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Hung parliament in Sweden to delay government formation, but business environment to face high degree of continuity

10 September 2018


The preliminary result of the Swedish general election on 9 September has confirmed that neither of the mainstream blocs would hold a majority in the newly elected parliament.

With more than 99% of the votes counted, the centre-left coalition, which includes the ruling Social Democrat party (Socialdemokraterna: S), had secured approximately 40.6% of the vote, while the mainstream centre-right Alliance (Alliansen) won 40.2%. In line with expectations, the far-right Sweden Democrat party (Sverigedemokraterna: SD) made the biggest gains, jumping from 12.9% of the vote in the 2014 election to 17.6%.

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