I'm just repeating what someone wrote earlier:
There are two championships in this one race. Within the race there is the swedish championship and the nordic championship. The swedish championship has always been there, while the nordic is new.
The idea was to give price money only to the top finishers in these championships. Previous years they have invited unknown, decent foreign runners. They have probably given them a fee just for their appearance, and some of them have also ended up with the price money. This year they are not gonna invite any runners except for the scandinavian national squads. They probably figured this would be enough for the audience, since, believe it or not, there are sub 2.20-runners in scandinavia as well. It would also mean that there would be an actual championship race, instead of having every second runner in the front being a non-participant.
Personally, I think the idea of a nordic championship is stupid. But it is what it is. Since they're gonna have it, they might as well do it right. And even though they've changed their minds about the price money, I still don't think they are gonna invite any other elite runners, so there still won't be any non-scandinavians who don't get any price money. IMO, this whole thing doesn't mean shit.