The ruling Social Democrat party is continuing to slide in opinion polls, prompting several former ministers to criticise the party's election strategy to woo back supporters who left to join the Sweden Democrats.
- Vote in September.
- After the election.
The ruling Social Democrats want to impose stricter demands on asylum seekers, new arrivals and immigrants who get benefits.
Political scientist Nicholas Aylott says the centre-left promise to limit work permits shows how the two partners in government are already fighting the election as separate parties.
- Business group critical.
Employees could take up to a year off to develop new skills, a government-led investigation has recommended.
- Cases of organised crime.
The government wants to make it a serious criminal offence to sell wrongly labelled food.
As the other big parties have started talking tough on immigration, the populist Sweden Democrats are making a change, and taking up health care as their main cause for the 2018 election.
- International gangs.
Both the main political parties have been making international crime, especially break-ins, part of their campaigns for the upcoming election.
- Focus on law and order.
The centre-left Social Democrats have decided to fight the election on issues including law and order but some say this takes the party away from its focus on social justice and onto political grounds usually dominated by the conservative and nationalist parties.
- Vote in September.
The ruling Social Democrat Party said its main election issues are cracking down on crime and improving the nation's welfare system.
- Unlikely to pass parliament.
Profits made by private companies running free schools and elderly care homes would be capped to a maximum ceiling of seven percent of operative capital in a proposal by the government and Left Party.
- Cross-party report.
Although the government and opposition parties have both agreed to increase military spending, a war of words broke out over exactly how much of a threat the country faces.
- Proposed teaching for immigrants.
New immigrants should get more information about "norms and values" that underpin Swedish society, according to the Minister for Integration, one example she mentions are the rights of children here.
- "Paradise papers."
After a global investigation revealed systems used by wealthy people to avoid paying tax, Sweden's finance minister says it is unnacceptable.
Stockholm University economics professor Harry Flam says the government is spending an unusually high amount of money, but the economy is doing very well currently, so it is possible to spend and save at the same time.
- Just over 18 per cent.
The turn-out for this weekend's Church of Sweden election is the highest since the 1950s.