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An activist for the newly started Nyans party hands out voting slips at a polling station on election day. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Moderate Party leader tasked with negotiating Sweden’s next government

The speaker of Sweden’s parliament has nominated Ulf Kristersson as his first candidate for prime minister, meaning the Moderate party leader now must strike deal with the far-right Sweden Democrats and other parties to pass a vote in parliament.

Andreas Norlén, speaker of Sweden’s Parliament, said at a press conference on Monday afternoon that after holding talks with the leaders of all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary parties he had identified Kristersson as the one most likely to be voted in by parliament as Prime Minister.

“This has been a pretty simple decision to make,” he said. “The information I have received is that the negotiations, as the party leaders have said earlier today, are continuing to be carried out in a good spirit, and that they hope to reach a result.”

Under Sweden’s system of negative parliamentarianism, a prime ministerial candidate needs only to convince a majority of members of parliament not to vote against them.

As the four parties who campaigned in this month’s election with a promise to back Kristersson as Prime Minister secured 176 of parliament’s mandates to the left bloc’s 173, he should be able to do this, so long as his disparate coalition can agree on who should be in the new government and what policies it should have.

Swedish vocab: i goda anda in a good spirit

Moderate Party leader: ‘We want to create a government for all Swedes’

The Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson has said he hopes to create a government “for all Swedes”, after holding the first of Monday’s meetings with the speaker of parliament over forming the next government.

“My goal is clear,” Kristersson said after the meeting at 10.30am. “I want to build a government for all Swedes. All Swedes who are now worried about different things in our society. I want to build a government that brings people together and doesn’t split them apart, which unites and does not divide. From a divided country to a united one.”

Swedish vocab: att bilda regering – to put together/build a government 

Stockholm stock exchange hits its lowest point this year

The OMXS-index of shares in Stockholm is now 30 percent down since the start of the year, its lowest point since shares began their long decline. 

“I think it’s maybe time to start looking for the bottom,” said Esbjörn Lundevall, chief analyst at SEB bank. “It’s not impossible that it’s closer than people think. The market always hits a bottom a while before the business cycle does.” 

He said that the market was worried that high energy costs, high interest rates, and high costs for businesses would damage consumer buying power, pushing Europe into a recession. 

“The market is convinced that Europe is going into a recession,” Lundevall said. 

Swedish vocab: övertygad – convinced

Nyans was biggest of the small parties in Sweden’s election 

The newly started immigrant party Nyans was the biggest of the smaller, fringe parties in this year’s general election, getting 28,352 votes in the parliamentary election, equivalent to 0.4 percent of eligible voters. 

The party got 2.8 percent in the municipal election in Malmö, narrowly missing the 3 percent threshold to get a position in the municipal council. 

The party came ahead of the extreme-right Alternativ för Sverige party, which received 16,646 röster (0.26 percent), and the right-wing Medborgerlig samling, or Citizens’ Coalition, which received 0.2 percent of the votes. 

Sofie Blombäck, a researcher into new political parties at Mittuniversitet, said that Nyans drew some of its voters from people who otherwise would have stayed on the sofa and not voted at all, and some from the left bloc. 

Swedish vocab: soffliggare – voters who otherwise would have stayed on the sofa

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Right-wing parties back Norlén, gangs 'recruited children over summer', passport queues, and Södermalm explosion: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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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 have agreed to vote on Monday to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place. They have also agreed that the Sweden Democrats will hold eight out of the 16 chairmanships the bloc has of parliamentary committees. 

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

The decision was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson, who said that Norlén had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

Under the agreement, the right-wing parties have also nominated Julia Kronlid as the second deputy Speaker, a decision that was opposed by the Left Party, who accused Kronlid of wanting to tighten abortion laws.  

Swedish vocab: erforderlig – required/necessary

Police fear more children recruited to gangs over summer 

Police have warned that gangs in Sweden have been recruiting school children when they are free during the summer months, with officers fearing that these children will then be put to use in their networks in the autumn. 

“I am extremely worried that this is going to continue,” said Carin Götblad, senior police at the Swedish police’s National Operative Division NOA. 

Swedish vocab: oro – worry 

Pandemic effect means a two-month wait for a passport in Sweden 

It is still taking at least two months to renew a passport in Sweden, with police hoping to get waiting times down to normal by December. 

According to Per Engström, the police officer brought in to lead the police’s crisis response to the situation, the police had so far offered three million passport application visits, compared to two million in a normal year. 

He said that in future, the passport office would send sms reminders to people whose passes are about to expire to avoid such a rush in the months leading up to the summer. 

Most regions can now offer passport application appointments without unusual delays, with the exception of Eastern Sweden and Bergslagen, where there are no appointments for seven to eight weeks. What is causing the delay elsewhere is the time taken to print and deliver the documents. 

Swedish vocab: väntetider – waiting times

Major explosion in Södermalm, Stockholm, on Friday night 

Many of the 20 people evacuated after an explosion in an apartment building in the trendy Stockholm district of Södermalm were allowed to return home on Sunday. 

The explosion took place in the stairwell of the building, and one person has been taken in to be interviewed by police and then released. There is currently no suspect for the blast. 

Police are considering whether the attack is connected to another which took place in Huvudsta in Solna on Thursday evening. 

Swedish vocab: en koppling – a connection