Councils pay the price for long Winter

The long snowy winter in Sweden came at a high cost to most municipal councils in the country with many now forced into making cutbacks this summer.

In Stockholm, where snow first fell in November and lasted until early April, the cost of gritting and clearing roads reached 90 million SEK (14 million US dollars) over budget.

The situation is the same for most councils in southern Sweden, reports TT. Halmstad's costs for snow clearing were 20.5 million SEK (3.4 million US dollars,) four times over budget.