STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's centre-right Liberal party voted on Sunday to back a deal that could give Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven a second term in office after months of deadlock since the tied election. The Centre Party and the Greens have also agreed to back Lofven's future budget bills in a four-party deal that would force the centre-left leader to reverse course and deliver tax cuts and labour market reform if he becomes prime minister. The Liberals' executive committee voted 62-30 in favour of the deal, Swedish newswire TT reported. The parties will still be short of a majority in the 349-seat parliament and will need support from the Left Party, which backed Lofven's Social Democrat and Green coalition from 2014-18, to pass bills. September's election delivered a hung parliament and the two major blocs have been at loggerheads over how to form a government without the support of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the white-supremacist fringe … [Read more...] about Swedish Liberal party to back Social Democrat Lofven as PM
On Friday, Centre Party leader Annie Lööf confirmed that her party – together with the Green Party and Liberals – had struck a deal with the Social Democrats which would allow Löfven to stay on as prime minister. As the Swedish media awaited formal confirmation of the deal, attention turned to analyzing the plan’s winners and losers. Svenska Dagbladet said the proposed deal would mark the end of the center-right Alliance, which consists of the Moderate Party, Liberal Party, Centre Party and the Christian Democrats. In an editorial entitled ‘The Alliance for Sweden (2004-2019)’, the centre-right outlet declared the tentative deal a clear victory for Löfven’s centre-left Social Democrats (S). “Although the S crowd cried crocodile tears when the settlement became known, very few of them are advocating for S to instead go into opposition. Power is still power,” its editors … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Löfven’s return as Swedish PM carries ‘high price’ for all
Centre Party leader Annie Lööf told reporters at a press conference attended by The Local that she would instruct her party to abstain in a vote on Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven as Sweden's prime minister. Lööf's announcement comes after Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet was first to cite sources that the Social Democrats and Green Party had reached a deal with the Centre Party and Liberals. A document released on Friday said: "Our parties have different ideological starting points but are united in the principles of democracy." The deal will need to be confirmed by each party's parliamentary group in meetings, before an already scheduled prime ministerial vote on Wednesday. The Social Democrats and Centre Party were holding party meetings on Friday and Saturday, while the Liberals' meeting is planned for Sunday. TIMELINE: Everything that's happened in Swedish politics since the elections Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/TT The … [Read more...] about Swedish parties strike deal to end political deadlock
Chief among these is ålahue. A compound noun composed of the word ål, meaning 'eel', and hue, the Scanian (skånska) dialect form of the Swedish huvud or 'head', ålahue means, literally, 'eel head'. It requires the correct pronunciation to achieve full effect, beginning with a vowel like the beginning of "elephant" in English and dipping almost immediately into the start of "oops" before hitting the "l" sound. See it performed by a true Scanian (who did not wish to be named) below: Mathias Strandberg, an expert in Scanian dialect at Sweden's Institute for Language and Folklore, told The Local the word probably had its roots in the local eel fisheries. "I suppose it must have to do with eel fishing being an important enterprise in Scania, at least in some parts of it," he said. "The eel is widely recognized as a typically Scanian product." Strandberg believes the word is new in … [Read more...] about Swedish word of the day: ålahue
In total, Sweden welcomed 61,312 new citizens last year. Gaining citizenship in Sweden requires applicants to be legally resident in the country for between three and five years, depending on where they come from and whether or not they are living with a Swedish spouse or partner. The number of approved citizenship applications in 2018 was slightly down on 2017 (65,562) but still higher than the previous six years, during which the number of new citizens rose from 28,100 in 2010 to 56,026 in 2016. The gender split among 2018's new citizens was close to 50:50, with 29,696 women becoming Swedish and 31,616 men. And many of the new citizens were children: 26,139 in total. The month when most people received Swedish citizenship was February, with the fewest new citizens in December. As for where they came from, the new Swedes had 170 different nationalities, but included more Syrians than nationals of any other country. Throughout 2018, 11,362 Syrians became Swedish, along with 7,070 … [Read more...] about How many people became Swedish citizens last year?