Why Sweden's government is gaining support during coronavirus pandemic

3:49 min

A new batch of polls this week shows significant growth in support for Sweden's governing Social Democrats and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, but how do we explain the shift, and is there any evidence it could be more than temporary?

It's not unusual for an incumbent government to gain a boost in a time of crisis, and Södertörn University political science professor Nicholas Aylott told Radio Sweden also says that the current approach to the virus may also appeal to some Swedes' national pride, and there are past examples of political gains in times of crisis that stuck around even after the crisis had passed .

Listen to the report to hear his analysis.