Sweden Votes for a Hung Parliament: the Right (SD) and the Left (V) Gain

Ulf Kristersson: The next Prime Minister of Sweden?

Sweden voted for a hung parliament in the general elections held on Sunday, 9 September, 2018: neither a single political party nor a group of political parties in alliance has gained a majority to rule the country but the biggest winner in the elections is the right-wing Swedish Democratic Party (SD) led by Jimmie Åkesson.

Swedish Democratic Party (SD): Increased its share of votes in 2014 and in 2018

The ruling Social Democratic Party (S) by Stefan Löfven has formed a government in 2014 with the support of the Green Party (MP) and the Left. Out of these three parties, only the Left has gained more votes in 2018 than the other two parties. As the voting was in progress after 8PM on Sunday, the charismatic leader of Christian Democratic Party (KD) Ebba Busch Thor said, “We will vote out Stefan Löfven.”


KD is in alliance with the Moderate Party (M), Centre Party (CP) and the Liberal Party. As the counting came to close at 23:45, the Moderate Party emerged as the second largest party like it did in 2014 but registered less votes. Yet this alliance of 4 political parties is likely to determine the next Prime Minister of Sweden. During the election campaign, the Moderate Party leader Ulf Kristersson has emerged as the alternative prime ministerial candidate in the place of Stefan Löfven.  As the counting of votes came to close, he called for the departure of the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. All these political parties celebrated for they managed to do better than in 2014.

Swedish Democratic Party has emerged as the biggest winner in the 2018 elections, and managed to increase its share of votes unlike any other party. www.gothenburg-400.com has reported – why SD has risen in Sweden. Yet the party remains as the political pariah for the established political parties in Sweden – neither seeking its support nor talking to it but this is likely to change now.

The major losers in the elections are the Green Party and the Social Democratic Party who could not retain their support compared to 2014 and 2018 elections. The Social Democratic Party (or the Labour Party) dominated the socio-political landscape of Sweden in the second half of 20th century but it losing its dominance in the 2000s and 2010s.

Feminiistikt Initiativ  (FI) and Medborgerlig Samling are the two political parties that could not make its presence in the parliament because they failed to get 4% of the total votes polled.