Right-wing parties win elections in Sweden by a narrow margin

A possible agreement between the extreme right and the conservatives would displace the Social Democrats from the government


The Social Democratic Party of Sweden (PSS) led by Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received the most votes in the legislative elections held this Sunday with 30.5 percent of the vote, but the four right-wing parties, with the far-right Swedish Democrats at the head, they would add more support, according to the still partial official results corresponding to 83.9 percent of the tables that have already been scrutinized.

The second party with the most votes is the far-right Swedish Democrats (DS) with 20.7 percent of the vote, while the Moderate Party (PM) would have 19 percent support. The Social Democrats would improve their results by two points compared to the last elections in 2018, while the Swedish Democrats grew three points and the moderates fell almost one.

In fourth position would be the Center Party (PC, 6.7 percent), followed by the Left Party (PI, 6.7 percent), the Christian Democratic Party of Sweden (PCDS, 5.4 percent), the Green Party (PV, 5 percent); and the Liberal Party of Sweden (PLS, 4.6 percent).

The situation is one of a technical tie between the two camps, which casts doubt on whether the PSS can govern with a coalition agreement or with specific support in Parliament from the Green Party, the Center Party and the Left Party.

Between the four parties they would add 48.8 percent of the votes, while the other four parties, if they managed to understand each other, would accumulate 49.8 percent of the votes.

The option of a right-wing agreement, however, seems far away than ever, since even if the sum were enough to govern, it is difficult to imagine an executive led by the Moderate Party when the extreme right has clearly surpassed him in votes.

The third option would be a German-style grand coalition with the PSS and the Moderate Party, but this seems unlikely given the precedents of clashes and rivalry between the two formations. This pathway would only be explored if all other options fail.

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