Stockholm, Sweden went to the polls to determine whether the metropolis would continue with its congestion charging scheme. The program, by all accounts, seemed to be successful in achieving its goals: congestion fell by 50% and air pollution by 14%. But, it came at a political cost. After 12 years in office, the leftwing Social Democrats who imposed the charge were thrown out. Nevertheless, 53% of the metropolitan electorate voted to retain the program, so it will continue under the newly elected center-right coalition.
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