Swedish Opposition Would Sell Key State Stakes

The right-of-centre opposition says that if it wins September’s election it would sell state stakes in telecommunications group TeliaSonera and Nordea, but keep power group Vattenfall.

The bloc, tipped in polls to unseat the long-ruling Social Democrats at the general election on September 17, said in a policy document it would also offer for sale the unlisted group which owns the Absolut brand of vodka.

The opposition, in its shadow 2006 budget, had said it would sell state shareholdings worth some 6 billion dollars a year.

The listed firms it mentioned on Monday also included bourse group OMX, airline SAS and mortgage provider SBAB.