Two parties are key to this year’s election in Sweden: The leftist Social Democrats and far-right Sweden Democrats.
The ruling Social Democrats are currently ahead as the election results come in, despite support for the party slumping in recent months.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has not confirmed whether there will be a coalition, but he has said he will remain in office in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the Sweden Democrats have seen a surge in backing and could end up as kingmakers after tonight’s election.
Follow Express.co.uk’s live blog below for the latest updates, news, pictures and videos from the Sweden election:
Monday, September 10
7.51am: Will there be a coalition?
Akesson hopes his party, which wants Sweden to leave the European Union and freeze immigration, can play a decisive role in negotiations over forming a government.
He called on Ulf Kristersson, the center-right Alliance’s candidate for the premiership, to choose between seeking support from the Sweden Democrats for an Alliance government or to accept another four years of Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
“We will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months and years,” Akesson told party colleagues.
Kristersson called on Lofven to resign, but rejected Akesson.
“We have been completely clear during the whole election. The Alliance will not govern or discuss how to form a government with the Sweden Democrats,” he said.
The Sweden Democrats, shunned by all the other parties since entering parliament in 2010, have promised to sink any Cabinet that refuses to give them a say in policy, particularly on immigration.
Lofven said he would not resign and called for cross-party cooperation to resolve the political impasse.
He said: “There is no side with a majority. Then it is only natural to work across the political divide to make it possible to govern Sweden,”
7.43am: What are the preliminary results?
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s ruling centre-left bloc had a slight lead with 40.6 percent of the vote, with the center-right alliance winning 40.3 percent.
The Moderates have 19.8 percent of the vote.
Sweden Democrats gained 17.6 percent of the vote, up from 12.9 percent in the previous 2014 elections.
The Centre Party is at 8.6 percent, the Christian Democrats are at 6.4 percent, Liberals 5.5 percent and Green Party at 4.3 percent.
Results are so far based on 99 percent of the confirmed vote and there not be finalised until Wednesday when overseas votes are counted.
7.11am update: Recap
Sweden’s general elections have resulted in deadlock after the two main centrist coalitions failed to win a majority.
The far-right Sweden Democrats party made significant gains over immigration fears, but are third at the moment.
They are highly likely to be kingmaker- who will make a great impression without being a viable candidate.
A coalition government could be in the pipeline, but this could result in the centre-right opposition having to reach out to the Sweden Democrats.
Rachel Russell takes over reporting from James Bickerton
6:45am: The negotiations ahead could take months
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who has dismssed calls for him to step down, says he will spend the next two weeks ahead of the first vote in the new parliament trying to get together a coalition.
Comments earlier in the night suggest he might be willing to form an alliance with moderate parties outside the centre-left block.
The Liberals and Centre parties have ruled out accepting an alliance with the far-right Sweden Democrats, so Mr Lofven may try to tempt them into joining him.
Chief analyst at Nordea Markets said: “It will take weeks or months to form a government. The talks will indeed be very complicated.
“We have seen the problems in the past four years with a weak minority government and now we will see the same problems but even more so.”
The final result will only come on Wednseday, after overseas ballots have been counted.
5.09am: The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator welcomes the result
European Parliament Brexit negotiator welcomes result Guy Verhofstadt
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator and former Belgium Prime Minister, has welcomed the Swedish election result.
He tweeted: “Polls show that our Centre Party and Liberal allies win votes compared to 2014 elections.
“Also Swedish Democrats win less than expected.”
Mr Verhofstadt is a strong supporter of further European Union integration
4.30am: Political commentators criticise “doomsday forecasts” and claim centrist political parties dominated
Michael Carpenter, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, stated that Sweden’s centre-left and centre-right parties dominated the election, and accused the media of publishing “doomsday forecasts”.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Sweden’s centre-left and centre-right parties came out of top today with the nativist/anti-immigrant party (Sweden Democrats) in third place at 18 percent.
“So 82 percent of Swedes voted for mainstream centrist policies, defying the media’s doomsday forecasts.”
