The government of Fredrik Reinfeldt, which was sworn in on 6 October, has been hit by two controversial resignations. The first came on 14 October, when Maria Borelius, Minister for Foreign Trade, was forced to stand down after admittting that she had failed to pay employer's taxes on nannies and cleaners she had hired in the 1990s. She has denied separate allegations that she registered her summer house in the Channel Islands, to avoid paying property tax.
The second resignation happened on 16 October when Minister for Culture, Cecilia Stego Chilo, admitted that she had not paid her TV licence for some 16 years. The annual fee of 1,500 kronor (€160) is the main source of funding for Sweden's public broadcasters; ironically, Ms Stego Chilo had responsibility for overseeing this department for the few days she served as culture minister.
16 October 2006