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Sweden’s Neck-And-Neck Election

Sweden’s right-wing opposition inched into a wafer-thin lead with 175 versus 174 mandates, pointing to a new government after eight years of Social Democrat rule.

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September 2022 Swedish election results
Graphic by: Duncan Mil

Early on Monday (September 12, 2022), figures showed the opposition Moderates, Sweden Democrats, Christian Democrats, and Liberals winning 175 seats in the 349-seat parliament against 174 for Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s ruling Social Democrats and its allies.

With only one seat separating the two blocs, Andersson was not ready to concede defeat late on Sunday. “Every vote will be counted. It will take time to get a final election result,” she said in a post on social media.

In evidence of a shift to the right, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have overtaken the Moderates as Sweden’s second biggest party and the biggest in the opposition. However, Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson is likely to be the group’s candidate for prime minister.

“We don’t know what the result will be,” Kristersson told supporters. “But I am ready to do all I can to form a new, stable and vigorous government for the whole of Sweden and all its citizens.”

A final result is scheduled for Wednesday, after which Kristersson will push to form a new administration.