3.00am: Speculation turns to negotiations
With the result speculation turns to the cross-party negotiations which will soon get under way.
Jon Henley, a journalist for The Guardian who is on the ground in Stockholm, commented: “The new government, which could now take weeks to form, will need either cross-bloc alliances between centre-right and centre-left parties, or an accommodation with the Sweden Democrats – long shunned by all other parties because of their extremist roots – to pass legislation, potentially giving the populists a say in policy.”
1.00am: Centre-right and centre-left bloc’s neck-and-neck
The two main parliamentary alliances, the centre-right led by the Moderate Party and the centre-left led by the Social Democrats, are almost tied.
With almost all results announced the centre-left bloc has 40.6 percent of the vote to the centre-right bloc’s 40.2 percent.
The far-right Swedish Democrats have won just under 18 percent of the vote.
It is unlikely that there will be many developments until the morning.
Swedish Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson
Sunday, September 9
11.46pm: Social Democrat leader refuses to resign
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven is refusing to step down despite his Social Democratic party getting its lowest share of the vote in more than a century.
Has told supporters that the Swedish Democrats have “saluted Hitler and fanned the flames of racism” and says moderate parties have a “moral responsibility” to form a government.
11.37pm: Swedish PM Lofven says “tonight is the end of set block politics”.
Swedish Prime Minister and centre-left Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven has said: “Regardless of the end result, tonight is the end of set block politics.”
This suggests he may be open to working with centrist and centre-right parties in order to minimise the influence of the populist Swedish Democrats.
Mr Lofven’s Social Democrats currently govern Sweden in coalition with the left-wing Green Party.
11.28pm: Centre-left lead centre-right by just one seat
With 99 percent of districts counted the Social Democrat led centre-left coalition leads the centre-right coalition by just one seat, with 144 to 143.
The far-right Swedish Democrats are in third place with 62 seats.
It’s still far from clear what the new government will look like.
Social Democrat supporters celebrate a result
11.23pm: Liberal Party rules out any arrangement with Swedish Democrats
The leader of Sweden’s Liberal Party, one of four parties which make up the centre-right ‘Alliance’ bloc, has ruled out any cooperation with the far-right Swedish Democrats.
Jan Bjorklund said: “I want an Alliance government, but it will not happen in cooperation with the Swedish Democrats.”
The centre-right and centre-left blocs, including the post-communist Left Party with the centre-left, are closely balanced with only 100 out of 6,004 districts left to count.
11.09pm: Swedish Democrats demand ‘influence’ in exchange for support
Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the far-right Swedish Democrats, has told reporters his party won’t support any administration which doesn’t give it influence.
He has also argued that any new government should have majority support in the Riksdag, Sweden’s Parliament.
If effect he is suggesting the centre-right bloc, led by the Moderate Party, will need to reach some kind of arrangement with him to govern effectively.
However according to the Swedish Parliamentary system this isn’t strictly necessary. Sweden has had a number of minority government during the post-WWII era.
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Amalie Henden
10.45pm: ‘Prime Minister Stefan Lofven should step down’
Ulf Kristersson, leader of the centre-right Moderates, has called on Sweden’s leader to resign in light of tonight’s preliminary results.
In a reference to Mr Lofven’s minority cabinet, Mr Kristersson told supporters: “This government has run its course.
“Now it should resign.”
Neither Mr Kristersson’s centre-right Alliance or Mr Lofven’s centre-left coalition have won enough votes to secure a majority.
Moderates leader Ulf Kristersson called on Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to resign
10.20pm: Sweden Democrats ‘will gain huge influence’
Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson has told supporters he is prepared to talk and cooperate with all other parties.
At a party rally in Stockholm, he said: “We increase our seats in parliament and we see that we will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months and years.”
9.40pm: Dead heat as three-quarters of votes counted
The majority of votes have now been counted and there is barely anything in it between the two major alliances. As it stands, both groups would win the same number of seats.
