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Sweden's party leaders debate
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Election 2006

Swedes go to the polls on September 17. Radio Sweden will keep you up-to-date during the campaign. On election night you can follow the results on the air and online.

How does the Swedish electoral system work? How do you vote? Can foreign nationals vote? Are there absentee ballots? What are the parties? You can find the answers in our:


The Social Democrats are going to the polls intending to form a government on their own, which is why the party will be presenting its own election platform in August. The Left and Green Parties, which have supported the minority government in parliament for several years, are demanding portfolios in a Social Democrat-led coalition. But both parties will have their own platforms. The “Left Block” is not a unified ticket.

The four party center-right opposition is running as the Alliance for Sweden, with their own common platform. However, some areas where they disagree have been left out.

Some of the issues being discussed in the campaign:

Sweden’s Political Parties

There are many political parties in Sweden, both national and local. Around 200 are registered.

The Government and its parliamentary allies:

The center-right opposition is running a joint campaign as the :

A number of new parties are running, and established small parties are hoping for better respresentation:

Election results 2002:

  • Social Democrats             39.8%
  • Moderates                       15.2%
  • Liberals                           13.3%
  • Christian Democrats           9.1%
  • Left Party                          8.3% 
  • Center Party                      6.1% 
  • Greens                              4.6%

Party and block 


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