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Alliance wins election

September 23, 2006

regeringen.gifThe Alliance won the Swedish election with about 48% against 46% for the Social Democrats and its allies. The new Prime Minister will be Fredrik Reinfeldt of the Moderate Party, since his party got the most votes of the Alliance parties. He will have to present the new government by October 6th and the budget 10 days later. There is a lot of speculations about who will get the most important posts, like Minister of Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister.

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Alliance still bigger than the Social Democrats

September 9, 2006

reinfeldt.jpgThe latest opinion poll, released on September 8th, still shows a small lead for the Alliance. The latest numbers show 48.7% for the alliance and 47.4% for the Social Democrats and their allies Green party and Left party.

Reinfeldt – the new prime minister?

Latest opinion poll on the election

September 5, 2006

In the latest opinion poll, conducted between August 28 and September 3, the lead for the Alliance has decreased. They now have 48.9% against 46.9% for the Social Democratic block.

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Moderaterna leader Reinfeldt against current Prime Minister Persson of the Social Democrats on September 17th.

Alliance biggest in the latest opinion poll

August 18, 2006

The Alliance for Sweden, consisting of Moderaterna (conservatives), Folkpartiet (liberals), Kristdemokraterna (christian democrats) and Centerpartiet (center party) gets 50.1 percent against 45.2 percent for the Socialdemokraterna (social democrats) and their allies Vänsterpartiet (left party) and Miljöpartiet (green party). Several analysts now actually believe that their might be a regime shift. The Social Democrats presented their program today, promising more money to unemployed, lower taxes and free dental care up to the age of 24. Voters did not seem impressed, and neither did Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Moderaterna leader saying it now would be even more beneficial not to work, and where they would get the money from?

goran_persson.jpgGöran Persson – not so happy anymore?

Sweden’s Economy Red Hot! GDP up by 5.5% year-on-year

August 8, 2006

Sweden’s economy saw its highest growth in six years during the second quarter, with the gross domestic product up 5.5 percent compared to the same time last year, the national statistics agency said Monday.Statistics Sweden said the expansion was driven mainly by strong household consumption, while exports and imports also increased by more than 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Seasonally adjusted, the economy grew by 1.4 percent compared to the first quarter, the agency said.

The increase is among the highest in western Europe, and the hot economy could be a boost for the governing Social Democrats ahead of next month’s national elections.

“This confirms that the Swedish economy is very strong, and it is especially pleasing that it is the whole economy that is growing,” Finance Minister Par Nuder told Swedish news agency TT.

The government has previously estimated that the country’s economy will grow 3.6 percent for the full year.

Stockholm Pride bigger than ever

August 6, 2006

Finishing today, the Stockholm Pride festival was the biggest gay parade in Swedish history. More than 30,000 people participated in the parade and up to 350,000 watched as it passed through Stockholm. Many police officers, there to promote calm, actually joined the parade. One gay police officer, Goran, said that he has had no problems admitting he is gay in Sweden. He was joined by colleagues from England, France and Holland. This years parade was also a success because there were no violence or attack from right-wing extremists.

Congestion charge over (for now)

July 31, 2006

The congestion charge in Stockholm is over, awaiting the election on September 17th. The most recent polls show that 44% of Stockholmers are against and 43% for the charge.

What will happen to all the equipment, costing millions of kronor, if Stockholm votes no, has yet not been decided. We will await the election result before we decide anything, says Birger Hook at Vagverket, who manages the project.

One of the main reasons of people opposing the congestion charge is due to the fact that the pay stations are set up before you enter the city limit and that Stockholm lacks a ring road, so drivers have no choice but to drive through the city when they are going from one end to the other.