Liberal Party to vote on new name

The governing board of Sweden's Liberal Party has proposed a name change - going from the Swedish "Folkpartiet" to "Liberalerna".

The proposal will be presented this weekend for members to vote on at the party's national congress.

According to an op-ed in Tuesday's Dagens Nyheter by party leader Jan Björklund, the proposed name change highlights the party's "political renewal and further emphasize the party's liberal identity and values".

"We should be named what we are - liberals," writes Björklund.

The name change in Swedish does not affect the English translation of the Liberal Party, since the new name "Liberalerna" literally means "the liberals".