Social Democrats mourn loss of power

The atmosphere at the Social Democrats' election night party was downcast as the party that has ruled Sweden for 64 of the past 70 years faced at least four years in opposition.

The Social Democrats’ party hall started emptying fast straight after the results became clear. Supporters were sitting at tables sipping on the last few swigs of beer.

“The Moderates were right strategically to focus on unemployment,” said Ardalan Shekarabi, the 27-year-old former chairman of the young Social Democrats.

“Yes, it is a big disappointment,” said 34-year-old Daniel Färm of Stockholm. “We have to work hard and construct a strong opposition party. Things will go forward.”