Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)

A person receives a test for diabetes during a free medical clinic in California. Ireland has the worst standard of diabetes care in western Europe, according to a new international comparison. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Ireland has the worst standard of diabetes care in western Europe, according to a new international comparison.The Euro Diabetes Index 2014 ranks Irel(...)

Sweden turns left
  • Europe
  • September 17, 2014, 01:01

After eight years of conservative government under prime minister Fredrik Reinfeld, Swedish voters decided this week that their dalliance with the cen(...)

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven: sounded out potential coalition partners yesterday. Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/EPA

Sweden’s Social Democratic leader, Stefan Löfven, has vowed to lead a new coalition and isolate the far-right Sweden Democrats after Sunday’s indecisi(...)

Concepts for utilising wave power: floating bodies, buoys, oscillating shutters or tidal power plants Concepts for utilising wave power: floating bodies, buoys, oscillating shutters or tidal power plants. From top left: Dr Patrick Walsh from the department of mechanical and automobile engineering in Limerick; former minister for energy and natural resources Pat Rabbitte; and Conor Haughey, chairman of the Irish Wave Energy Developer’s Association

We used to be considered the edge of the world. A scary place. Now our position on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean is a status symbol. At every s(...)

Climate conditions in Sweden “are appropriate for the products we sell: waterproof and breathable boots”.

Look closer at the well-heeled Stockholm crowd and you might notice something familiar: the Galway Boot from Irish company Dubarry. The Ballina(...)

Voting  in Stockholm  during yesterday’s   general election. Photograph: Jonas Ekstromer/ AP/TT

When Tobias Hübinette started an early incarnation of Expo magazine in 1995, neither he nor his early backer, Swedish journalist and activist Stieg La(...)

Fast forward: Bord Gáis Networks is undertaking a project to transform Ireland’s road haulage and service fleet sector.

A quiet – almost silent – revolution has been taking place on Irish roads in recent years. While major signature transport engineering projects such a(...)

A man chooses among ballot papers at a polling station during the Swedish general election in Goteborg today. Photograph: Adam Ihse/Reuters/TT News Agency

Polls showed Sweden’s centre-left opposition heading for a narrow election victory today, on a platform of increased spending on job schemes, healthc(...)