In less than three weeks Swedes take to the polls to cast their votes in the Swedish general election. The general election is scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 2018. Recent polls have seen far-right party Sweden Democrats (SD) gain support after a survey, conducted by Sipo, placed them second, behind Stefan Löfven and the Social Democrats Party (SAP). SAP has been favourites in Sweden for decades, but although they are topping the polls at the moment, the leftist party could be heading for their worst election in almost 100 years. This might come as a shock for the left-wing party as the support for SAP, a labour party at its core, has been stronger in Sweden than in almost any other countries since the country’s parliamentary-democratic breakthrough in 1917. 175 out of 349 seats are needed for a majority and currently, none of the parties or coalitions have reached this number in the pre-election polls.
Sweden has three alliances: Left Party, Green Party and Social Democrats who form the leftist coalition, the Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats who form “The Alliance” and the Sweden Democrats who are currently standing alone.
The leftist coalition, however, comes closest with 148 seats, followed by The Alliance’s 129 and Sweden Democrats 72 seats.
The recent poll has shown the SD party are gaining voters for their strict policies on immigration, but they will need to team up with a different party to get enough seats to win the election.