Anniversary of Baltic Sea ferry wreck that killed 852 marked
HELSINKI (AP) — The sinking of a Baltic Sea ferry that killed 852 people has been observed 25 years after one of Europe's deadliest maritime disasters.
Swedish govt chooses new foreign minister after summer break
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...
Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, to give up post
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...
Swedish police find gun used in fatal shooting of woman
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...
Rapper A$AP Rocky charged with assault over fight in Sweden
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor on Thursday charged rapper A$AP Rocky with assault over a fight in Stockholm last month, in a case that has drawn the attention of fellow recording artists as...
Correction: Sweden-Rapper story
BERLIN (AP) — In a story July 20 about President Donald Trump advocating with Sweden on behalf of A$AP Rocky, The Associated Press erroneously reported the rapper's real last name. It is Mayers,...
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish officials said a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden soon after takeoff on Sunday and all nine people on board were killed.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is sending its heir to the throne and head of government to Switzerland to support its bid in the 2026 Winter Olympics host vote on Monday.
Olympics in Sweden music to ears of Spotify founder
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Winter Olympics in Sweden is music to the ears of the head of Spotify.
Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the popular digital music service, is among a slew of...
Lofven presents his new minority government in Sweden
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Monday presented his two-party, center-left minority government that has ended a four-month political deadlock.
Lofven, approved by parliament last week, lined up a 21-member government, made up of 17 members of Lofven's own Social Democratic Party and four from the Greens, and makes minor changes to his outgoing government.
Incumbent Lofven chosen to lead new govt in Sweden
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday approved a center-left minority government led by the current caretaker prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ending a four-month political deadlock.
Swedish politicians have been trying for months to form a government without the Sweden Democrats party, which has neo-Nazi roots. Parties have refused to cooperate with Sweden's third-largest party, which made great strides in the Sept. 9 national election.
Sweden nears end of political deadlock; Lofven may stay PM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden moved a step closer to forming a center-left governing coalition after a small left-wing party on Wednesday cleared the path for him to serve a second term.
The move could end a four-month deadlock to form a coalition in Sweden.
Swedish parliament rejects proposed government _ again
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday rejected proposals for caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven form a center-left government, more than three months after elections that left the country in political limbo.
The Riksdagen voted 200-116 to reject a minority coalition of Lofven's Social Democrats — Sweden's largest party — and the left-leaning Greens.
Friday's vote was the second of a possible four before Speaker Andreas Norlen must call new elections.
Sweden’s sidelined PM gets chance to form new government
HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden's prime minister has been tasked with forming a new government after his center-right rival was unable to reach a Cabinet deal.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been leading a caretaker government since he did not survive a no-confidence vote by lawmakers following last month's election.
Parliament speaker Andreas Norlen gave Lofven on Monday two weeks to form a coalition.
Sweden’s center-left PM loses confidence vote
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's prime minister lost a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday after an election this month stripped him of his majority.
Stefan Lofven, the leader of the Social Democratic Party who has been prime minister for four years, will continue in a caretaker role until a new Swedish government can be formed that has the command of the Riksdagen, the national parliament.
Sweden gives final election tally amid political uncertainty
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish officials have officially confirmed the ruling Social Democratic Party won the most votes in the Sept. 9 general election despite a record low result and the far-right Sweden Democrats getting a big boost amid growing anti-immigration sentiment.
Election officials presented the final tally Sunday that showed Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats getting 28.3 percent, the center-right Moderate Party 19.8 percent and the Sweden Democrats 17.5 percent.
The Latest: Swedish PM summons ‘good forces’ after setback
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on Sweden's general election (all times local):
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he intends to remain in the job after his center-left party recorded its worst election performance.
Lofven, who brought the Social Democrats to power in 2014, said "the results are still unclear" from the election held Sunday, but acknowledged that forming the next government could take a while.
HELSINKI (AP) — A law that allows sex without explicit consent to be prosecuted as rape has gone into effect in Sweden, putting the country on par with several others in Europe.
The consent provision that took effect on Sunday was part of broader sexual crimes legislation Swedish approved lawmakers in May.
Previously, a person could be prosecuted for rape in Sweden only if there was evidence of threats or violence.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden has adopted a law requiring people to get explicit consent before sexual contact. Otherwise it will be considered as rape.
In Wednesday's vote, Swedish lawmakers approved the change by 257 votes to 38, with 54 absentees.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, says "it is no longer necessary for the offender to use violence or threats, or to exploit the victim's particularly vulnerable situation" for rape charges to be brought forward.
Indian PM Modi in Sweden for first India-Nordic summit
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have held talks that focused on trade, growth, global security and climate.
Lofven announced a new innovation partnership worth 50 million kronor ($6 million) between the two countries that he said would be good "for job creation as well as for the climate."
After lunch with Lofven on Tuesday, Modi will meet with the five Nordic prime ministers for the first India-Nordic Summit.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on North Korean foreign minister's trip to Sweden (all times local):
North Korea's foreign minister has landed in Sweden for talks with his Swedish counterpart.
