Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven announcing his intention to resign in November ahead of a general election in 2022.  Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/AFP/ via Getty Images

Sweden’s prime minister has unexpectedly announced that he will step down in three months, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil ahead of (...)

 Visitors look at the animals in their enclosures at the Blaavand Zoo, in southwest Jutland, Denmark. Zoos reopened in the country late last week. Photograph: John Randeris/EPA

Denmark was one of the first European countries to close down its public spaces to stem the spread of coronavirus, shutting its borders, schools and r(...)

A woman sunbathes alone with a book,  following non-mandatory social distancing guidelines in Stockholm. Photographs: Andres Kudacki/New York Times

She stands leaning on her cane, briefly resting among dozens of bubbly young Swedes out enjoying one of the first sunny spring days of the year. “I’m(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald travels to Brussels today for a special meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald travels to Brussels today for a special meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in what is expected t(...)

Sweden’s finance minister, Magdalena Andersson: said the government would target spending on roads and railways, including high-speed networks to connect the biggest cities. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sweden’s government will work to reverse a 30-year stagnation in public and private investments to meet its main pledge of lowering unemployment. Fin(...)

New apartments in Liljeholmskajen, Stockholm, Sweden. Apartment prices jumped 8 per cent last year and have soared 38 per cent since late 2007 to a record, according to Svensk Maeklarstatistik, which compiles monthly data on Swedish home prices. photograph: photographer: casper hedberg/bloomberg

Johan and Alejandra are the kind of Swedes the International Monetary Fund has been warning about – piling up debt to keep up with an ever-rising prop(...)