In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish

From The Local's archives: Sweden's prime minister isn't afraid of a silly photo-op: put a can of fermented herring in front of him, and he'll smell it. The Local rounds up the best images of Stefan Löfven looking like the stereotypical Swede.

In pictures: 15 times Stefan Löfven looked incredibly Swedish
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven trying to look relaxed in a hammock. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Article originally published in 2017.

Last winter Löfven posed for pictures while riding a snowmobile. But it is not the first time the Swedish prime minister has been in very Swedish situations. We went through the archives and found this:

1. That time he smelled (and ate) fermented fish… and enjoyed it

Only a real Swede gets that close to a newly opened can of surströmming. Photo: Susanne Lindholm/TT

2. That time he showed India how to tackle an Ikea box

Löfven unpacking a model of an Ikea store in India. Photo: Tobias Osterberg/TT

3. That time he cruised on a snowmobile in freezing cold Jämtland

Löfven, Stefan Löfven. Photo: Robert Henriksson/TT

4. That time he took workplace safety seriously in Tidaholm

Löfven making sure everyone has their hi-vis vests on at a factory in Tidaholm. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

5. That time he sat as far from everybody as possible in parliament

Löfven likes to sit by himself, even in parliament. It’s the Swedish way. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

6. That time he got into Sweden colours for Euro 2016

“We only lost 1-0! High five!” Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

7. All those times he went in for the traditional Swedish hug

Löfven isn’t afraid of a good old-fashioned Swedish hug. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

8. That time he ate liquorice flavoured ice cream (and enjoyed that, too)

Only a Swede would think combining liquorice and ice cream is a good thing. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

9. That time he left his car at home and took the train to work

Löfven stepping off the train to Uppsala from Stockholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

10. That time he unashamedly attacked fika

Buns, you say? Don’t mind if I do… Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

This list was first published in February 2017 as a top-ten list. But then the pictures kept coming, so we just kept adding…

11. That time he took fitness seriously in Hofors

Löfven during a visit to a medical practice in Hofors. Swedes are nuts for exercise. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

12. That time he fell out of the hammock

Totally relatable though. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

13. That time he carried his food on a tray

Wondering what he had for lunch? Falukorv, bostongurka and mashed potato. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

14. That time he went sailing with an enormous Swedish flag

Löfven on a ferry between Oskarshamn and Öland. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

15. Another time he took workplace safety seriously

Will these protect me against the opposition? Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT


Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

READ ALSO: What happens next as parliament reopens? 

In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.