Published: 17 Sep 10 13:33 CET | Print version
Welcome to The Local's Guide to the 2010 Swedish Elections.
It's already been four years since Swedes last voted on a new parliament and chose representatives for municipal and county councils. And on September 19th, the polls will open once again.
Will Sweden end up with its first female prime minister? Will a centre-right government manage to win an unprecedented a second term in power? And what’s at stake in the races for municipalities and counties?
Over the next two weeks, The Local will publish several articles designed to help readers get their heads around the different parties and some of their respective positions on a range of issues.
Whether you're planning to cast your vote in Sweden for the first time, or are simply interested in learning more, bookmark this page and keep coming back to check out the latest updates to The Guide.
You can also check our special section, Election 2010, which includes every election-related news story, including poll results, policy positions, and more.
Monday, September 6th
Introducing the Alliance
Introducing the Red-Greens
Tuesday, September 7th
Introducing the Social Democrats
Introducing the Moderates
Wednesday, September 8th
Introducing the Liberals
Introducing the Green Party
Thursday, September 9th
Introducing the Left Party
Friday, September 10th
Introducing the Centre Party
Introducing the Christian Democrats
Monday, September 13th
Introducing the Sweden Democrats
Introducing the Feminist Initiative
Tuesday, September 14th
Introducing the Pirate Party
Election Q&A: the Moderate Party
Election Q&A: the Green Party
Wednesday, September 15th
Election Q&A: the Left Party
Election Q&A: the Liberal Party - updated
How to vote in the Swedish elections
Thursday, September 16th
Election Q&A: the Social Democratic Party
Election outcomes - the lowdown
In addition to the choice cuts fed to you on a daily basis and detailed above, The Local's election coverage has also included a wealth of feature articles and analysis to assist your understanding of the ins and outs of what is at stake. Here they all are, gathered for your perusal:
Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden
Dramatic election set to make Swedish history
Sweden's welfare state has endured centre-right rule
Cheryl Jones Fur - An American voice in Swedish politics
Parties struggle to entice first time voters
Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?
Alliance touts strong economy in election bid
'Well-meaning Swedes treat migrants like pets'
Check out The Local's up-to the minute coverage of election night from several of the parties' temporary headquarters, as well as development during the day following the election.
Live Blog: election night in Sweden
Live Blog: post-election developments
External link: The Local's 2010 Election special section »
Police arrested eight people on Tuesday night as more cars were torched in several areas around Stockholm, with rioters terrorizing the streets for the third night in a row. READ () »
Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has buckled under the pressure of European competition and will turn off the switch on a cable production plant in Sweden, leaving 350 employees without jobs. READ () »
A man long referred to as Sweden's most notorious serial killer after being convicted of eight murders has had cleared of two more of the killings, prosecutors announced on Tuesday. READ () »
With summer around the corner and tourists already heading to the Swedish capital, part-time Stockholmer Erik Bloom shares the secrets of how to find the ten best places to visit in Stockholm that the average visitor may never find. READ () »
While Sweden has a reputation for having one of the most painful tax bills in the world, a new report ranks Sweden 20th when comparing the tax burden on salaries when social security payments and salary brackets are taken into account. READ () »
Seven people were arrested on Tuesday following the Husby riots in northern Stockholm, with Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt warning that the unrest may continue. READ () »
Internet policy experts gather in Stockholm this week to grapple with online data protection and surveillance issues that everyone who surfs the web should care about, reports technologist Stefan Geens. READ () »
Sweden needs a new story better equipped to deal with and include today's demographic diversity and create a new Swedishness that is separate from whiteness, write representatives from the Multicultural Centre in Botkyrka near Stockholm. READ () »
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