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Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party has stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid
Fredrik Reinfeldt answers the constitutional affairs committee's questions. Photo: TT

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid

Sweden's prime minister on Thursday said Vattenfall itself, not its owners the Swedish state, had responsibility for the loss-making Nuon deal. READ () »

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia
Jas Gripen jets in flight. File photo: TT

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia

Swedish defence giant Saab has offered to rent out fighter jets to Malaysia. READ () »

Greens push rich tax to finance schools
Per Bolund of The Greens. File photo: TT

Greens push rich tax to finance schools

Sweden's third largest party The Greens revealed its shadow budget on Wednesday, targeting schools and youth employment. High earners would have to pitch in more. READ () »

Elections 2014
Is the PM overstaying his welcome?
Kinberg Batra (L) next to the prime minister. File photo: TT

Is the PM overstaying his welcome?

Seen both as a statesman and a normal guy, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has a solid standing, despite his government's poor poll ratings. But have the Moderates prepared for life post-Reinfeldt? And does his successor matter to the voters? READ () »

Elections 2014
Sweden's feminist party fêtes dramatic poll climb
Fi leader Gudrun Schyman (C) at a party event. File: TT

Sweden's feminist party fêtes dramatic poll climb

Sweden's upstart feminist party on Monday welcomed news it had increased its voter support fivefold, but the social media savvy politicians still need a proper bump to get over the parliamentary threshold. READ () »

Saab bids on Kockums to keep Sweden's subs
Gunilla Fransson at Saab would take over Kockums production if a deal goes ahead. Photo: TT

Saab bids on Kockums to keep Sweden's subs

Saab announced on Monday that it had agreed with the German owner of Kockums to buy its Swedish submarine production sites. The understanding followed months of tensions, which culminated in staff poaching. READ () »

Swedish MEPs play truant in Brussels
A non-truant MEP. File photo: Lars Lindqvist/TT

Swedish MEPs play truant in Brussels

Half of Sweden's EU parliamentarians give every second committee meeting a miss, a new study into the MEPs' work habits revealed on Monday. One politician, however, had an almost perfect attendance record. READ () »

Elections 2014
Social Dems hike taxes in shadow budget
Magdalena Andersson. File photo: TT

Social Dems hike taxes in shadow budget

The main opposition party will reintroduce restaurant VAT and increase employers social security contributions if they form a government after the September elections. READ () »

Swede of the Week
Beggar for a day: 'Only children looked at me'
Nikoletta Jozsa. File photos: Private, Tidningen NU

Beggar for a day: 'Only children looked at me'

A Swedish local politician who pretended to be a beggar for five hours tells The Local about the shame, the physical pain, and being seen only by passing children and the few people who photographed her "like an object". READ () »

PM responds to 11-year-old's accusatory letter
Tess' letter to fredrik (sic).

PM responds to 11-year-old's accusatory letter

An 11-year-old girl's adorable letter to the Prime Minister asked why, "if you're the one in charge", he chops down Swedish forests. The reply, penned in officialese, was exhaustive, but left several questions unanswered. READ () »

Israeli lawyer in Sweden to talk settlements
Sweden's Riksdag. File: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Israeli lawyer in Sweden to talk settlements

Swedish MPs have invited Israeli lawyer Calev Myers to hold a seminar at the Riksdag on Thursday, but some observers question whether he represents the Israeli public opinion. READ () »

'No jobs in government budget': opposition
Sven-Olof Sällström faces Anders Borg. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

'No jobs in government budget': opposition

Finance Minister Anders Borg defended his spring budget on the floor of parliament on Wednesday, facing opposition flack from all quarters, including Sweden Democrat critique of asylum policy. READ () »

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