In the Swedish system a party must break the 4% barrier to qualify for an EU parliament seat. The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats more than doubled their share of the vote, but, on 3.3% narrowly fell short of qualifying for a seat.
Turnout in Sweden was also up, to 43.8%, compared with 37.15 in 2004. This figure is simply the the EU average for the 2009 election, but Sweden is unusual in that its turnout is up, rather than down. (lc)