Sveriges Riksbank

The central banks in Sweden and Denmark have decided to enter into swap agreements under which Latvijas Bank, the central bank of Latvia, may borrow up to EUR 500 million in exchange for Latvian lats.

The swap agreements entitle Latvijas Banka to borrow euro against Latvian lats when and if the need arises. The swap agreement of up to EUR 500 million granted by the Riksbank, provides short-term funding in order to assist the preservation of macroeconomic and financial stability in Latvia. The Riksbank agreement amounts to EUR 375 million, Nationalbank - to EUR 125 million.

The Latvian parliament has decided on a number of measures to address the economic problems that the country is facing. These measures are also a precondition for the programme for financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that has been drawn up and that the Executive Board of the IMF will decide on in the near future. The bridging loans provided by the Riksbank will support financial stability in Latvia until the IMF programme for Latvia has been decided on.

"It is important that central banks cooperate and assist each other in times of financial crisis. There is also a risk that a financial crisis in Latvia could spread and create unease on the financial markets in Sweden and our neighbouring countries. Ultimately, it could affect the payment system and the Swedish economy. It is therefore in the Riksbank's interest to help to avoid such a situation by signing a swap agreement with the central bank of Latvia," says the Governor of the Riksbank, Stefan Ingves.

See statement from Sverige Riksbank, the Sweden's central bank on