Europe

It will be very difficult to form a government in Sweden – right-wing parties in the ascendant here too

Swedish politics seldom find themselves in the international spotlight. However, last weekend’s election attracted considerable attention. This was down to one political party in particular: Sverigesdemokraterna (Sweden Democrats, SD). The right-wing populist party has enjoyed great popularity in recent months and there were fears it would manage to breach the 20% mark, thus becoming the second largest power in the Swedish parliament. While this was prevented on the basis of the preliminary election result (the final figures will not be available until Wednesday), the party will still have a significant influence, having won 17.6% of the votes and more than 60 seats in parliament. The SD’s success will make it even more complicated to form a government in Sweden – a process that is already often quite difficult. The large centre-right and centre-left alliances will each take just over 40% of the votes. However, the Social Democrats under acting prime…