With 4476 out of 6004 electoral districts declared, the results are:
Centre-left bloc: 40.6 percent
Centre-right bloc: 40.2 percent
Sweden Democrats: 17.7 percent
Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson said his party will ‘gain huge influence’
9pm: Greens and left-wing bloc ’in the danger zone’
Sweden’s left-wing alliance could be “broken up” if the Greens fail to win enough votes to enter parliament, a political scientist has warned.
Stigbjörn Ljunggren told thelocalsweden support for the party could be lower than recent polling has suggested spelling major trouble for the left bloc.
Under the Swedish system, the Greens need at least four percent of the vote to get into parliament.
One exit poll puts the party at just 4.2 percent, but Mr Ljunggren said they may not receive that much.
He said: “They are very much in the danger zone. There have been indications of this over the past week that support for them among the public is lower than the polls show.”
He added if the Greens did not win at least four percent, it would spell the end of the left-wing bloc.
He said: “It would mean there’s no possibility for the Social Democrats to form a government other than by having some centrist parties with them. The Social Democrats would have to hand over power.”
7.45pm update: Dead race between the blocs as Sweden Democrats may have to prepare for a worse outcome than expected
On Twitter Journalist Christian Christensen writes: “This poll underestimated the Sweden Democrat results in 2014.
“Pollsters claim that they have adjusted their calculations, but should be taken with a grain of salt.
“SD voters tend not to answer, even in exit polls.”
Sweden Democrats Party members react to exit polls after election in Stockholm
7.25 SVT’s exit polls show Sweden Democrats as the second largest party with 19.2 percent
SVT’s exit polls shows it is too-close-to-call between the blocks.
The Alliance receives 39.6 percent and the leftist coalition receives 39.4 percent.
According to their measurement, Sweden Democrats is Sweden’s second largest party with 19.2 percent.
Here are the numbers:
Social Democrats: 26.2
Environmental Party: 4.2
Left Party: 9.0
Swedish Democrats: 19.2
Christian Democrats: 7.4
Center Party: 8.9
7.20pm update: Sweden Democrats don’t believe the latest result prediction is accurate
The Sweden Democrats do not believe in TV4’s 16.3 percent, and the atmosphere in their election wake is still hopeful, according to Norwegian newspaper VG.
Among the party members, there are reported talks about the fact that they are usually measured lower than the final results.
Many said that will be the case this time as well.
Sweden election 2018: The latest predicted result is not what Jimmie Akesson was hoping for
7.10pm update: Sweden Democrats disappointed by exit polls result
At the election wake member of the far-right party were heard calling “No! No!” when the result was presented.
However, in the 2014 election the exit polls were a big miss.
The Sweden Democrats ended up getting 12.9 percent in the last election which was much higher than expected.
7pm update: Polls CLOSED – Sweden Democrats to receive fewer votes than expected
TV 4 has published the election’s first predictions where the figures are based on Swedes who have been asked what they voted throughout the day.
Here are the numbers:
Left Party: 9.8
Social Democrats: 25.4
Green Party: 5.4
Centre Party: 9.4
Christian Democrats: 6.6
Swedish Democrats: 16.3
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven talks to media at the Social Democratic Party’s election wake
6.30pm update: 41 percent are voting for differently than they did last time
According to SVT’s research, more than 41 percent of the voters have changed their mind when they vote in this election.
That is seven percent more than in 2014 when 44 percent voted differently from the last election.
6.15pm update: 38 percent of Swedes decided who to vote for TODAY
Swedish state channel SVT conducted a poll today which shows that 38 percent of the voters decided on who to vote for today.
This is a new record, and to compare, 33 percent did the same in the 2014 election.
5.45pm update: Queues outside polling stations are so long people go home without voting
New rules at the polling station only allow one person to pick up their ballot at a time, leaving long queues of impatient Swedes.
Expressen.se said people were leaving the polling station after waiting for a “long time”.
