Sweden's new liberal Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced today (October 3, 2014) that Sweden will recognize Palestine as a state, making the Scandinavian country the first long-term member of the European Union (EU) to do so, according to The Daily Beast website.
"The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution," Lofven said.
"A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine."
EU nations -- such as Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia -- recognized Palestine before joining the EU.