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2010 ELECTION COVERAGE
The Local's guide to the 2010 Swedish elections

The Local's guide to the 2010 Swedish elections

Published: 17 Sep 2010 13:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Sep 2010 13:33 GMT+02:00

Welcome to The Local's Guide to the 2010 Swedish Elections.

It's already been four years since Swedes last voted on a new parliament and chose representatives for municipal and county councils. And on September 19th, the polls will open once again.

Will Sweden end up with its first female prime minister? Will a centre-right government manage to win an unprecedented a second term in power? And what’s at stake in the races for municipalities and counties?

Over the next two weeks, The Local will publish several articles designed to help readers get their heads around the different parties and some of their respective positions on a range of issues.

Whether you're planning to cast your vote in Sweden for the first time, or are simply interested in learning more, bookmark this page and keep coming back to check out the latest updates to The Guide.

You can also check our special section, Election 2010, which includes every election-related news story, including poll results, policy positions, and more.

Monday, September 6th

Introducing the Alliance

Introducing the Red-Greens

Tuesday, September 7th

Introducing the Social Democrats

Introducing the Moderates

Wednesday, September 8th

Introducing the Liberals

Introducing the Green Party

Thursday, September 9th

Introducing the Left Party

Friday, September 10th

Introducing the Centre Party

Introducing the Christian Democrats

Monday, September 13th

Introducing the Sweden Democrats

Introducing the Feminist Initiative

Tuesday, September 14th

Introducing the Pirate Party

Election Q&A: the Moderate Party

Election Q&A: the Green Party

Wednesday, September 15th

Election Q&A: the Left Party

Election Q&A: the Liberal Party - updated

How to vote in the Swedish elections

Thursday, September 16th

Election Q&A: the Social Democratic Party

Election outcomes - the lowdown

Pre-election features

In addition to the choice cuts fed to you on a daily basis and detailed above, The Local's election coverage has also included a wealth of feature articles and analysis to assist your understanding of the ins and outs of what is at stake. Here they all are, gathered for your perusal:

Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden

Dramatic election set to make Swedish history

Sweden's welfare state has endured centre-right rule

Cheryl Jones Fur - An American voice in Swedish politics

Parties struggle to entice first time voters

Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?

Alliance touts strong economy in election bid

'Well-meaning Swedes treat migrants like pets'

Live Blogs

Check out The Local's up-to the minute coverage of election night from several of the parties' temporary headquarters, as well as development during the day following the election.

Live Blog: election night in Sweden

Live Blog: post-election developments

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Your comments about this article

13:29 September 10, 2010 by flintis
@The Local: not to show bias you've omitted introducing some of the other political parties!!
15:41 September 10, 2010 by james_g
Regardless of editorial opinion (and any opinion I might have) of their policies, the Sweden Democrats are a legal political party with, according to your own article 'Poll lead continues for Alliance parties', greater support than two of the Alliance parties, one of which has its own section in your 'Introducing...' series linked above. Shouldn't you be 'Introducing' the Sweden Democrats too? Ignoring the opinions of (allegedly) at least 6% of the electorate brings both Emperor's new clothes and ostriches burying heads in the sand to mind! Ignore them and they'll go away!
00:30 September 13, 2010 by Nomark
One could be kind and argue that the Local is discussing only parties with a Riksdag presence and that it is premature to give too much weight to what is, at the moment, a fringe party with no legislative influence.

However, I'm not sure I want to charitable. I agree with you James. Ignoring them isn't going to make them go away.
15:22 September 13, 2010 by Byggare Bob
One could also apparently be charitable and observe that TL is evidently planning to present a couple of parties per day and those classified as "others" logically come last.
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