The January Agreement one year on

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This week marks one year since the government and the Centre and Liberal parties reached the 73-point January Agreement, but according to the polls there is widespread disappointment with the deal.

A survey published by pollster Novus and Swedish Television earlier this month showed that six in 10 Swedes believe the January Agreement is having a quite negative or a very negative impact, and some analysts predict it will soon be called off.

Among them is Karin Svanborg Sjövall, who up until this week was the director of free-market think tank Timbro. She tells Radio Sweden that, over the past year, "Swedish politics has become incredibly fragmented, with a lot of very surprising coalitions".

However, Lisa Pelling, chief analyst at the left-leaning think tank Arena believes support for the January Agreement and for Stefan Löfven, whose one-year anniversary as a second-term prime minister is coming up this weekend, will improve once the parties start actually delivering on the January Agreement.

The deal enabled the minority Social Democrat and Green coalition government to stay in power, and also prevent the Sweden Democrat Party having an influence on government policy, and in one sense, that goal has been reached, Sweden Democrat MP Tobias Andersson tells Radio Sweden, because his party does not have a say on the 73 policy points included in the January agreement. 

"At the same time," says Andersson, "it has also brought us closer to the Moderates and the Christian Democrats...and it has also given us a boost in the polls so it's been both good and bad for the Sweden Democrats."

Click on the report to hear more about the "January agreement" and its impact over the past 12 months, and its future.