It has been a roller-coaster year for the Greens. First they doubled their number of MEP in the election to the European Parliament. But in the national elections, they lost half a percentage point, and had to relinquish their position as the third biggest party in parliament to the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party.
In her opening speech at the party's local council days in Karlstad on Saturday, Romson addressed the disappointment many felt in the party.
"I think it is time to stop mourning the Sweden Democrat election results and pull on our working boots," she said.
She noted that some people may have the feeling they have hit a wall. "But it may not be a wall. It may just be a very high step, and when we least expect it, we have moved up a level," she said. And despite the party's result in the national elections, she thinks 2014 is a year when the Greens moved up a level. "We are 20,000 members taking part in 129 local and 18 regional councils. We've got 4 MEPs, 25 Mps and 6 ministers. That means tools to make changes," Romson said.
As a way to boost moral ahead of the compromises that the party is sure have to make in its co-operation with the much bigger Social Democrat, Romson compared the decision to enter the government as starting off on a backpacker-trip. Unknown destinations, sometimes the wrong bus, youth hostels that are closed, and guide books that are out of date.
"But you do learn things that you would never do otherwise. And you learn things that you need in order to grow in strength," she told the party faithful.