Hunger Games: Swedes Told to ‘Stock Their Homes’ as Food Reserves Dwindle

Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Swedish supermarkets offer their customers a wide choice of delicacies from across the globe, but are heavily reliant on imports. The Nordic country’s food reserves are so low that they would be eaten up within a single week in the event of a national emergency.

According to the Swedish Civil Defense Association, which is a volunteer organization assisting Swedish authorities in crisis situations, Sweden’s import-reliant supermarkets will only last one week in the event of war or a power failure, Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported.
Civil Defense Association Chairman Sven Lindgren explained that Sweden had a low level of self-sufficiency, with around half of what is consumed actually being imported from fellow EU member states or countries from outside the EU.

“Sweden and Norway are the worst in Europe when it comes to agricultural production. But Norway, unlike Sweden, has extensive fish resources,” Sven Lindgren told Swedish news outlet The Local. For the sake of comparison, neighboring Finland can survive six months on its own stockpiles.

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