Stockholm names new mayor

StockholmStockholm’s City Hall Nominating Committee has made a unanimous choice on who should become the new mayor of the city. Sten Nordin, a member of the Moderate Party Riksdag will be the capital’s new leader, according to reports in The Local.

Chair of the nominating committee, Inger Kock, said: “Sten Nordin is a remarkable leader for the Moderates, for the majority in City Hall, and for Stockholm.”

Kristina Axén Olin, the former mayor of Stockholm stepped down unexpectedly this month, wanting to spend more time with her family. She will, however, remain the second vice-chair of the governing board of the Moderate Party.

“I love Stockholmers and Stockholm. This has been a tough decision. But the price of my duties is too high,” the former mayor said on a party website. “At the moment this is the right thing for me and my family. Now we will get the time for us that we so badly need,” she added.

In 2007, Olin admitted to the public that she had a problem with alcohol and stepped down as mayor for a month in order to undergo treatment for the problem.

Sten Nordin has been a member of the Moderate Party since 2006.