The rare visit could be a first step toward a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived at Stockholm's international Arlanda airport Thursday afternoon on a direct flight from Beijing,
Trump says he’ll push tariffs despite pressure from GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning of economic fallout, congressional Republicans and industry groups pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to narrow his plan for across-the-board tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Trump appeared unmoved, declaring, "Trade wars aren't so bad."
The president said he planned to move forward with special tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, contending the U.S. has long been "mistreated" in trade deals.
Trump right on immigration, gang violence, Sweden finds
Sweden's prime minister, who criticized President Trump last year for blaming Swedish violence on Muslim refugees, said Tuesday that he's cracking down on immigration and gang violence to make Sweden great again.
At a White House news conference with Mr. Trump at his side, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven spoke of his own Trump-like agenda of implementing tougher laws on immigration and crime, and of spending more money on law enforcement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Sweden (all times local):
President Donald Trump is taking credit for bringing attention to the issue of crime caused by immigrants in Sweden.
Trump says during a joint press conference Tuesday with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that immigration has "certainly" caused "problems in Sweden."
He says he was "one of the first ones to say it," and "took a little heat." But he says he doesn't mind because he "proved to be right."
The Latest: Swedish prime minister uninjured after car skids
ROME (AP) — The Latest on cold weather and snow across Europe (all times local):
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven was uninjured after his car skidded off the road in a snow storm and smashed into railing north of Stockholm.
Lofven was on his way to the town of Uppsala around 70 kilometers (43 miles) north of the Swedish capital to give a speech at a local hospital when the incident took place.
No one was injured in the accident that Lofven called "a little bump."
The Latest: IKEA founder praised for taking Sweden to world
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the death of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (all times local):
Sweden's royal house, politicians and business leaders are praising the work and entrepreneurial spirit of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who died at age 91.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said Sunday in an emailed statement to news agency TT that Kamprad was "a true entrepreneur" who brought the Scandinavian country "out to the world" while remaining "a down-to-earth person with a great commitment."
Swedish PM: Border checks needed until EU system improves
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says border checks within the European Union won't disappear "as long as order and security can't be guaranteed."
Swedish lawmakers boost defense budget over next 2 years
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's defense minister said Wednesday that lawmakers, including some from two center-right opposition parties, have agreed to boost the Swedish defense budget with an annual extra 2.7 billion kronor ($334 million) over the next two years.
2 ministers leave Swedish Cabinet in wake of security breach
HELSINKI (AP) — In a bid to avert a government crisis, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Thursday reshuffled his minority Cabinet, replacing two members, after opposition parties demanded the ouster of three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country's history.
Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak
HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden's left-leaning minority government faced a crisis Wednesday after a populist party said it would support four opposition parties in a no-confidence vote against it over one of the largest security breaches in the country.
If passed, the vote would force the ouster of three government ministers and could lead to the resignation of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Cabinet.
Swedish leader says security leak in 2015 was disaster
HELSINKI (AP) — A security leak in Sweden in 2015 is causing reverberations in the Scandinavian country two years later with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven saying it was "a disaster," exposing the nation to harm.
HELSINKI (AP) — The leaders of Sweden and Japan have demanded that North Korea halts missile tests, and pledged increased cooperation in the U.N. Security Council.
During a visit to Sweden by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven described the tests as a "threat to global peace ... and security."
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Sweden's prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country's biggest music festivals.
Woman, 66, is fifth victim to die in Stockholm truck attack
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five.
A political party in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, identified the woman as Marie Kide, 66, an elected member of the city council.
"It is with sorrow that I have received the message that another person died," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said.
Sweden mourns 4 killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden observed a minute of silence Monday on a national day of mourning for the four people killed and 15 wounded in a truck attack last week, while the suspect's name emerged in court papers and the U.N. Security Council condemned the rampage.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the deadly truck crash attack against Swedish shoppers in Stockholm (all times local):
The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump has called Sweden's prime minister to extend his condolences over the fatal truck attack.
Trump speaks with Swedish prime minister on truck attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with the prime minister of Sweden following a truck attack that killed four people in Stockholm.
Trump spoke with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven Sunday. The White House said he offered condolences to the families of those slain in the attack and wished a "speedy recovery" to the wounded.
Suspect’s status as failed asylum-seeker saddens Stockholm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedes questioned their country's welcoming immigration policies with pride and pain on Sunday after learning that an asylum-seeker from Uzbekistan was allegedly behind the truck rampage that killed four people, Stockholm's deadliest extremist attack in years.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the truck crashing into a department store in central Stockholm. (all times local):
Swedish investigators have removed the hijacked beer truck from the Stockholm department store where it ran into a crowd of pedestrians in what the prime minister says is an act of terrorism.
Police say they've arrested one man in connection with the attack that killed at least four people and injured 14 others.