Continued ”no” to euro
If a referendum was to be held in Sweden today regarding the euro currency union, 78 percent would have voted ”no” and only 13 percent "yes.” This is a slight increase in the number of "yes” voters, and a decrease in the number of "no” voters compared to May this year. All according to Statistics Sweden.

”Ja," ”Nej” and ”Jo”
The modern English language has two words—yes and no—for expressing something either affirmative or negative. But there are languages that have a three-form system, with two affirmative words and one negative. Hungarian, German, Dutch and French are examples, as are the Scandinavian languages. Swedish and Danish have "ja,” ”jo” and ”nej,” Norwegian has ”ja,” ”jo/jau” and ”nei,” and Icelandic has ”já,” ”jú” and ”nei.” In Swedish, and also to some extent Danish and Norwegian, there are also the additional forms "javisst” and "jovisst,” which are analogous to ”ja” and ”jo” to indicate a strong affirmative response. Swedish and Danish also have the forms ”joho” and ”nehej,” both of which indicate stronger response than ”jo” or ”nej.” ”Jo” can also be used as an emphatic contradiction of a negative statement.

Fired Sweden Democrats
Several politicians from the Sweden Democrats risk being excluded from the party. This comes on the heels of racist comments found online from these politicians. Marie Stensby, a former deputy in the party committee, was forced to leave after her anonymous comments were revealed. ”I hope they starve to death,” Stensby wrote about the children who come to Sweden unaccompanied as asylum seekers. Mikael Rahm, the Sweden Democrat chairman of Östhammar, has also left all his assignments. "Of course there are consequences to their actions,” says party secretary Björn Söder.

Sweden’s cheapest grocery basket
Pensionärernas Riksförening or PRO (the Swedish National Pensioners’ Organization) has compared prices in grocery baskets in Sweden, with the result that people on the island of Gotland pay the least for their groceries. While the average for a basket of groceries in all of Sweden is 897 SEK ($136), that basket with 34 grocery products would cost 831 SEK ($126) on Gotland, and 937 SEK ($142) in Norrbotten. The prices were lower in southern Älvsborg and Blekinge. It is also expensive, of course, in the Stockholm region where a grocery basket costs 925 SEK ($140). This comparison was conducted on October 17 in 966 stores around Sweden. Included in the survery is also a comparison with prices from 1997, and that comparison shows that the grocery prices have gone down 82 SEK ($12) or 8 percent.