5.15pm update: Banned state channel SVT has arrived at Sweden Democrats campaign rally despite major disagreement
Swedish SVT gets permission to broadcast the far-rights last campaign rally in Stockholm, although the channel was banned by SD-leader Jimmie Akesson yesterday.
Hanna Dowling in SVT told Norwegian newspaper VG: “Just confirmed that we have access to the Stockholm campaign rally.”
Sweden election 2018: People outside of polling stations have been attacked
4.45pm update: Attacks in polling stations continues
Social Democrats MP Annika Strandhäll said: “It’s completely unacceptable, totally reprehensible.
“Of course, one should be able to feel completely safe as an electoral employee.
”We have seen a more heated debate climate during this election campaign, but this is not acceptable.”
4.30pm update: Sweden Democrats continues to divide the centre-right bloc
The conservative parties in Sweden are divided in the question on whether to collaborate or not with the Sweden Democrats to make sure their alliance will receive the majority of the votes in the election.
Especially in the district of Östermalm in Stockholm, the right-leaning parties think a conversation with hardliners Sweden Democrats should at least be considered.
Stockholm resident Carl Ask told NTB: “I find it strange that no one is discussing politics with a party supported by so many.
“There must be a better way of dealing with the Sweden Democrats than to just completely ignore them.”
The centre-right bloc currently holds around 40 percent of the votes, but if they were to collaborate with the Sweden Democrats they could form a majority Government with about 60 percent of the total votes.
Sweden election 2018: Leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Akesson in Stockholm last night
4.15pm update: Another politician receives threats outside a polling station
Another threat has been reported in connection with the election.
Politician Ann Heberlein from the Moderate party has reported a man walked over to her and called her “fascist” outside a polling station in Lund, southern Sweden.
She told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: ”None of the people who were there intervened. It was only when my husband got there the abuser left me alone.”
Ms Heberlein added: “He said I was against everything good in this world and that the entire population of Sweden hates me.
“He called me a ‘pussy’, ‘fascist’ and a ‘whore’”.
4.00pm update: Far-right Sweden Democrats leader stated 20-30 percent is a “reasonable” result
When Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats hit the polls to cast his vote today he told the press “20-30 percent of the total votes is a reasonable result.”
3.45pm update: Latest opinion polls
The most recent polls suggest the ruling leftist party Social Democrats, will lose a substantial number of parliamentary seats.
However, they would still win ahead of the far-right Sweden Democrats whose popularity has steadily doubled in every election since 2000.
Roughly 7.5 million registered voters will choose from almost 6,300 candidates in this year’s election which is expecting a turnout of around 85 percent.
Sweden election 2018: The battle between Stefan Lofven and Jimmie Akesson continues to intensify
3.30pm update: Farewell to dull and predictable Swedish elections
Far-right Sweden Democrats look set to be the big winner at the ballot box today no matter the results.
The party has surged to about 20 percent support or higher in opinion polls and will become harder and harder to ignore by the other mainstream parties.
Although the anti-immigration party is highly unlikely to receive enough votes to form Government today, the hardliners have brought a whole new political agenda to the Nordic country.
Jimmie Akesson is gaining ground for his eurosceptic and migration policies and his party is only expected to grow further in the coming years.
3.00pm update: No sign of foreign interference in the election
Swedish authorities have issued a statement saying so far there are no signs of foreign powers attempting to influence today’s election.
Mikael Tovfesson, unit manager at the Department of Social Protection and Emergency Planning said: “We have not seen any major coherent campaigns trying to influence the election, but I am sure we will find that some foreign powers have done little things here and there.”
2.30pm update: Members of the extremist Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) is photographing voters as they hit the polls
According to Svenska Dagbladet members of the organisation are driving to various polling stations in Värmland municipality taking pictures of ballots papers and voters.
Spokesman for NMR Andreas Falk said: “We’ve driven a car around to keep track of what’s going on.
“We have met people from NMR at three polling stations, but so far nothing has happened.”
