Economic recovery could bring quick rate hikes: Riksbank

Economic recovery could bring quick rate hikes: Riksbank

Sweden’s central bank could raise interest rates quickly to combat inflation associated with an economic recovery in Sweden, Riksbank chief Stefan Ingves warned on Wednesday.

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TetraPak billionaire offers Borg unsolicted tax policy advice

Hans Rausing, the self-exiled Swedish billionaire who founded the TetrPak packaging empire, has taken the liberty of advising finance minister Anders Borg on what he could do to attract more companies to Sweden.

Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy

Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy

One man has been arrested following a suspicious car fire outside of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon.

What’s on in Sweden: May 8 – 14

What’s on in Sweden: May 8 – 14

What's on in Sweden: English speaking theatre and American Vaudeville in Stockholm; Uncle Vanya and LGBT Festival in Gothenburg; Jean Michel Jarre in Malmö

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Politicians’ text messages ‘public documents’: Swedish court

Text messages sent to or from politicians can be considered public documents, a Swedish has ruled.

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First swine flu case confirmed in Sweden

Swedish health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 50s in the Stockholm area has contracted a mild form of the swine flu virus that has claimed at least 31 lives.

Foster parents ‘hung boys from hooks’

Foster parents ‘hung boys from hooks’

The plight of three young brothers who were allegedly placed in sacks and hung from hooks in the attic of a foster home in central Sweden has led to charges against the couple in whose care the boys were placed following the death of their mother.

The Local’s guide to voting in the 2009 EU Parliament elections

The Local’s guide to voting in the 2009 EU Parliament elections

Welcome to The Local’s Essential Guide to Voting in the 2009 European Parliamentary Elections.

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The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less

The European Parliament is the EU’s primary legislative body and meets (in true EU fashion) both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, France, depending on the day of the week.

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European Parliamentary Elections

Elections to the European Parliament are held every five years.

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Who can vote in Sweden?

All Swedish citizens aged 18 or over are eligible to vote. In addition, all citizens of EU countries resident in Sweden are eligible to vote in Sweden.

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How do I vote and how does the election work?

If you are eligible to vote, you should receive a voting card in the post from the Election Authority by May 19th.

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Who on earth do I vote for on June 7th?

Good question.

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But what do the parties in Sweden actually want to do?

In order to keep our sanity (and your attention), we’ll restrict our quick-and-dirty summaries to the seven Riksdag parties and four smaller parties making headlines ahead of this year’s vote.

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Riksdag Parties (from left to right)

Below are several short election platform summaries for the seven political parties currently represented in the Riksdag.

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Other parties to watch (in no particular order)

Here are some of the other political parties with the potential to have an impact in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections.

Com Hem under fire for major power outage

Com Hem under fire for major power outage

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post- och telestyrelsen - PTS) is to launch an inquiry into a television, internet and IP telephony outage that affected hundreds of thousands of Com Hem's customers on Tuesday evening.

Reinfeldt extracts EU presidency ‘truce’ from opposition

Reinfeldt extracts EU presidency ‘truce’ from opposition

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday urged party leaders from the political opposition to agree to a truce on contentious domestic issues during Sweden’s upcoming European Union (EU) presidency.

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Swede indicted for NASA computer hack

US authorities announced on Tuesday the indictment of a 21-year-old Swede on charges of hacking into computer systems at the NASA space agency and US networking giant Cisco.

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Porn scandal shakes Swedish airport agency

Sweden’s airport authority is reeling after an investigation into computer network problems revealed that several employees were surfing pornographic websites while on the job.