It is a dead heat between the centre-left bloc made up of the Social Democrats, the Green Party, and the Left Party with 40.6 percent and the Alliance bloc (Moderates, Center Party, Christian Democrats, and Liberals) with 40.3 percent. With almost all the votes counted, the center-left bloc would have one more member of Parliament than the centre-right.
The nationalist Sweden Democrats gained almost 5 percent more support than the last election, but were unable to beat out the conservative Moderates for the second most votes as polls ahead of the election had predicted. Jimmie Åkesson, party leader of the Sweden Democrats, was pleased with the result nevertheless.
“I am very satisfied. I have to keep myself humble. I know there are Swedish Democrats who had hoped for more,” he told news agency TT. “But now, we are a large party and we are ready to take on responsibility and prevent political chaos.”
Moderate party leader and head of the Alliance bloc, Ulf Kristersson, called for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to resign in his Election Night speech.
“My goal is to shape a new government that will take responsibility,” he said as the last votes were coming in.
The vote count is not expected to be final until Wednesday, but talks about who will be in Sweden's next government have already begun.