Sweden election 2018: Leader of Sweden Democrats, Jimmie Akesson has voted
2.00pm update: The member of the Sweden Democrats who received death threats is pregnant
Emilia Orpana said she was “terrified.”
The politician told Aftonbladet: “He said he would step on my colleague’s head and kill us.
“I was terrified he was going to hit me in the stomach as I’m pregnant.”
Read more about the incident HERE.
1.45pm update: Latest combined polls: Election results still too-close-to-call
If the latest polls are correct, neither the left bloc or the centre-right opposition will win a majority.
The right-wing nationalist party Sweden Democrats more than doubled their seats from 20 in the 2010 election to 49 after the 2014 election – and current polls show the will receive some 68 seats after tonight.
In Sweden, the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 has fractured the normally straight-forward political consensus and could give the Sweden Democrats the power to block a coalition who wants to form Government.
The leftist coalition, consisting of Social Democrats, Green parties and the Left Party, is backed by about 40 percent of voters and is expecting a close race with the Alliance who are currently right behind.
Sweden election 2018: A pregnant member of the Sweden Democrats was attacked earlier today
1.15pm update: Member of Sweden Democrats threatened outside polling station
Three people have been verbally threatened at a polling station in Nynäshamn.
One of them, Emilia Orpana, is the Sweden Democrats chairman in Nynäshamn municipality.
The two others were working at the polling station, the police told.
Spokesperson for the police, Mats Eriksson said: ”I perceived that the person who was threatened had already voted and that the individuals who made the threats wanted to know what party she had been voting for.”
No injuries have been reported but the police have taken statements from the three people who said they were threatened.
The police have left the place, but a notification of unlawful threats has been established.
The suspects are unknown to those who have been threatened.
1.00pm update: Former Prime Minister Göran Persson says Sweden might not have a new Government anytime soon
Mr Persson was the Swedish Prime Minister from 1996-2006.
He said: “If the leftist coalition wins it a new Government will most likely be in place fast. But there is a giant internal conflict in the conservative Alliance bloc.
“Some wishes to collaborate with the Sweden Democrats while others do not.
“If they vote on it more than four times Sweden needs to hold another general election.”
12.30pm update: More than 25 percent of the Swedish voters were undecided in the final week prior to the election
According to Sifo, more than a quarter were still deciding in the final week of campaigning.
The difference between the leftist coalition and the centre-right Alliance are currently 1.4 percent.
The Social Democrats has lost 18 percent in 50 years, while the Sweden Democrats’ support has almost doubled.
Sweden election 2018: Jimmie Åkesson, Stefan Löfven and Ulf Kristersson are fighting for victory
12.00pm update: More than 2.6million people have already voted in the election
The polls will close at 8pm tonight and the result is expected to be clear around 11pm.
Far-right Sweden Democrats, which polls suggest have 20% support, are currently tipped for second place.
11.30am update: For the first time in Swedish history the election is being monitored by foreign election observers
Two people from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe is making sure there is no foreign interference in the election.
The observers have followed the election since a surge in online disinformation was discovered.
This comes after the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) published a report last week saying their analysis of half a million tweets between March-August this year had found 60,000 automated accounts posting about the election.
11.00am update: Hardliners Sweden Democrats in position to block both coalitions
According to the latest polls the Sweden Democrats will receive around 70 out of 349 seats in the Swedish Parliament.
The leftist coalition is currently on track of receiving 144, followed by the Alliance 137 mandates.
This means neither of the coalition reaches the magical number of 175 – which is needed to form a majority Government.
This puts the Sweden Democrats in a position to block out a coalition if one of them choose to collaborate with the right-wingers.
Sweden election 2018: The final result is anyone’s guess only hours before the polls close
10.45am update: Seat projection based on average of pollsters show Sweden Democrats as the second largest party
The Sweden Democrats and the Left Party are set to make strong gains in tonight’s election.
This comes as leftist Social Democrats is expected to lose the most percentage points.
The poll also shows the Green party might not reach the minimum vote limit of four percent.
