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. (lc)