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  • How Sweden Overhauled Its Gambling Regulation

    How Sweden Overhauled Its Gambling Regulation

    Sweden is home to some of the biggest European gambling groups – it has the Kindred Group, the company behind the well-known Unibet brand, and Betsson, a business covering several Nordic countries. Despite such major brands calling it home, Sweden’s local gambling market was a state monopoly – officially, at least. International operators did target…

  • It’s not over yet. (Swedish politics 2018-19)

    It’s not over yet. (Swedish politics 2018-19)

    So, what happened to the deliberations about a new Swedish government? Before Xmas, the parliament voted “no” to both contenders, Stefan Löfven from the Social Democrats with 144 supporting votes, versus Ulf Kristersson from the right wing/Alliance/Moderates with 143 supporting votes. Nothing much happened, actually, until the last few days. The Speaker announced, before Xmas,…

  • Mission Impossible (Swedish Politics 2018)

    Mission Impossible (Swedish Politics 2018)

    December 10, 2018:   The formation of a new government in Sweden takes longer this time than ever before. The Speaker of the parliament was expected to propose a vote lst week, to elect (or reject) Stefan Löfven, chairman of the Social Democrats, as prime minister, but the vote has been postponed. Löfven is currently…

  • Stirring in the Cauldron (Swedish Politics 2018)

    Stirring in the Cauldron (Swedish Politics 2018)

    The formation of a new government in Sweden is becoming a confusing serial. Today is 77 days after the election, but the newly elected parliament hasn’t been able to agree on who should become Prime Minister and form a new government. Here’s a summary of what’s happened so far: When the new parliament was assembled…

  • Nay. Nej. Nope. No.

    Nay. Nej. Nope. No.

    On Monday, November 12, after nine weeks of deliberations, the Speaker of the Swedish parliament proposed that Ulf Kristersson, chairman of the Moderate Party (conservative), and leader of the Alliance, should be elected to Prime Minister. As stipulated in the Constitution, the proposal was immediately tabled, i.e. postponed, and further postponed on the next day.…

  • St. Lucia Didn’t Have a Cat, but Xmas Is Coming

    St. Lucia Didn’t Have a Cat, but Xmas Is Coming

    Or maybe she had – there’s no record of it, so we don’t really know. Lucia was killed in Syracuse in the year of 304, that is 1714 years ago. In Catholic countries, she has been revered as a saint on December 13, since the fifth century. In Sweden – which is not Catholic –…