And recent polls are indicating that a majority of Swedes want the peacekeeping troops to come home.
Sweden's center-right coalition government has stuck to its goal that security responsibilities will be handed over to Afghanistan by 2014. And Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told Radio Sweden Thursday that at least Sahlin's line on Afghanistan isn't that far from the government's.
"She said that a prolongation for the next year would be reasonable, and at the same time looking at the transition of security responsibility," he said Thursday. "That's roughly the government line, if that is the case."
Bildt said that the handover of security responsibility to Afghanis could begin as early as next year and would be considered on a province by province basis. That did not mean, he said, that Sweden's presence in the region would decrease.
Asked if there was a chance that Swedish troop levels could increase Bildt said, "You never know but I don't see that. It doesn't seem to be in the cards at the moment."