Speaking to Swedish television TV4 the Moderate Party leader says he wants to leave space for his successor to get ready for the election.
He is leaving politics and the new Moderate Leader will almost certainly be Anna Kinnberg Batra.
Fredrik Reinfeldt is currently writing a book – not his first – and says he has got “a couple of job offers”.
Sweden is facing its biggest political crisis since the 1950s, as the new government was barely formed before it was defeated in a crucial budget vote, making it impossible for this red-green coalition to govern.
Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Löfven has promised to call a new election. The official announcement is set for the 30th of December.
And although polls for this month show the red-greens leading the centre-right opposition, a the Moderate Party election coordinator says to Swedish Radio News says his party is polling better than its election result, and the polls show “an uncertain situation.”