European Interest

Half of the current MEPs are rerunning for the European elections in Sweden

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A polling station in Sweden.

European elections in Sweden will take place on 26 May. According to the latest polls seven political parties will win the 21 seats in the European Parliament.

The coalition government parties, the Social Democrats and the Green Party are expected to elect 5 and 2 MEPs respectively.

The far-right Sweden Democrats come second with 4 seats, the Moderate Party with 3 while the Christian Democrats and the Centre Party are expected to win the first 2 seats each. The Left Party is expected to elect 1 MEP as well.

The electoral system has a 4% threshold for access to the European Parliament.

In Sweden, 10 of the current 20 MEPs are rerunning for the European elections in 2019. Jytte Guteland and Aleksander Gabelic of the Social Democrats, Jakop Dalunde and Bodil Valero of the Green Party (Miljöpartiet), Fredrick Federley of the Centre Party, Peter Lundgren and Kristina Winberg of the far-right Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna), Malin Björk of the Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) and Soraya Post  of the Feminist Initiative. The former Green Party MEP Max Andersson runs with the new green party Vändpunkt.

In 2014 elections 9 political parties won the 20 seats in the European Parliament. Turnout was 51.07%

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