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Swedish Election Guide

Published tisdag 29 augusti 2006 kl 17.15
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How does the Swedish electoral system work? How do you vote? Can foreign nationals vote? Are there absentee ballots? What are the parties? You can find the answers below:

The people of Sweden go to the polls on the third Sunday of September every fourth year. The election is for all members of parliament, all county councillors, and all municipal councillors.

There are different requirements for voting in the different elections. For example, residents without Swedish citizenship can vote in municipal elections, but Swedish citizenship is a requirement for parliamentary elections.

Votes can be cast for Swedish elections at polling stations on election day or can be cast in advance at special polling stations. Ballots can also be sent by mail or by proxy.

There are many political parties in Sweden, both national and local. Around 200 are registered. At the last election only 7 parties exceeded the 4 percent vote threshold for representation in parliament.

There are many political parties in Sweden, both national and local. Around 200 are registered.

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Compiled by Ivan Garcia

Sources: Websites of the Swedish Parliament,  the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, The Swedish Election Authority, ”Dagens Samhälle”, and the various parties

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
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