"The participants are from universities, state export companies and the North Korean foreign trade ministry. They have been invited by the International Council of Swedish Industry," a Swedish public radio station reported.
North Korea’s economy is centrally controlled and plagued by chronic food shortages, but the country’s new leader, Kim Jong-Eun, has hinted at reforms.
Among other stops, the delegation visited a Stockholm vegetable wholesaler, who said the North Koreans asked basic questions about the government’s control of the economy there, according to the Swedish news site TheLocal.se :
"They asked how much we earn, what the average salary is and many of the questions were about how involved the government is," [marketing director] Benny Olsson said.
"They asked us if the government decided what the company's maximum salary is....They come from a completely different world, they don't understand our world and I don't understand theirs," he said.
Sweden was among the first Western nations to establish diplomatic relations with the reclusive Asian country.
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