Swedish Election Results
The opposition center-right Alliance for Sweden has narrowly won the Swedish elections. In his concession speech, Prime Minister Göran Persson announced he would be resigning his post as leader of the Social Democrat party.
The Alliance received 48 percent of the vote, which translates into 178 seats in parliament.
The Social Democrats and their allies have 46.2 percent, and 171 seats.
None of the small parties outside of parliament appear to have gotten the 4 percent needed for representation. But the xenophobic Sweden Democrat party has increased its vote in southern Sweden and seems to have gotten representation in the regional assembly in Skåne and the county council in neighboring Blekinge. The party has also done well in municipal elections in southern Sweden.
Meanwhile, the alliance parties have regained control of Stockholm city hall, with 48.1 percent of the vote, compared to 44.7 percent for the S, L, and Greens.
Turnout was slightly better than in 2002, at just over 80 percent.