Bildt said this at an interview in Iceland, at a TV program called Silfur Egils. The minister did however not want to tell Icelanders what to do, whether they should join the EU or not.
"This is entirely up to the Icelanders, so I do not have a strong opinion on that. But that being said, and seen from my point of view - and the Swedish point of view - and the Nordic point of view, then we would welcome Icelanders if they want to join the union. We would like that. But this is not up to us, this is up to the Icelandic nation." said Carl Bildt.