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Sweden to share data supporting Canada's Arctic claims

In this September 23, 2015 photo, ice chunks are seen in the Northwest Passage in the Canadian High ArcticCanada and Sweden have reached a deal to share data that could help support Canadian claims to a vast swath of the Arctic beyond its natural borders, Ottawa announced Friday. The two northern nations signed a new five-year “Arctic science cooperation agreement” during a meeting in Stockholm between Canada’s Science Minister Kristy Duncan and Bjorn Dahlback, head of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. One component of the deal, which builds on a 2010 pact between the two Arctic Council members, also concerns “data gathering in support of Canada’s extended continental shelf submission for the Arctic Ocean,” the Canadian government said in a statement.

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