Stefan Lofven

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 Finnish Social Democrat Party leader Antti Rinne prepares to vote at a polling station in Mantsala, Finland. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Finland’s leftist Social Democrat party leader Antti Rinne has declared victory in Sunday’s general election, after partial results showed his party (...)

Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven (right) after being voted back in as prime minister in Stockholm on Friday. Photograph: Jessica Gow / TT via AP

Sweden’s parliament has voted to give the Social Democrat leader, Stefan Lofven, a second term in office at the head of a new centre-left minority gov(...)

A view of the train accident site on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. Photograph: Tim K. Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters

Six people were killed when a passenger train hit a freight trailer that had blown off a wagon coming the other way on a bridge linking Denmark’s two(...)

 Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven arrives at the EU summit in  Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Sweden’s parliament has rejected Stefan Lofven’s attempt to remain as prime minister, pushing the Scandinavian country a step closer to fresh election(...)

The leader of Sweden’s conservative Moderates party, Ulf Kristersson. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Nine weeks after Sweden’s inconclusive general election, MPs in Stockholm have rejected a centre-right hopeful as prime minister. Ulf Kristersson of (...)

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(...)

Electoral officials prepare to count ballots at a polling station in Malmo, Sweden, on Sunday. Photograph: Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency/via Reuters

For all the horror and the headlines, between 81 per cent and 84 per cent of Swedish voters failed to cast their ballots for the Sweden Democrats on S(...)

Supporters of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement  demonstrate in Kungsholmstorg square in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Fredrik Persson Sweden Out/EPA

On a sunny September afternoon in Stockholm, people stroll along the Strandvägen waterfront on a Lou Reed-certified perfect day. Were it not for the (...)

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