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Did you know that agriculture in Finland and Sweden holds a special status within the EU?

Agriculture in Sweden and Finland holds a special status within the EU as Finland and Sweden negotiated for a specific Nordic Aid Scheme with the EU during their accession negotiations. The scheme applies to agricultural areas north of the 62nd degree latitude that are less suited for cultivation than areas in the southern parts of the continent.

By joining the EU, Member States become a part of the Common Agricultural Policy which manages support and funds for agriculture and farmers within the EU. By negotiating on a specific definition for areas as nordic agricultural areas for their accession in 1985, Sweden and Finland gained the right to add to the EU support from their own funds. The states can thus provide additional support to agricultural areas where conditions for cultivation are difficult, and thus to guarantee the continuation of agriculture in inclement areas.