Swedish general election: what you need to know about the contesting political parties


Sweden will vote on September 9 to elect members of the Riksdag, which will be responsible for electing the Prime Minister. Here is what you need to know about all the parliamentary political parties contesting in this election.


SOCIAL DEMOCRATS (Centre-left bloc)

Leader(s): Stefan Lofven

2014 results: 113 seats

Centre-left party which has been in power for most of the last 100 years. Has promised to boost welfare if it wins the election. Made a U-turn on immigration after the 2015 migration crisis when it rolled back historically liberal asylum policies and now says it wants to tighten immigration policies further.

GREEN PARTY (Centre-left bloc)

Leader(s): Isabella Lovin / Gustav Fridolin

2014 results: 25 seats

Environmentalists campaigning on fighting climate change. In the centre-left bloc with the Social Democrats, although it is opposed to its policies of tightening asylum rules. Is in general seen as having had to cave in on too many issues to its bigger partner.

LEFT PARTY (Centre-left bloc)

Leader(s): Jonas Sjostedt

2014 results: 21 seats

Former communist party and budget partner to the government. Expressed disappointment of not being invited to the centre-left government after the 2014 election. Wants to hike taxes and boost welfare spending.

MODERATES (Centre-right bloc)

Leader(s): Ulf Kristersson

2014 results: 84 seats

Biggest party in the centre-right opposition alliance. Campaigning on a platform of law and order and tighter migration policy. Was leading the government between 2006 and 2014 and then cut income taxes substantially and liberalised workforce migration rules. Wants to continue cutting taxes.

CENTRE PARTY (Centre-right bloc)

Leader(s): Annie Loof

2014 results: 22 seats

Former farmers’ party which has modernized to appeal to urban voters. Enterprise-friendly and stands out with the opposition alliance’s most liberal immigration policies, which has created a rift with the Moderates.

LIBERALS (Centre-right bloc)

Leader(s): Jan Bjorklund

2014 results: 19 seats

Sweden’s most EU-friendly party. Wants to cut some taxes for high income earners. School and defence issues are priorities. In the middle of the spectrum within the opposition alliance on many issues.

CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS (Centre-right bloc)

Leader(s): Ebba Busch Thor

2014 results: 16 seats

Was the first of the mainstream parties to adapt a more negative rhetoric on migration after the Sweden Democrats’ success in the 2014 election. Campaigns on elderly and healthcare issues.


Leader(s): Jimmie Akesson

2014 results: 49 seats

Campaigns on a strict anti-immigration platform. Entered parliament for the first time in 2010 and has grown steadily since then. Leader Jimmie Akesson has managed to transform a party with neo-nazi roots to one of Sweden’s biggest parties. The mainstream parties have pledged not to govern or even negotiate with them.

Reporting by Daniel Dickson, Simon Johnson; Graphic by Jessica Wang; Illustrations by Gustavo Cabrera | REUTERS GRAPHICS


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