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Swedes elect new ruling party 2006 September 19

Posted by @jennyjenjen in Home vs. Sweden, Politics, Swedish News.
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After being bombarded with election information since the second I stepped off the plane, I’ve witnessed a Swedish election firsthand and managed to learn quite a lot about the political system here. The election was held Sunday and the “Alliance” challengers have narrowly won the vote of the Swedish people in a race that has ended the 12-year reign of the Social Democratic Party.

As a non-Swede, it’s not that passionate of an issue to me, to be completely honest. On the contrary, it was almost much more interesting than it was frustrating to watch a national election; I’m used to wringing my hands at the American election results and either being incredibly disappointed or completely joyous. Due to my status as a non-citizen, it seemed to me that I spent a lot more time listening to the candidates’ views and analyzing how those views were constructed, instead of rooting for my side.

Since I’m taking a Swedish politics course right now, we’ve been discussing the parties and how elections are conducted. It was certainly a great time to take the course. Our professor, an instructor that was stepping in for the person originally intended to teach the course, was actually on the local ballot for the Moderate Party (Moderata Samlingspartiet, or Moderaterna). The Moderates were the leaders of the “Alliance” that defeated the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna) and are considered a right-leaning/conservative party. Of course, this definition is all relative, but newspapers were declaring Sweden to now be “blue” (the color that represents the conservatives, contrary to the United States color associations).

Many people with whom I’ve spoken believed that Sweden needed a change and accepts the fact that the more conservative party of the two larger is in power. Some of those people also believe that, in another four years, we’ll see the Social Democrats take over again.

I can understand that people wanted change, but I am with some of the people who are afraid that Sweden will start implementing policies that are, for example, far too close to those of the United States. And although the Swedes currently have seven parties in parliament, it almost felt like there were just two and the others were merely there to aide one of the main two. A few of the Swedes I’ve talked to agree with me.

It’ll be interesting to see the types of changes that come about while I’m here, and although I’m really unsure about how good this change is for Sweden, I’m excited to see what will happen. Let’s hope it is for the better.

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1. Matttt - 2006 September 19

Red’s the international colour of socialism!

And I think Sweden will stay Swedish – the Swedish centre-right is still very much to the left by the standards of most countries!

2. Alfredo - 2006 September 21

I think if Swede’s want to be more conservative, it won’t be a sharp turn to the right, rather, just a temporary check on the Social Democrat’s power by the part of the people. In any democracy, you’ll see that when one power reigns for too long, it becomes stagnant and the people will want change. This happened in the nineties when U.S. Democrats, after being in control of the H.o.R. for a decade, were replaced by a Republican majority. The same will happen in this election year, as US Constituents express dispirit with the stagnant, corrupt, war-tainted neoconservative movement that currently dominates The Senate, House, White House, and the Supreme Court.

3. swedishfish - 2006 September 21

Haha, oh my gosh, these responses are so academic when the post really isn’t intended to be! You guys are silly…

4. Florian - 2006 September 24

academic… academic…

At least, I Ohio state, I didn’t used to say such things !!!

hej Jen! now you have my email

5. Nathan - 2006 September 30

It is a shame the Pirate party had such a poor showing in the elections. I had such high hopes, as did many in the Information Technology business.


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