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UK special relationship remains with Indiana

April 20, 2010
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Last Thursday, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the U.S. visited Bloomington and gave a speech to IU students, faculty, and staff.  While Sir Nigel Sheinwald spoke about the importance of the UK’s “special relationship” with the U.S. and British policies on a wide range of issues.  In addition, he also highlighted the importance of the UK to the U.S. and Indiana economically.  As the posting “2009 a mixed picture for Indiana’s exports to Western Europe” showed, it remains an important trading partner for Indiana.  In 2009, Indiana exported $1.63 billion worth of goods the UK, accounting for 7% of the state’s exports.  This makes it Indiana’s third largest trading partner and largest trading partner outside of North America.  In addition, the UK was the largest foreign investor in Indiana in 2007, as firms from the UK invested almost $11.4 billion in Indiana, producing 35,300 jobs.  All of this indicates the strong importance of the UK for Indiana.

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