Sweden awaits its parliamentary election

09.01.2018 – Katarzyna Suchacka

The elections to the Swedish Parliament – the Riksdag, are scheduled for September 9th, 2018. After the election of its 349 members, new prime minister will be sworn in.

The acting Prime Minister, Mr. Stefan Löfven cannot enjoy great popularity among the Swedes as many extremely difficult situations appeared during his term of office. The country had to face issues like 2014 Government crisis, European migrant crisis as from 2015 and the National Security crisis in 2017.

There are several significant parties on the Swedish political scene. First of all, Prime Minister Löfven’s ruling Social Democratic Party holds 113 seats in the Parliament. It is the oldest and the biggest political party in Sweden and its leader vows to fight in order to keep his current post. The second political power in the Riksdag – the liberal-conservative Moderate Party with its leader Mr. Ulf Kristersson, focuses on public order issues, cutting the taxes and public-sector growth rate reduction. It serves as the most significant opposition force for Social Democrats. The members of yet another party – the Swedish Democrats, proclaim nationalist and populist slogans. In spite of that, the party is slowly going up in the approval ratings. Sweden’s Green Party currently holds 25 seats in the Riksdag and after the election in 2014, helped the Social Democratic Party and Prime Minister Löfven create the government. Interestingly, the party has two ruling leaders:  Mr. Gustav Fridolin, who currently serves as the Swedish Minister of Education and Mrs. Isabella Lövin – Minister for International Development Cooperation. Sweden’s fifth biggest political group is the social and liberal Centre Party. With its 22 seats in the Parliament, the party concentrates on the Swedish rural areas and small communities. Following groups should also be mentioned: Left Party, Liberals and Christian Democratic Party. Brand new, young players on the Swedish political scene e.g. The Pirate Party and the Feminist Initiative can marginally change the results of the elections.

More than 7 million people will have a chance to vote in the Swedish general election in September 2018. During the formal opening of the Riksdag in September 2017, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf reminded the Members of the Parliament about their responsibility of honourable representation of all Swedes – including the immigrants and the youth. The King emphasized the meaning of respect, as the Prime Minister condemned the hate demonstrations in Sweden.