Disinfo: A real horror is going on in Northern Europe as a result of joining the EU, Sweden and Finland economically collapsed

Summary

There has been a complete collapse of industry in Sweden after joining the EU, there was a similar collapse in Finland where GDP fell by 25 per cent after the collapse of the USSR.

Disproof

Although there had been a slight decline in Finland's GDP after 1991, this was followed by a much longer period of stable growth and currently, Finland's GDP is approximately 100-150 per cent higher than it used to be in the beginning of the 1990s: see the historical data here. "Collapsed" Sweden has 22nd-23rd highest GDP in the world (depending on whether the ranking is by IMF, World Bank, or the UN).

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Finland, Sweden
  • Keywords: European Union, Economic difficulties

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