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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

Your guide to The Local’s Swedish election coverage

Wondering where to find that article about energy policy or our explainer on how to vote? Looking for party leader interviews or a list of election pledges? Find all our election coverage here.

Your guide to The Local's Swedish election coverage
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How could these parties change life for foreigners?

In this series, we looked at the three biggest parties in Sweden – the ruling Social Democrats, the conservative Moderates and the far-right Sweden Democrats, and did a deep-dive into their policies to see how they could change life for foreigners in Sweden if they win the election on Sunday.

Election pledges and policy comparisons

If you’re interested in reading more on the election pledges of each party in this election, as well as how those pledges could affect foreigners in Sweden, have a look at these articles.

We also have these three articles comparing specific policies between each party:

Manifestos

In a similar vein, we have this article on the election manifestos from each political party.

Bloc politics and polls

Do you want to know who is in the lead at the moment, and what that means for Sweden’s bloc politics system? Have a look at these articles with the latest information.

Election guides and how to vote

Unsure if you can vote in this election? What do regions and municipalities do? What does your election card mean? Here’s a list of guides and explainers on how the election, and voting, works.

Party interviews

Here we have a collection of interviews with party leaders and representatives we’ve undertaken over the past few months.

Opinion pieces

Our contributors have written a number of opinion pieces on the election, covering segregation, what a Sweden Democrat government could look like, and whether the Social Democrats could follow their sister party in Denmark and embrace the far-right. Read those here.

Offbeat

Finally, if the election coverage is all a bit much for you and you want some light relief, check out these articles on election vocab, our ABBA guide to the Swedish election and why Swedish politicians love to pose with sausages.

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2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

READ ALSO: What happens next as parliament reopens? 

In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.

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