Sept. 19, 2014, 1:44 p.m.
The election for the 349 seats in the Parliament (Riksdag) in Sweden was held on Sunday 14 September 2014. Located in northern Europe, Sweden has a population of 9,723,809 with approximately 7,297,268 registered voters. Preliminary results have the center-left Social Democrat’s bloc (aka Red-Greens) winning 43.7 percent of the vote, while the governing center-right Alliance (including the Moderate Party) won 39.3 percent of the vote.[i] Turnout for the election was approximately 83.4 percent.[ii] Prime Minister Fredrik REINFELDT of the Moderate Party/Alliance, conceded the election and resigned on Monday 15 September 2014.[iii] Social Democrat leader Stefan LOFVEN is expected to become the next Prime Minister. He is currently negotiating with other parties to form a governing coalition. Winning 13 percent of the vote was Sweden’s (now) third-largest party, the far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.[iv] Final results will be completed by the end of September.