Options abound for watching US elections in Sweden

With only a week to go before the US presidential election, Americans living in Sweden, political junkies and the merely curious are already making plans for how and where they plan to watch the historic vote.

Options abound for watching US elections in Sweden

For those wishing to experience the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat in their own homes, there will be no shortage of viewing options.

Sweden’s TV4 has gone so far as to stake out space at the House of Sweden, Sweden’s embassy in Washington, DC, in order to broadcast their morning news programme live from the US capital.

And for people with the right satellite or cable subscriptions, CNN and the BBC will also have a bevy of pollsters and talking heads to chat away through the wee hours as Tuesday, November 4th becomes Wednesday, November 5th.

Members and guests of the American Chamber of Commerce plan on grabbing a coffee and heading to the Hilton Slussen hotel at 4:30am on November 5th for an election watch breakfast.

The event, which is being arranged in conjunction with the US Embassy, is designed to coincide with the closing of polls on the US west coast, likely to be the earliest possible time at which either John McCain or Barack Obama may be able to declare themselves the 44th President of the United States.

Despite the breakfast’s early start, organizers tell The Local that the event, which is restricted to invited guests, is fully booked,

Of course, there’s no guarantee the results will even be known in time for breakfast in Sweden, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to soak up the suspense which will undoubtedly build throughout the evening.

Perhaps the best bet for those looking for a festive atmosphere and an opportunity to experience the drama of electoral vote tallying as it unfolds, is to head to the Scandic Anglais Hotel near Stureplan in central Stockholm for a true election night party organized by the Swedish chapter of Democrats Abroad.

While the crowd may be left-leaning, Democrats Abroad spokesperson Christina Anderson emphasized to The Local that “everyone is welcome” regardless of political affiliation or citizenship.

A mere 150 kronor buys a political party animal drinks, big screens flickering with live TV coverage, and a fantastic line up of musical artists including Cyndee Peters, Sarah Dawn Finer, Rennie Mirro, Adam Baptiste, Pigeon, and Jessica Folcker.

Those wishing to pay a little extra will be treated to a buffet dinner, and panel discussions are planned as well in an event that should keep people on the edge of their seats until the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

“It’s really a unique event to celebrate a really historic election,” said Anderson.

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article contained inaccuracies regarding the American Chamber of Commerce event. The current text reflects the updated information.