Previous Social Democratic strongholds like the northern region of Norrland are turning away from the party, municipal election results suggest, and in the national election the party gained just over 28 percent – a relatively low figure, considering the Social Democrat Party was once the dominant force in Swedish politics.
Widar Andersson is an op-ed writer and editor-in-chief of Folkbladet – a newspaper with a Social Democratic editorial line. He was also a Social Democrat MP about 20 years ago.
In this interview with Radio Sweden, Andersson shares his analysis of the state of Social Democracy in Sweden, the role populism played in the election campaigns, and whether or not the left-right divide is obsolete.
Turnout up, especially in low-voting areas2:05 min 2:05 min
Record number of voters switched party5:43 min 5:43 min
Stefan Löfven says he will stay as PM2:02 min 2:02 min
Social Democrats spread falsehoods about political rivals2:41 min 2:41 min