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Swedish Parliament to review quota system

Published fredag 11 februari 2011 kl 11.31
Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix.

Swedish parliamentarians are calling for a review of the quota system used to take account of missing colleagues.

This came after the opposition lost Thursday's vote on restrictions for foreigners hunting small game in northern Sweden.

The present system calls for an agreement between the minority center-right government coalition parties and the opposition parties to balance the number of missing colleagues who are travelling or are ill and unable to vote.

Because of a mistake, the government parties were given an extra vote and were able to defeat an opposition wanting to give Swedes more hunting rights than foreigners.

The government argues that other European Union members would regard this as discrimination, while critics point out that Denmark and some other EU nations have restrictions on foreign hunters.

Some Swedish hunters say so many people are hunting wild birds in the northern mountains that the fun of being in the outdoors has been spoiled.

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