After only a week in power, Sweden’s new centre-right government is reeling from a succession of scandals, including allegations of tax evasion among members of the cabinet. However, prime minister Frank Reinfeldt is weathering the storm. He has ruled out any major changes for his fledgling coalition, which came to power on a pledge to reform Sweden’s welfare system, funded by one of the highest levels of taxation in the world.
Sweden’s trade minister Maria Borelius resigned over allegations of tax evasion. She was also accused of failing to declare her childminder’s salary and it’s claimed her family avoided property taxes on their holiday home in southern Sweden by registering it in the tax-haven of Jersey.
Other government officials have been under fire including culture minister Cecilia Stego who admitted failing to pay for her television licence.