The crisis in Greece has caused Swedish exports headed there to be reduced by half since 2008.
- Not one of main export countries.
- Solution: "networking and being social".
A report this week from the National Audit Office highlighted the difficulties newly landed immigrants have finding work. Interviews with those on the ground says landing a job takes a wide social network, staying positive and a little bit of luck.
- Harder to find buyer for coal plant.
The Swedish government’s hopes to sell off the German coal plants of the state-owned power company Vattenfall may have suffered a set-back.
- Crisis in Greece a motivating factor.
In a surprise move Thursday morning, Sweden's Central Bank has decided to lower the nation's repo rate by 0.1 percent, down to minus 0.35 percent.
- Problems finding jobs and housing.
The Swedish National Audit Office released a report Thursday criticising the government's efforts to help newly-landed immigrants to establish themselves in Sweden.
- Doctors driving taxis, the failure of integration
As Almedalen week continues, a new report released there reveals that most foreign-born residents of Sweden are over-qualified for their jobs.
- Stronger regulation needed.
Many immigrants who travel to Sweden for work are exploited by their employers, with lower wages, poor working conditions and long work days. Justice and Immigration Minister Morgan Johansson says this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
- Immigrants should be seen as an investment that pays off.
Since 1950, Sweden has taken in an average of SEK 65 billion per year from taxes paid by immigrants, according to a report published Wednesday by independent think tank Arena Idé.
- Disagreement as to whether positive or negative.
Different opinions say that longer opening hours for supermarkets in Sweden have good or bad effects. Handels union is critical of the trend.
How does the Greek economic crisis affect Sweden?
The crisis has reached a new level as the European Central Bank is refusing to extend its support program. Banks in the troubled country are closed, there's a deadline to pay back loans on Tuesday, and on Sunday the Greeks will be voting in a referendum on whether to accept the latest terms from the International Monetary Fund.
- "We believe in incentives".
The Centre Party wants to exempt employers from the employment fee during the first two years when a sole proprietor is hiring his/her first employees. This proposal was presented by the Centre Party in Almedalen today, reports Swedish Radio News.
- Down after opening minutes.
With a debt-payment default likely and on news that Greece will hold its banks closed until a snap-referendum next Sunday, the Swedish stock market fell more than 3 points in its opening minutes Monday. It later recovered a bit to end the day at negative 2.8 percent.
- Effort to curb wastage.
In an effort to reduce food wastage, a Swedish supermarket chain will begin to sell "ugly" fruits and vegetables at a discount.
- Up 60 percent in 5 years.
Swedes continue to take more sick leave, and now the government wants workplaces to take more responsibility in reversing the trend.