NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It's been a trying period for internationally-minded investors in 2011.With political turmoil sweeping through the Middle East and Northern Africa, debt issues gripping the European Union and Japan still struggling to recover after its devastating earthquake, finding investing solace outside the U.S. borders requires a careful eye and plenty of patience. Although at this time the options appear slim, there are nations out there that have exhibited strength. By using ETFs, investors can keep these countries on the radar.
Given the continent's looming debt issues, ultra conservative investors may find Europe to be too treacherous a venture. However, for those with some tolerance for risk, there are corners of this continent that have exhibited strength recently. For instance, as troubled nations such as Spain, Portugal, and Greece have dominated headlines, Sweden has become a standout performer. The nation's markets have continued to grow at a comfortable rate and last week the nation raised its interest rates for a sixth time. The iShares MSCI Sweden Index Fund ( EWD) is the best option for investors looking to add Swedish exposure to their portfolios. For more on this fund, be sure to check out this week's video.
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