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Sweden Elects: Sign up to receive The Local’s new election newsletter

If you want to keep up to date and informed on Swedish politics ahead of the crucial autumn election then sign up to The Local's new election newsletter Sweden Elects. Here's how:

Sweden Elects: Sign up to receive The Local's new election newsletter
Sweden's party leaders await the start of a party leader debate on TV4 earlier this month. Photo: Fredrik Persson /TT

Sweden is facing a landmark election in September, with a win for the opposition bringing the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats their first chance to form national policy, and a win for the government putting the Social Democrats in power for the third term in a row. 

As usual, The Local will bring you all the news and analysis over the coming months to keep you up to date and help you understand just what’s at stake.

This year we are offering members of The Local (non-members will have to join before signing up) something exclusive and different that will help foreign residents in Sweden really understand all the different political issues at play during the election and how you could be affected.

From Monday July 4th – to coincide with the Almedalen political festival – The Local’s editor Emma Löfgren will publish a weekly election column and newsletter just for members that you can receive directly into your inbox.

The newsletter – called “Sweden Elects” – will give readers all the latest political analysis and also break down the big election battleground issues such as law and order, migration, schools, and healthcare so foreign residents can understand exactly how they might be impacted by the result.

If you’re a member you can sign up for the newsletter now simply by adding your email address to the box above in this article. You can also just select “Sweden Elects” on your newsletter options. You’ll receive the newsletter as an email each Monday throughout the campaign and the following weeks. 

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If you have any questions about the upcoming election, whether it’s about how it works or about some of the key political issues, don’t forget you can email our team at [email protected]

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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

Swedish PM: Moderate Party’s property tax warnings ‘completely absurd’

Sweden's prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, has yet again denied that her party plans to bring back a property tax, calling the Moderate Party's decision to campaign on the issue 'completely absurd'.

Swedish PM: Moderate Party's property tax warnings 'completely absurd'

In a long interview broadcast on Swedish state radio broadcaster SR, Andersson stressed that her party had no plans to bring back the property tax abolished by the Moderate-led government back in 2008. 

“We are not going to campaign on the back of a property tax, have no plans to do it, and have shown over the last eight years that we are not doing it,” she said. “It is completely absurd that the Moderates are running their campaign about this for the third or fourth time in a row. They were cranking this out in 2014, 2018 and now in 2022, and we have not brought back the property tax.” 

When pushed by the interviewer, however, Andersson refused to absolutely rule out making any changes to Sweden’s system of property taxation. 

“If I start to draw red lines, I will risk creating an even more locked situation after the election,” she said. “But there’s no question over what I believe. If you don’t want to bring back property tax, you should vote for the Social Democrats.” 

The Swedish Trade Union Confederation LO, is in favour of bringing back the property tax, which it describes as “one of the best taxes”, as is the Left Party.

After the interview, Tobias Billström and Elisabeth Svantesson, the Moderate Party’s group leader and financial spokesperson, said that by refusing to rule out bringing back the tax, Andersson had justified their decision to campaign on the issue. 

“Unequivocal message from Magdalena Andersson today in P1 Morgon,” Billström wrote on Twitter. “If the Left Party wants property tax to be reintroduced, it will happen. There are no red lines from S.” 

“Bringing back property tax is on the negotiating table,” Svantesson wrote. “She has no red lines there. Important — but expensive — message for Swedish households.” 

Andersson did, however, say that the Social Democrats want to raise taxes, saying that the party planned to bring in a new tax to fund building back Sweden’s defence capabilities, a so-called beredskapsskatt, or “preparedness tax”. 

“So that this will not end up taking priority over schools, pensions, healthcare and elderly care, we think that those with the highest incomes should be able to pay just a little bit extra towards this,” she said, although she would not go into detail on how “highest incomes” would be defined. 

“But in the economic situation we are in, it’s not the time to raise taxes for ordinary households,” she said. 

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