Sweden sold weapons to the value of 13.5 billion kronor in 2009, 7 percent more than 2008, according to new figures released by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls. In Southeast Asia the buyers were Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, reports The Local.
More than half of exports went to other EU countries, along with Norway and Switzerland.
27 percent was sold to countries, defined by Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls as “established partners”, including the US, Australia, South Africa, Canada, South Korea and Singapore.
The final 20 percent went to twenty different countries, dominated by Pakistan and India, but also including Malaysia (129 million kronor), Thailand (81 million kronor) and the United Arab Emirates.
Swedish Green Party spokesman Lars Ångström said he was distressed to see Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Malaysia among the recipient nations.