Winter shipping in Sweden and Finland
Shipping is an important engine for Swedish and Finnish industry. All of Finland's ports are ice-bound in winter, while Sweden has the longest coastline in Europe and every year ships and ferries transport more than 130 million tonnes of goods and 30 million people to and from Swedish ports. Finland should be regarded as an island with an economy that is dependent on shipping. In Finland the maritime cluster employs more than 50,000 people.