Stockholm's Green Party is growing. Bribe investigation against the Crown Princess closed - the law doesn't apply to someone who's not elected to office. Prince Daniel’s first day at work. Swedish Meatballs with a twist - with apple and mustard.
Green Party is growing
A new survey in Stockholm shows that the center-right alliance, which is currently governing Stockholm, is ten percentage units ahead of the red-green opposition. But what’s remarkable about the survey is the explosive increase of the Green party. Slightly more than 1,000 Stockholmers answered last week to the survey made by the Synovate institute. Compared with the last election result, the red-greens increased their support with three percentage units to 43.9. The center-right alliance got 53.5 %. The Green party in Stockholm is, however, the big winner. Compared with the 2006 elections the Greens have doubled their support - an increase with 100 %. In this survey they got 18.2 % which means that they are almost as big as the Social Democrats' 20.2 %.
“The increase of the Green Party is astonishing. It is very unusual that a party succeeds to double their support during one single length of office,” says Nicklas Källebring, analyst at Synovate to newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The Social Democrats' result is historically low but they have on the other hand decreased gradually in Stockholm since 2002. The Moderate party consolidates their position as Stockholm's strongest party. With 37.6 % they have a statistically significant increase with 0,4 %. They seem to have stabilized around 37 % according to Källebring.
Bribe investigation against the Crown Princess closed
A pre-trial will not start regarding the bribery accusations in relation to the honeymoon of the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria. The public prosecution office declared its decision just the other day. The case began after reports of an alleged bribery of the royal couple, and accusations of bribery crimes against businessman Bertil Hult, who lent his plane and holiday home to the newly married couple. Chief prosecutor Gunnar Stetler reasons that the law on bribery do not apply to someone who is neither elected for, nor appointed to, a position of government functions
Daniel’s first day at work
He charmed everyone, the newly minted Prince Daniel, on his first day on the new job. At the recent Bernadotte jubilee in Örebro, it was Daniel rather than the King or the Queen, who was in focus. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the session of the Riksdag held in Örebro during which Jean Baptiste Bernadotte was chosen as Sweden’s Crown Prince. The entire royal family was there for the celebration and they all seemed to be in good spirits, even though it was rather grey and rainy. Daniel and Victoria held hands as they strolled around Stjernsund Palace, after which they were taken in cars to Örebro Museum and later on to S:t Nicolai church for a ceremony. The visit ended with a procession through the town to Järntorget, where there was more entertainment. All throughout the celebration, Prince Daniel seemed happy to finally be in the position to support the Crown Princess.
Meatballs with apple and mustard
Meatballs done in a different way with apples and French mustard. These are best served not with potatoes and lingon, but with vegetables.
500 g minced beef
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons French mustard
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 Tablespoon butter
600g vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, red onion and mushrooms
1 Tablespoon butter
¼ cup cashew nuts
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs except the apple. Peel, wash and grate the apple coarsely and add to the mix. Shape the meat mix into meatballs, the size of walnuts (should be about 16). Fry them in butter on medium heat in a frying pan for about 10 minutes. Wash and cut the vegetables and the apple into big pieces and fry in butter until soft and slightly colored. Add the cashews at the last minute and season with salt and pepper. Serve the meatballs with the vegetables.
Miljöpartiet de gröna is a green political party which is growing steadily in Sweden. The party was founded in 1981 emerging out of the movement opposing nuclear power in a referendum held 1980. It won seats in the Parliament of Sweden for the first time in 1988, failed to pass the 4% cutoff in the following election in 1991, but returned again in 1994 and has held seats since, getting around 5% in every election. The above poster reads: "I'm not dependent on oil. I can quit whenever I want to. No?"