Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt assumes the rotating presidency over the European Union.
Sweden's new centre-left government creates a surprise by announcing that the country will recognise the state of Palestine, and becomes the first European country to do so while a member of the European Union.
Voters in Sweden go to the polls for a general election with a leftist coalition led by the Swedish Social Democratic Party set to form government. Incumbent Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announces that he will step aside as PM and as leader of the Moderate Party.
Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his wife, Stockholm county council chair Filippa Reinfeldt, separate after two decades of marriage.
Results in the Swedish general election show the centre-right Alliance government led by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt winning a plurality, with the Sweden Democrats holding the balance of power.
Voters in Sweden go to the polls for a general election with the centre-right Alliance government led by Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt winning the most seats but falling short of a majority