Sweden Names a New PM
October 5, 2006 4:09 AM   Subscribe

At 1400 CET today, (in Swedish) the Swedish Riksdag is expected to elect Fredrik Reinfeldt (again, in Swedish) as Swedish Prime Minister, replacing Göran Persson, the Social Democrat who has been in power for 12 years. Reinfeldt is head of the Alliance of four "borgerliga" (literally, non-socialist) parties who won a majority of seats in the riksdag on the September 17th election. The alliance promises "a better government than the ruling left-wing cartel."
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posted by i_cola at 4:24 AM on October 5, 2006


I'm just sad the pirates^ didn't get any seats. Arrr!
posted by jeffburdges at 4:30 AM on October 5, 2006


Some post-election news pieces about Reinfeldt from 'The Local' (Sweden's news in English: Alliance wins - Persson concedes; Reinfeldt: Sweden's cool-headed winner; International reaction: Persson's lesson for Britain; Reinfeldt to speaker: I have a majority; Reinfeldt asked to form a government; Brisk reforms expected from Reinfeldt.
posted by misteraitch at 4:43 AM on October 5, 2006


Thank God! Sweden's been a total shithole for long enough!

Disclaimer: Everything I know about Sweden I learned from a Finn who drinks too much.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:10 AM on October 5, 2006


Mayor Curley, we don't come in any other shape...
posted by slimepuppy at 6:17 AM on October 5, 2006


But only too much is enough for us...
posted by keijo at 6:41 AM on October 5, 2006


Wow, one of the links above is to the Freedom News Network, which appears to be a real rabid weirdo site.

Crowds are now gathering in the streets of Stockholm to greet the Liberators.

Sure. Nothing's as refreshing for those that wish to grind the faces of the poor as being liberated from social responsibility, childcare, pensions, unemployment benefits, awkward environmental rules etc. Go Sweden! Get "Moderating" those achievements the rest of the world envies so much.
posted by imperium at 7:07 AM on October 5, 2006


Get "Moderating" those achievements the rest of the world envies so much

Hopefully the populace will watch carefully and not fall back into complacency. A little shake-up may be beneficial - 12 years in power is a long time for a government to resist the apple.
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:13 AM on October 5, 2006


we have four cold cold years ahead of us. I hope they won't manage to fuck up everything.

btw, Freedom News Network is satire.
posted by mr.marx at 10:55 AM on October 5, 2006


I love Sweden, and I'm eyeing a post-grad fellowship in Stockholm three years down the line. I guess one of the things i love about the place is social welfare system, but the Swedes need to decide these things for themselves, not for lefty Americans to have something to bring up during arguments with Republicans.
posted by 1adam12 at 6:37 PM on October 5, 2006


This Sweden, is that in Utah somewhere? Surely someone didn't post news from outside the United States?
posted by obfusciatrist at 8:15 PM on October 5, 2006


I'm currently in Sweden. People here are BUMMED THE FUCK OUT about this. The conservatives ("moderates") here have only been in power 4 years out of the last 20-odd years, and only for maybe 12 of the last 80... (timeline here. WP here)

People are really worried that the conservatives will privitize a bunch of things (hospitals, e.g.) as they did the last time they were in power; selling off state assets at a hugely discounted price. It's quite interesting to hear people talk about how the governmental changes will directly affect their lives, which in my experience almost never happens in the US.
posted by beerbajay at 2:11 AM on October 6, 2006


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