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It’s not just another year – it’s Swedish elections year!
2021 was a tumultuous year for domestic Swedish politics, with the Riksdag voting no less than three times on a government. The Social Democrats, however, managed to retain power through year-end, and Sweden got its first woman prime minister – Magdalena Andersson of the Social Democrats.
This year, Sweden goes to the polls in September and the domestic political situation is sure to continue dominating Swedish headlines during 2022.
The aftermath of the 2018 election – and the events over the course of the Löfven administration(s) – showed just how difficult it has become to form a government in Sweden. Government crisis followed government crisis last year, and Sweden was left with a one-party minority government governing on a conservative budget and holding an unwieldy legislative base.
And with at least two political parties (the Greens and the Liberals) at risk of not making the 4% Riksdag threshold, yet another re-write of the Swedish political landscape could well be in the cards following the elections in September.
Meanwhile, the conservative parties look set to deepen their cooperation ahead of the election: the Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Sweden Democrats have aligned themselves ever closer on questions of immigration, paving the way to relatively straightforward government talks. The big question is whether SD becomes big enough to demand a position in government, and whether it will be satisfied with only a confidence-and-supply arrangement for a potential conservative government led by Ulf Kristersson.
Follow the 2022 elections with Mundus International
Over the next 10 months, Mundus International will provide our subscribers with the background, insights and the analysis for the Swedish elections. We will cover the news about the campaign, the results and the formation of government in Mundus News.
Keep up with the latest polls-of-polls and the campaign trail in Mundus Weekly.
Political analysis during the campaign and around the election, is covered in the Monthly Policy Review. Our coverage will include a scene setter for the Swedish elections; a review of issues forming the campaign with an outline of the positions of the political parties; how the elections are run and analysis of the political parties. The coverage in the Monthly Policy Review will also a wrap-up of the election with a look at the major issues and possible cabinet ministers.