After 4 months of negotiations, a new coalition government was finally formed on 21 January with Socialist leader Stefan Lofven managing to stay on as Prime Minister.  The coalition consists of only two parties – Social Democrats and Greens and with only 33% of the seats it starts life as one of the weakest minority governments in Swedish history and will rely on the support of other parties. It did succeed however in keeping the far right Social Democrats out of government.

The other key ministries remain unchanged, with Margot Wallstrom carrying on as Foreign Minister and Magdalena Andresson as Finance Minister.

The Swedish vote reveals increasing voter volatility, with over 40% of voters stating that they had voted for a different party than in 2014. This has clear implications for the 2019 EP elections.

EPP (4 MEPs)

None of the current 4 MEPs will be returning, with Christofer Fjellner and Gunnar Hökmark…

S&D (6 MEPs)

The Social Democrats received their lowest share of the vote since 1908 at the September…

ECR (2 MEPs)

The Sweden Democrats moved from the EFDD to the ECR in 2018, despite the British Tories…

ALDE (3 MEPs)

Cecilia Wikstrom and Jasenko Selmovic are at risk of not returning as their Liberal party…

GREENS (4 MEPs)

The Green junior coalition partners were one of the main casualties of the election night…

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