The funding will be used to study potential routes and make preparations for the selection of operators.

“More and more people want to be able to travel climate-smart, both on holiday and for work,” says deputy finance minister, Mr Per Bolund. “Now it is up to us politicians to contribute to the train becoming an obvious alternative for travel to Europe.”

Last month Snälltåget announced it will operate additional overnight services between Malmö and Berlin during the summer and launched online booking to 30 destinations across Germany via connections with German Rail (DB) long-distance and regional services.