Swedish armed forces may fire up to a third of staff

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STOCKHOLM, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The armed forces in non-aligned Sweden are facing deep job cuts which could hit up to a third of its 20,000 staff to avoid a ballooning defence budget deficit, the army said in a report on Friday. The report, which will form the basis for a government defence bill later this year, said the armed forces would need to fire between 2,600 and 3,600 military personnel and 2,100 to 3,000 civilian staff to meet budget constraints in 2005-2007. Swedish military ...

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