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Social Democrats clinch top spot, but far-right gains ground

Social Democrat MEP Helene Fritzon with fellow party members Annika Strandhäll and Tomas Eneroth. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Published: 26.May.2019 20:42 hrs

The Social Democrats remain Sweden's biggest party in the European election, followed by the conservative Moderates and far-right Sweden Democrats.

Sweden's ruling centre-left party, the Social Democrats, won 23.6 percent of the vote when 94 percent of voting districts had declared on Monday morning, down 0.8 points on the 2014 election. 

The Moderate Party followed in second spot, with 16.8 percent, ahead of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats at 15.4 percent, less than they both got in public broadcaster SVT's first exit polls early on Sunday evening. The latter saw the biggest increased compared to the last European elections in 2014.

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