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Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership
Centre Party leader Annie Lööf. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership

6 hours ago

Sweden's opposition is moving towards a unified front on Nato membership after Centre party bosses announced they would advocate joining the defence alliance on Tuesday.

Sweden moves to save disputed Gotland forest
Environment Minister Åsa Romson at Monday's press conference. Photo: Stig Hammarstedt/TT

Sweden moves to save disputed Gotland forest

1 day ago

A long-running dispute over a proposed limestone quarry for the Swedish island of Gotland could be coming to an end after the government moved to turn the forest into a protected area.

Text messages to warn Swedes of terror attacks
Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Text messages to warn Swedes of terror attacks

August 28, 2015

The Swedish government wants to step up its fight against terror with a new strategy that includes warning civilians to stay away from certain geographical areas via text message.

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'Largest job initiative in many, many years': PM
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Wednesday. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

'Largest job initiative in many, many years': PM

August 26, 2015

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has insisted he will achieve his goal of Sweden having the lowest unemployment rate in the EU by 2020 and said that the government's autumn budget will focus on job creation and affordable housing.

Sweden Democrats gain in another record poll
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Sweden Democrats gain in another record poll

August 25, 2015

The Sweden Democrats scored record support in another poll on Tuesday, backing up previous surveys suggesting that voters are abandoning mainstream parties in favour of the nationalists.

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UK seeks support from Sweden for EU reform
Sweden's Magdalena Andersson and the UK's George Osborne in Stockholm. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

UK seeks support from Sweden for EU reform

August 24, 2015

UPDATED: The UK's finance minister George Osborne has told a press conference in Stockholm that he hopes to work closely with his Swedish counterpart, Magdalena Andersson, as he attempts to push his case for reform in Europe.

Swedish PM homes in on feminism in key speech
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaking at a meeting of the Social Democratic Youth League in Västerås on Monday. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish PM homes in on feminism in key speech

August 10, 2015

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven returned to the hot seat after the summer holidays on Monday with a speech referencing international feminist icons Lena Dunham and Emma Watson.

Swedish ex-politicians get millions in payouts
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven pictured with his parliamentary colleagues in December 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish ex-politicians get millions in payouts

August 03, 2015

The government changeover last autumn has cost the Swedish taxpayer a whopping 147 million kronor ($17 million) in severance payments for politicians and officials, it was revealed on Monday.

Nationalist gains as Moderates dip in polls
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson at Almedalen. Photo TT

Nationalist gains as Moderates dip in polls

July 09, 2015

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party gained support during last week’s national political conference Almedalen, while backing for the country’s main centre-right opposition group fell.

Almedalen 2015
Swedes should vote at 16, says top feminist
Gudrun Schyman in Visby this week. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedes should vote at 16, says top feminist

July 06, 2015

UPDATED: The co-leader of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party has proposed lowering the nation’s voting age in a key speech.

Almedalen 2015
BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Eight
Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Eight

July 05, 2015

The Swedish Liberal Party tried to score some new support after a year of plummeting in the polls, with leader Jan Björklund taking centre stage on the final day of Almedalen.

Almedalen 2015
BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Seven
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt speaking at Almedalen 2015 on Saturday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Seven

July 04, 2015

It's the seventh day of Almedalen, the most important week in Swedish politics, and the Left Party is running the show. The Local is live blogging the key moments.

Almedalen 2015
Opposition head pledges lower taxes on first jobs
Sweden's Moderate party leader Anna Kinberg Batra at Almedalen. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

Opposition head pledges lower taxes on first jobs

July 03, 2015

Moderate Party leader Anna Kinberg Batra spoke about jobs in her first speech at Almedalen since becoming head of Sweden's biggest opposition party.

Almedalen 2015

Sweden's green leader in second Auschwitz gaffe

July 03, 2015

UPDATED: Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Green Party leader Åsa Romson has stirred up a storm after she placed Auschwitz in southern Germany instead of Poland, her second gaffe about the holocaust.

Almedalen 2015

BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Six

July 03, 2015

Anna Kinberg Batra - the new leader of Sweden's biggest opposition party, the Moderates - focused on job creation in her first speech at Almedalen, Sweden's huge week-long politics forum.

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