Sweden Democrats received 17.6% of the vote on Sunday. This is a substantial rise from the 2014 election in which the party received 12.9% of the vote.
The ruling Social Democrat Party received 28.3% of the vote which is down almost 3 points from last election at 31% of the vote. This marks the ruling party’s worst performance in over a century, not seeing popularity this low since 1908.
The Moderates, Sweden’s second largest party, dipped over 3 percent this election to 19.8% of the vote compared to 23.3% of the vote in 2014.
The power structure in Sweden thus remains intact for the ruling party. However, the trend suggests that future elections may continue to test the grip the Social Democrats have over Swedish politics.
The surging Sweden Democrats are distinct for their tough on immigration platform, something not shared by the parties that placed 1st and 2nd in Sunday’s election.