Trips to Disneyland on Taxpayers' Krona
With a 7,000 dollar budget per term and few limitations, some Swedish parliamentarians have really taken advantage of government-paid study trips, including travel to Disneyland "to study tourism" and time on the Faeroe Islands "to see how it is to live on an island in the middle of the Atlantic."
Evening paper Expressen reports that all parliamentarians have a right to such travel, as long as it involves at least six hours of instruction per day. They are not required to report on what they've learned upon their return.
Seventeen of the parliament's 349 members have used nearly all of the 7,000 dollar stipend, although nearly a third of the house hasn’t touched the fund at all.
TT reports that there are no plans to change the rules, as no misuse of the stipend has been discovered.