Stock exchanges in Norther Europe crash twice on Friday

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nasdaq Nordic, which owns most stock exchanges in the Nordics and Baltics, twice suspended its equity trading Friday throughout the region for hours because of unspecified "connectivity issues."

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The problems affected equity markets in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, starting in mid-morning.

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Two hours later, markets restarted only to be halted again a few minutes later with the same explanation. They were kept shut for another than two hours and only markets in Denmark, Finland and Iceland were restarted.

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The bond and fund markets were functioning throughout the day.

The problems did not affect the Oslo stock exchange, which is not part of Nasdaq Nordics.