Sick leave dominates first election year debate

Sick leave dominates first election year debate

Sweden's two political blocs each set out their stalls on Wednesday in the first parliamentary debate of 2010, with sickness benefits proving the main bone of contention.

Opposition youth league registers government ‘Alliance’ brand

Opposition youth league registers government ‘Alliance’ brand

Government promises tax cut for pensioners

Government promises tax cut for pensioners

Green Party lays out election platform

Green Party lays out election platform

Opposition lead widens in new poll

Opposition lead widens in new poll

Sahlin turns to party old guard for election surge

Sahlin turns to party old guard for election surge

Opposition retains opinion poll initiative

Opposition retains opinion poll initiative

Rival blocs tackle one million floating voters

Rival blocs tackle one million floating voters

Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

Social Democrats seek apology over Sahlin slur

Social Democrats seek apology over Sahlin slur

Opposition outlines billion kronor tax hike

Opposition outlines billion kronor tax hike

Opposition flirts with single mums

Opposition flirts with single mums

Opposition touts tax cuts to fuel employment

Opposition touts tax cuts to fuel employment

Alliance coalition pulls ahead of opposition: poll

Alliance coalition pulls ahead of opposition: poll

Swede concern over uncertain UK election

Swede concern over uncertain UK election

Alliance manifesto touts fiscal responsibility

Alliance manifesto touts fiscal responsibility

Reinfeldt and Sahlin lock horns in televised debate

Reinfeldt and Sahlin lock horns in televised debate

Greens call for 35-hour working week

Greens call for 35-hour working week

Gap narrows as far-right and Left decline: poll

Gap narrows as far-right and Left decline: poll

Swedes back centre-right government in a crisis

Swedes back centre-right government in a crisis

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Sweden Democrats to cut foreign aid for welfare

Government pulls ahead in poll

Government pulls ahead in poll

Opposition united on EU policy: report

Opposition united on EU policy: report

Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll

Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll

No tax cuts next year: Moderates

No tax cuts next year: Moderates

Alliance retains lead as gap narrows: poll

Alliance retains lead as gap narrows: poll

Government enjoys high trust rating

Government enjoys high trust rating

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MPs support Sweden Democrats isolation: poll

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Absentee voting begins in Swedish elections

Government extends poll lead as election looms

Government extends poll lead as election looms

Borg calls for renewed privatization drive

Borg calls for renewed privatization drive

Organic certifier upset by Green Party tomato

Organic certifier upset by Green Party tomato

Green Party withdraws organic tomato ad

Green Party withdraws organic tomato ad

Government parties gear up for election

Government parties gear up for election

Social Democrats focus on jobless youths

Social Democrats focus on jobless youths

Swedish seniors set to vote in droves

Swedish seniors set to vote in droves

Sahlin slams Reinfeldt’s tax cut pledge

Sahlin slams Reinfeldt’s tax cut pledge

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Opposition proposes new serious crime unit

Red-Greens agree on property tax changes

Red-Greens agree on property tax changes

Moderates pledge billions for unemployed

Moderates pledge billions for unemployed

Alliance builds tiny but consistent lead

Alliance builds tiny but consistent lead

Poll: Alliance retains slight lead

Poll: Alliance retains slight lead

Alliance parties gain absolute majority: poll

Alliance parties gain absolute majority: poll

Alliance leads, Social Democrats at record low

Alliance leads, Social Democrats at record low

Red-Greens: Troops out of Afghanistan 2011

Red-Greens: Troops out of Afghanistan 2011

TV4 refuses to air Sweden Democrat ads

TV4 refuses to air Sweden Democrat ads

Red-Greens split over revamped wealth tax

Red-Greens split over revamped wealth tax

Sweden Democrats ask legal official to rule on ad

Sweden Democrats ask legal official to rule on ad

Alliance on course for absolute majority: poll

Alliance on course for absolute majority: poll

Polls: Social Democrat support falls to new lows

Polls: Social Democrat support falls to new lows

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Danes call for election observers in Sweden

Red-Greens present election manifesto

Red-Greens present election manifesto

Fiery debate over Red-Green spending plan

Fiery debate over Red-Green spending plan

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Broadcaster agrees to air new far-right party ad

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Poll: Opposition closes gap on Alliance

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Africans have ‘child rape gene’: Sweden Democrat

Poll troubles continue for Social Democrats

Poll troubles continue for Social Democrats

Introducing the Red-Greens

Introducing the Red-Greens

Introducing the Alliance

Introducing the Alliance

Social Democrats back law on contributions

Social Democrats back law on contributions

Poll: Alliance extends lead

Poll: Alliance extends lead

Introducing the Moderates

Introducing the Moderates

Introducing the Social Democrats

Introducing the Social Democrats

Parties court pensioner votes in tight election

Parties court pensioner votes in tight election

Alliance dominates the polls as election nears

Alliance dominates the polls as election nears

Introducing the Liberals

Introducing the Liberals

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Swedes voting early in record numbers

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Introducing the Greens

Borg: Strong economic recovery continues

Borg: Strong economic recovery continues

Eriksson: Green-Alliance tie-up ‘not on the table’

Eriksson: Green-Alliance tie-up ‘not on the table’

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Introducing the Left

Poll lead continues for Alliance parties

Poll lead continues for Alliance parties

Introducing the Centre Party

Introducing the Centre Party

Danish nationalist rallies for Sweden Democrats

Danish nationalist rallies for Sweden Democrats

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‘Establish state brothels’: Christian Democrat

Introducing the Christian Democrats

Introducing the Christian Democrats

Swedes’ party loyalty very much in play: poll

Swedes’ party loyalty very much in play: poll

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Alliance pulls away with a week to go: poll

Left leader condemns attack on far-right

Left leader condemns attack on far-right

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Introducing the Feminist Initiative

