Sweden bumps Greens to second place in EU vote
TT/The Local/pvs · 25 May 2014, 23:41
Published: 25 May 2014 21:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 May 2014 23:41 GMT+02:00
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The Green Party climbed to 15.2 percent of the Swedish vote the European Parliament elections on Sunday, making it the second largest party after the Social Democrats, who received 24.5 percent of the vote.
The night also ushered two smaller and new parties into the union's elected assembly. The Sweden Democrats (SD) took home 9.9 percent of the votes, gaining its first two seats, while Feminist Initiative took its first seat as the party received 5.3 percent of the vote.
The Moderates instead suffered a major collapse, dropping to 13.5 percent. The Pirate Party suffered an even worse blow, losing both its seats after only scraping together 2.2 percent of the votes.
Södertörn University political scientist Nick Aylott summarized the results as a good day for small parties - but added that there was nothing worth getting excited about.
Left Party 6.3 percent
Social Democrats 24.4 percent
Green Party 15.3 percent
The Liberals (Folkpartiet) 10.0 percent
Christian Democrats 6.0 percent
Moderate Party 13.6 percent
Sweden Democrats 9.7 percent
Pirate Party 2.2 percent
Feminist Initiative 5.3 percent
Centre Party: 6.5 percent