Result Bucks the European Trend
While the far right and euro-sceptics were big winners in many EU countries Sunday's EU Parliament election saw the Sweden's eurosceptic June List party sink to 3.6% and lose all their seats, while the liberal Folkpartiet who are big euro-enthusiasts saw their vote surge by almost a third to 13.6% and win an extra seat.
Other big winners were the Pirate Party, on 7.1% and taking their first seat, and the Miljöpartiet (greens) who almost doubled their vote to 10.9% and now qualify for a second seat.
In the Swedish system a party must break the 4% barrier to qualify for an EU parliament seat. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their share of the vote, but, on 3.3% narrowly fell short of qualifying for a seat.
Turnout in Sweden was also up, to 43.8%, compared with 37.15 in 2004. This figure is simply the the EU average for the 2009 election, but Sweden is unusual in that its turnout is up, rather than down.