Party leaders vow not to work with far-right

Party leaders vow not to work with far-right

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Introducing the Sweden Democrats

Alliance increases lead: poll

Alliance increases lead: poll

Left Party employs stripper at election party

Left Party employs stripper at election party

Parties struggle to entice first time voters

Parties struggle to entice first time voters

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Introducing the Pirate Party

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Four of ten prepared to vote tactically: survey

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Election Q&A: the Moderate Party

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Election Q&A: the Green Party

Steady poll lead continues for Alliance

Steady poll lead continues for Alliance

Cheryl Jones Fur – An American voice in Swedish politics

Cheryl Jones Fur – An American voice in Swedish politics

Alliance touts strong economy in election bid

Alliance touts strong economy in election bid

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Election Q&A: the Left Party

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Election Q&A: the Liberal Party

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How to vote in the Swedish elections

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll

Election outcomes – the lowdown

Election outcomes – the lowdown

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Election Q&A: the Social Democratic Party

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts

The Local’s guide to the 2010 Swedish elections

The Local’s guide to the 2010 Swedish elections

Tempers flare in final party leader debate

Tempers flare in final party leader debate

Dramatic election set to make Swedish history

Dramatic election set to make Swedish history

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Sweden Democrats fear Islamic revolution

Welfare and taxes dominate final debate

Welfare and taxes dominate final debate

Sahlin and Reinfeldt enter final sprint for lasting political glory

Sahlin and Reinfeldt enter final sprint for lasting political glory

Opposition gains ground in final round of polls

Opposition gains ground in final round of polls

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Hacker attack wreaks havoc on Sweden Democrat website

Far-right confronts main parties with 99 proposals

Far-right confronts main parties with 99 proposals

Sweden braces for rollercoaster election

Sweden braces for rollercoaster election

Reinfeldt rocked by ‘chlamydia letter’

Reinfeldt rocked by ‘chlamydia letter’

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Immigrants vote against Sweden Democrats

Alliance miss majority as far-right voted in: poll

Alliance miss majority as far-right voted in: poll

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Alliance short of majority in re-election: poll

Sweden Democrats savour parliament entry

Sweden Democrats savour parliament entry

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Alliance loses majority as far-right wins seats

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Election marks ‘end of an era’: Swedish press

Åkesson waits for party invites to cooperate

Åkesson waits for party invites to cooperate

Reinfeldt calls victory, vows to shun far-right

Reinfeldt calls victory, vows to shun far-right

Live Blog: election night in Sweden

Live Blog: election night in Sweden

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Sweden Democrats vow not to cause problems

Sahlin admits defeat in ‘very bad’ election

Sahlin admits defeat in ‘very bad’ election

Moderates and Greens call for time

Moderates and Greens call for time

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Political stalemate looms as far-right wins seats

Stockholm takes a stand for racial tolerance

Stockholm takes a stand for racial tolerance

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‘Chlamydia blog’ mum deprived of benefits

Alliance majority ‘still possible’ as results lag

Alliance majority ‘still possible’ as results lag

Economy trumps welfare worries in tight Swedish election

Economy trumps welfare worries in tight Swedish election

Greens still in hot seat ahead of final tally

Greens still in hot seat ahead of final tally

Live Blog: post-election developments

Live Blog: post-election developments

Election results could turn on 298 votes

Election results could turn on 298 votes

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Sweden Democrats tip scales in 30 councils

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Sweden Democrat calls for opponents to be ‘shot’

Social Democrats face identity crisis in wake of election disaster

Social Democrats face identity crisis in wake of election disaster

Riksdag revamp could limit far-right: reports

Riksdag revamp could limit far-right: reports

Alliance takes one step towards majority

Alliance takes one step towards majority

Reinfeldt misses out on overall majority

Reinfeldt misses out on overall majority

Sweden wakes up to a new reality

Sweden wakes up to a new reality

Ballot irregularities keep Sweden on edge

Ballot irregularities keep Sweden on edge

Swedes vote for Harry Potter, James Bond and Your Mum

Swedes vote for Harry Potter, James Bond and Your Mum

‘Don’t let the far-right dominate the debate’

‘Don’t let the far-right dominate the debate’

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Sweden Democrat leaves party after winning seat

Appeal filed as final voting tally announced

Appeal filed as final voting tally announced

Liberals want to appeal election results

Liberals want to appeal election results

Green Party: No agreement with Reinfeldt

Green Party: No agreement with Reinfeldt

‘Your apathy elected the Sweden Democrats’

‘Your apathy elected the Sweden Democrats’

Reinfeldt phones Sahlin to talk cooperation

Reinfeldt phones Sahlin to talk cooperation

Alliance candidate wins Riksdag speaker vote

Alliance candidate wins Riksdag speaker vote

Live Blog: parliament opens

Live Blog: parliament opens

Sweden Democrats stage church sermon walkout

Sweden Democrats stage church sermon walkout

Reinfeldt unveils reshuffled cabinet

Reinfeldt unveils reshuffled cabinet

Bishop’s sermon at the opening of the Riksdag

Bishop’s sermon at the opening of the Riksdag

Record number appeal Swedish election result

Record number appeal Swedish election result

Christian Democrats mull name change

Christian Democrats mull name change

Social Democrats blame taxes for election loss

Social Democrats blame taxes for election loss

Sweden Democrats suffer municipal exodus

Sweden Democrats suffer municipal exodus

New elections to be held in parts of Sweden

New elections to be held in parts of Sweden

Åkesson slams multi-faith Riksdag service

Åkesson slams multi-faith Riksdag service

Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden

Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement

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Sweden Democrats publish report on rape

Sahlin urges tougher EU fiscal sanctions

Sahlin urges tougher EU fiscal sanctions