10.30am update: Sweden Democrats refuse the Swedish state channel of SVT to broadcast their campaign rally
The battle between the anti-EU party and the Swedish broadcaster continues as the channel just got banned from a Sweden Democrats campaign rally in Västerbotten.
The conflict between the Sweden Democrats and SVT began when the TV channel disagreed with party leader Jimmie Åkesson’s statements on immigrants and the labour market during Friday’s debate.
10.15am update: Prime Minister calls Sweden Democrats a ‘bunch of racists’
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told voters the election today is about decency.
He said: “This government is a guarantor for the Swedish Democrats who are an extremist and racist party not to have any influence.”
Sweden election polls: The combined poll show Sweden Democrats as the second largest party
Sweden election 2018: The poll show the latest result from today compared to the result in 2014
10.00am update: Sweden Democrats to double their vote since the last election
Since 2000 the Sweden Democrats has doubled their vote at every election.
Right now the party is on track of becoming Sweden’s second largest party – but uncertainty and high variety in the latest polls show that the results could be anyone’s guess at the moment.
If the surge in support continues for the Sweden Democrats they are on track to become kingmakers in the next election.
9.45am update: Surge in support for eurosceptic Sweden Democrats
Sweden’s mainstream parties are facing a strong challenge from the right-wing Sweden Democrats who have made migration a key issue in this election.
Sweden has taken in the more migrants per capita than any other European country after they in 2015 welcomed 163,000 refugees.
The rise of the Sweden Democrats came as they tried to block the stream of refugees arriving in the Scandinavian country.
SD leader Jimmie Akesson said that his plan to take in fewer migrants would be regarded as “normal politics in the rest of Europe.”
Sweden election 2018: Jimmie Åkesson sits on a bench ahead of a campaign rally in Stockholm
9.30am update: Sweden Democrats to win leftist city Malmö
The Social Democrats have had power in the Swedish city of Malmö for 94 out of 100 years – but a local member of the Sweden Democrats have said that the far-right party will win the city – no matter the cost.
9.15am update: Sweden Democrats will become Sweden’s largest party according to the latest odds
Betting companies Unibet, Nordicbet and Betsson put anti-EU Sweden Democrats as the party to receive most votes in this election.
A spokesperson for Bettson, Robin Olenies said: “80 percent of our players have put money on Sweden Democrats as the largest party.”
9.00am update: Both left and right coalition short of a majority – Sweden Democrats may emerge as Sweden’s largest party
Sweden Democrats support is currently at 19.1 percent, well above the 12.9 percent they won in the previous election in 2014.
Those figures may be hard to ignore after today’s vote as the party may end up receiving support for a fifth of the Swedish population.
Sweden election 2018: Ulf Kristersson was named the winner of the last debate before the election
Saturday, September 8
9.00pm update: The audience pick Ulf Kristersson as the debate’s winner
The leader of the Moderate party received 3.65 point against Prime Minister Løfvens 3.18 points, after Saturday’s debate on TV4 according to Expressen.se
The public asked Kristersson and Löfven questions about climate challenges, health, the Swedish future and integration.
8.30pm update: Löfven: There should be no vulnerable areas in Sweden
A member of the audience asked the prime minister why Sweden does not do more to better integration policies.
Mr Lofven replied: ”We have started a decade-long work to counter segregation.”
He added: “One of Sweden’s promises is that there should be no vulnerable areas in Sweden. The Swedish society does not have the full responsibility but you can do so much to make sure people feel included.”
Sweden election 2018: Prime Minister Stefan Lofven may have to step down as the Sweden’s leader
8.15pm update: State channel boss to step down for the rest of the election coverage after liking SD-critical tweet
SVT boss Eva Landahl will, according to expressen.se, step down for the rest of the broadcasting of the election after she liked an SD-critical tweet.
Yesterday, she made the decision that the state channel should take public distances from statements made by Swedish Democrats and Jimmie Åkesson during yesterday’s debate.
Swedish newspaper Expressen.se has since reviewed Landahl’s Twitter account.
