What is called Sweden's best songbird, the koltrast or blackbird, was officially voted in as Sweden's national bird. The blackbird took the office in a nation-wide vote. Nearly 55,000 people voted in the last round which ended on Monday. 13,000 voted for the blackbird.
- Second municipal election.
The people living in the municipality of Båstad in southwestern Sweden head back to the voting booths on Sunday to once again cast their votes in the municipal election that took place last fall, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Down from election result.
The April poll-of-polls suggests the governing Social Democrats are at their lowest level since 2012.
- Opposition abstained.
Only 45 Swedish lawmakers voted to bring down the Social-Democratic led government, in a vote called by the pariah Sweden Democrat Party.
- Members accuse party leaders of “abdication”.
Some supporters of the centre-right Alliance parties are deeply disappointed with the December Agreement that led to the cancellation of Sweden’s snap election, calling the deal "devastating", "high treason" and a "rush job".
- No income tax rise for a year.
On Saturday the red-green government and the centre-right Alliance reached a deal that will allow a minority government to get its budget through.
- See it as strengthening Left Party.
Former conservative Moderate Party ministers have attacked the December deal that allows the Social Democrats to remain in government.
- Unlikely to pass.
The Sweden Democrats have responded to being left out of a cross-bloc deal by calling for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
- Agreement between centre-right and centre-left.
The government and opposition Alliance parties have made a “December deal” which will allow the weak red-green partnership to rule Sweden.
- Sweden Democrats also up.
The poll-of-polls for December suggests the prime minister’s actions have won him slightly more support, after his budget suffered a humiliating defeat in parliament
- No confirmation of talks.
Despite leaks to the media that the government and opposition are in talks to avert a snap election, the government is still getting ready for an expected announcement on December 30 that it is officially calling an election. The actual balloting would then be on March 22.
- Over 48,000 turning 18 before March 22.
There's a chance the new elections expected for March 22 may not be called after all. But should Swedes return to the poll, there are more than 48,000 people who turned 18 after September's national election and would be able to vote for the first time in March. That is a lot of new potential voters. The question is: what do they think about the political situation in Sweden now, and are they going to vote in March?
- State subsidies only partial.
New elections will be costly - not just for the state and the election authority, but also for Sweden's municipalities, which need to organize polling places, early voting and the personnel to work at the polls.
- Government crisis.
The government and the opposition Alliance are said to have been in secret negotiations over the last couple of days trying to figure out whether there is a way to avoid calling new elections, according to Swedish Television News.