European countries are taking part in the firefighting mission in Sweden

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Europe is sending hundreds of firefighters to help Swedish emergency services put out multiple forest fires across the Nordic country.

The Commission coordinates one of the largest fire coordination operations under the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

In particular, European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Portugal, Poland and Austria are participating in the firefighting mission in Sweden.

More than 340 firefighters are battling the blaze Fires continue to rage in Sweden as there are still about fifty fires, according to emergency officials. 

The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianidis, who is in charge of the operation, stated that "we work 24 hours a day to help Sweden and this is our duty in a Europe that protects and is close to the citizens".

The Fires have destroyed vast areas of forest, while the heatwave is causing huge problems in agriculture. Crops have been hit by a lack of rain and water levels in the dams, which produce half of the country's electricity, have also been drastically reduced.