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Missouri Gov. Parson sets out for trade mission to Sweden, Germany

A view of Deutsche Bank's corporate headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Skyscrapers in Frankfurt, Germany.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson along with First Lady Teresa Parson is set to journey to Sweden and Germany today for a weeklong trade mission.

The governor’s trip is funded by a private foundation and includes stops in Stockholm, Frankfurt and Stuttgart to meet with government and business leaders. Gov. Parson will meet with foreign companies already doing business in Missouri and with firms he hopes to lure to the Show-Me State.

Last year, Missouri exported goods worth at least $710 million to Sweden and Germany, including electrical equipment, fabricated metals and pharmaceutical products.

The two European Union countries dwarf Missouri, with more than 90 million residents and economies worth several trillion dollars between them.

Gregory Holman is a KSMU reporter and editor focusing on public affairs.