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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

What’s a röstkort? How to decipher your Swedish voting card

If you're voting for the first time in Sweden, here's the vocabulary you need to know to be able to read your voting card.

What's a röstkort? How to decipher your Swedish voting card
Have you received your voting card yet? Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Everyone who is eligible to vote in two or all of Sweden’s three elections on September 11th should by now have received their röstkort, voting card, which tells you where you should go to vote and in which election.

Even if you’re not a Swedish citizen, you may be eligible to vote for the regional and local council (here’s more information about your voting rights).

The document may look intimidating, so here’s what you need to know:

Firstly, in the top left-hand corner it lists the elections in which you have rösträtt (the right to vote): riksdagen (parliament) and/or kommunfullmäktige (the municipal council) and regionfullmäktige (the regional council). 

It also tells you your valkrets (constituency). Parties can nominate different representatives for different valkretsar, but other than that your valkrets doesn’t matter much. It’s not like in some countries, for example the UK, where members of parliament have much stronger ties to their constituencies.

Next, the document gives you the address and opening hours of your vallokal (polling station). This is where you should go to vote if you vote on Election Day.

It also says which valdistrikt (electoral district) you belong to and ditt nummer i röstlängden (your electoral roll number). Again, these are important mainly for administrative reasons, so don’t worry too much about them.

The next thing you should pay attention to is the section labelled förtidsrösta (vote in advance), which gives you examples of where you can vote before Election Day. Early voting is possible from August 24th and you can vote in any municipality in Sweden. The list of early voting polling stations will probably not show all stations in your town; you can find all early voting polling stations and their opening hours via this link.

Other useful information on the voting card includes how to vote by proxy if you’re unable to make it to a polling station in person and how to vote from abroad. If you have questions about how to vote in Sweden, check out the Election Authority’s English-language pages or call their advisory hotline on 020-825 825.

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Swedish PM’s top aide resigns over illegal eel fishing

One of Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson's top aides has resigned from his post after it emerged that he had been fined by police for illegally fishing for eels and had twice lied to the authorities about what happened.

Swedish PM's top aide resigns over illegal eel fishing

PM Nilsson lied twice to police about eel fishing equipment he was caught with, the second time after he was appointed as state secretary at the end of October. 

After the resignation, Kristersson said he was disappointed that Nilsson, who had previously been a columnist for the Dagens Industri newspaper, had had to step down. 

“I think of course that it is unfortunate that this situation has come about, but I understand his decision,” he said in a written comment to the TT newswire. “PM Nilsson has been a highly appreciated member of the team and is a highly competent person. We are going to miss him.” 

READ ALSO: Why a political aide’s eel denial is causing friction in Sweden

Nilsson announced his decision on Facebook, saying that he had already apologised and paid the fines. 

“I understand how improper it is to fish for eels without a permit and to not tell things as they were to the authorities, even if I have since then rung the police and admitted that I had caught 15 fish,” he wrote in the post. 

Nilsson was recently fined for poaching eel in 2021, and has admitted to having lied to police in a conversation just before Christmas when he claimed that the eel-fishing equipment he had been caught with was not his. He later regretted this decision and informed the police.  

In his Facebook post, Nilsson referred to media reports that police were now investigating him for a further crime of contravening a law to protect endangered species, saying he did not know if this were the case. 

The opposition Social Democrats on Monday referred Ulf Kristersson to the parliament’s Committee on the Constitution, requiring him to explain the situation around Nilsson, and about whether Kristersson knew of the poaching incident when he appointed him, and also on the security vetting which took place. 

“We need to get clarity about how the process of recruiting him took place,” Ardalan Shekarabi, the party’s justice spokesman, said. “What we are chiefly reacting against is that the state secretary lied to the authorities.”

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