In June 2017, she pressed “like” on a tweet with the text: “LEADERS: Sweden Democrats is an absolutely unnecessary party”.
7.30pm update: Stefan Löfven vs Ulf Kristensson – this evenings topic
Army defense, retirement age, rural security, teacher shortage, Care Liability, environmental issues, local press survival, integration and finally a speech to the Swedish population from both the candidates.
7.15pm update: The final debate has started between Prime Minister candidates Stefan Löfven and Ulf Kristensson
The debate none of the Prime Minister candidates can afford to lose is underway.
The two are meeting in Lindkøbing Concert and Congress Hall, where the next 1.5 hours can be immensely important for the outcome of the Swedish general election.
Sweden election 2018: Swedes have started hitting the polls
6.45pm update: Jimmie Åkesson is being criticised by previous party-leaders: “You’re full of C**P!”
Ulla Hoffmann, the previous leader of the Swedish Left party is one of many previous party leaders who is criticising SD leader Jimmie Åkesson for his statement on yesterday’s televised debate saying “immigrants can’t be proper Swedes”.
She said: “He is full of c**p. The others (party leaders) should have gotten up and left the debate.”
6.30pm update: Sweden Democrats: “Sweden is NOT getting safer”
Sweden Democrats is holding a campaign rally in Stockholm’s town square.
Swedes are crying “Jimmie, Jimmie, Jimmie” as the Sweden Democrat’s leader Jimmie Åkesson enters the stage.
The party leader was heard screaming at the crowd: “Who wants Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to resign?” in which they replied “Yes!”
He continued: “Sweden has never been safer, the others say on SVT (Sweden’s state channel), Sweden is not getting safer” SD leader Jimmie Åkesson said receiving laughter from the Stockholm crowd.
He then urged everyone to go and vote for SD when the polls open tomorrow at 8am.
Sweden election: Sweden Democrats hold a campaign rally before the election
Sweden election: Supporters of Sweden Democrats were seen in Stockholm today
5.35pm update: Sweden Democrats boycott broadcaster
Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson has boycotted SVT, the country’s national public television broadcaster, until after the election.
It comes after the channel disagreed with his statement on immigrants during the party leadership debate on Friday.
5.30pm update: Sweden Democrat vote is “dangerous” and “counterproductive”
Sweden’s Prime Minister started the final day of the election campaign by warning about extremism and fascism.
According to the Omni news website, Stefan Lofven said a vote for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats was “dangerous” and “counterproductive”.
He added it was “like trying to quench fire with alcohol”.
4.55pm update: Only 80,000 voters distinguish between the two coalition blocks
The day before the election, a poll conducted by Inizio for Aftonbladet, says the two coalitions are only divided by 1.3 percentage points.
This corresponds to about 80,000 voters.
However, more than three times as many, 4.3 percent or around 265,000 voters, have still not decided which party to vote for.
According to the poll, it will be up to some 265,000 voters to decide who wins tomorrow.
4.50pm update: A close race between the coalition blocks one day before the election
The latest polls have shown very even numbers between the coalition blocks.
It is also not certain that the coalition receiving most of the votes will get enough mandates to form Government – that will depend on the other parties.
For example, the Social Democrats have said they are interested in collaborating with the Centre party – a member of the Alliance.
4.40pm update: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven prepares for tonight’s debate against Ulf Kristersson.
The debate will take place in Linköping and is broadcasted on TV4 at 8pm.
4.24pm update: Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson will boycott Swedish broadcaster SVT tonight.
After yesterday’s debate, SVT said they would not support a statement made by Jimmie Åkesson’s on integration and work, where the party leader said: “Immigrants don’t belong in Sweden.”
The party leader said in a statement earlier today: “It must be quite unique in Swedish political history that the state channel in the last election debate, a couple of days before the polls closes, distance themselves from a party. I have never experienced anything like that.”
It is not clear whether the party will boycott the state channel during the election day tomorrow.
The TV-channels decision has later been criticised for being undemocratic.