Latest Sweden government News

Swedish govt chooses new foreign minister after summer break

Sep. 10, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has chosen the country's foreign trade minister to become Sweden's new foreign minister as he shuffled his two-party, center-left minority government. Lofven says Ann Linde replaces Margot Wallstrom, who announced Friday that she wanted to...

Sweden rejects TRUMP vanity license plate request

Sep. 9, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish authorities say that a man has been denied a vanity plate with the letters TRUMP because it violated motor vehicle department rules, calling the letter combination "offensive." The Aftonbladet tabloid, one of Sweden's largest newspapers, reported Saturday that the man...

Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, to give up post

Sep. 6, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister announced Friday she is stepping down, saying she would leave after almost five years in the post to spend more time with her family. Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said she had given notice to Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. It's not clear when her...

US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

Sep. 2, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology as concerns grow about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the deal in Warsaw, where Pence is filling in for President...

Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks

Aug. 30, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister said Friday she was heading to the Middle East in an attempt to relaunch talks between Yemen's internationally recognized government and the country's Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Margot Wallstrom told Swedish Radio that she wants to "speak with as many people as...

Swedish police find gun used in fatal shooting of woman

Aug. 27, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The gun believed to have been used to kill a woman in a suspected gang-related slaying between feuding criminal groups has been found, Swedish police said Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the episode "an unbelievably cruel act." The 31-year-old woman, who...

Iceland's leader won't be around to welcome Pence

Aug. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's leader has announced that she will skip U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to her Nordic nation, opting instead to keep "prior commitments" by attending a trade union conference and meetings in Sweden. Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said that she's planned for...

German FM 'grateful' for Swedish teen's climate activism

Aug. 20, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's "grateful" for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's climate protests. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing "the biggest crisis of...

Rapper A$AP Rocky heading back to US as verdict looms

Aug. 2, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other American suspects were temporarily freed from a Swedish jail and planning to head back to the U.S. on Friday as judges mull a verdict in the assault case against them. The Stockholm District Court released the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim...

US presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky's trial

Jul. 30, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial in Sweden opened Tuesday, a month after a street fight that landed him in jail and became a topic of U.S.-Swedish diplomacy. Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused with two others of beating a 19-year-old man...