THE SNP’s youth wing has taken major steps in establishing international ties with a prominent Nordic party ahead of indyref2.

Young Scots for Independence (YSI) have agreed a deal with the Swedish Social Democrats’ youth wing (SSU), emphasising “cooperation, internationalism and solidarity”.

The groups have pledged to meet on monthly video calls to discuss policy issues and learn from the successes of each group.

It comes as the battle for Scotland’s future was kickstarted earlier this week when Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to hold a second independence referendum on October 19, 2023.

The example of Nordic countries will provide key ammunition for the Yes side.

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Sweden, Denmark and Norway were all mentioned in the Scottish Government’s list of comparator countries which they said proved Scotland was being held back by the Union.

The YSI and SSU have established a “framework” through which they aim to discuss policy issues and share key lessons from their campaigns.

Olaf Stando, the YSI’s international officer, told The National: “From now on we’re going to have monthly Zoom calls to basically exchange information about what’s going on.

“We want to work together on policy stuff, for example they’re really inspired by Scotland’s baby box, Scotland’s climate justice fund.

“We want to teach them more about that so they can introduce policies like that at their [party] conference.”

Party conferences allow members to put forward ideas they think should become part of the group’s official platform.

In a joint statement, the groups hailed the agreement as “the beginning of a new effort of cooperation, internationalism and solidarity between the Swedish and Scottish progressive parties”.

They added: “Our economies and societies have a lot in common, which is why learning from each other can help us tackle together the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

SNP youth members travelled to Stockholm to meet with their Swedish counterparts ahead of striking the deal.

YSI convenor Erin Mwembo said the groups would be working together “towards our common goals of social and climate justice”.

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She added Scotland has “a lot to learn from our Nordic neighbours”.

Olaf Stando, the YSI’s international officer said: “Scotland has what it takes to thrive with independence and join the Nordic family of nations - and as we power ahead to next year’s referendum campaign, we must present our case with confidence, optimism and a relentless sense of internationalism.”

The SSU’s leader Lisa Nåbo said: “Our societies have a lot in common, and the renewed relations between SSU and YSI are essential when it comes to tackling common issues on an international level.”