Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven is to step down after he lost a mandatory confidence vote in parliament. Photograph:  Jonas Ekstromer/EPA

Sweden moved a step closer to a new centre-right government after acting Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Lövfen was defeated in a confidence vot(...)

Leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats Jimmy Akesson speaks to members and supporters at the party following the party’s gains. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Swedish Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Löfven has urged all “decent” parties to unite after a record result in Sunday’s general election for th(...)

Leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats Jimmy Akesson speaks to members and supporters at the party following the party’s gains. Photograph: Getty Images

Sweden is facing a new political era after general election results suggested almost one in five voters backed the far-right. With support evenly div(...)

A cyclist passes near election campaign posters for the Liberal Party in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Business is booming at Nikos’s Taverna, an escapist getaway for weary Swedes in central Stockholm. A three-course Greek dinner and three hours of Abb(...)

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(...)

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (centre) rides the Stockholm subway during general-election campaigning this week. Photograph: EPA/Jesica Gow

Swedes do democracy the civilised way: over fika, their afternoon treat of coffee, cake and a chat. In Stockholm’s Kulturhuset arts centre, members(...)