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The Social Democrat party wants to make Sweden a country with the lowest unemployment in Europe - how?

Wednesday, 03 April 2013
The Swedish opposition party, the Social Democrats are poised to make Sweden a country with the lowest level of unemployment in Europe. Enjoying a growing support from the voting public, the party seem to have secured an understanding of what the Swedish voters really want now - Jobs.
Therefore, jobs and companies raiding the welfare system for their own gains are expected to be the major issues to be discussed by the party as it open its congress, which started today.

Since 14 hours Swedish time on Wednesday, the  Social Democratic Party was at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg where its leader Stefan Löfven, who so far was appointed by the party executive, will tomorrow be formally elected as party leader.

Löfven will then began to hold his first Congress, as party chairman thereafter.
"I feel reasonably relaxed and thought for a while that I would sing this speech," joked Löfven according to Swedish television.

Löfven also took the opportunity in his speech to attack the government for not taking responsibility. He pointed out that today there are 427,000 people looking for jobs while at the same time there are companies that want to hire but cannot find staff with the right skills.
Löfven stated that the Social Democrats will map out the route to full employment and set up a new employment charter for the Social Democrats: Within six years, Sweden will increase the number of working people and the number of hours so that Sweden will have the lowest unemployment in the EU.

Another important item on the agenda, which is expected to generate much debate, is the question of making profits out of welfare programs. Here according to political analysts, there is disunity in the party in that area.

Löfven has taken a clear stance though, on the issue and it stand that: he has been clear that he wants the Swedish people themselves should be allowed to choose whether public or private operations to take place within the welfare system. Democratic power should play here if the people accept that provision of things such as healthcare, education, social care, etc., should go to the private - for profit sector - or not. That will be the way to go.

The Social Democrats have now been in opposition for eight years. Now is the time to reclaim office and could Stafen Löfven be the one to take the party there?
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