Some Swedish patriots and sympathizers abroad had hoped that the 2018 general elections would mark a breakthrough for more nationally-oriented parties and restrictive immigration policies. This did not happen.
The elections were held on September 9, 2018. The final election results were not ready until September 16, a full week later. For a technologically sophisticated nation, it should be possible to count votes faster than this. This is yet another reminder that Sweden is no longer the efficient and well-functioning country it once was.
The right-wing Sweden Democrats (SD) did gain 13 seats in Parliament compared to the previous election, now holding 62 seats in total. Virtually all opinion polls had predicted that they would grow. Yet SD did not grow as much as some opinion polls had indicated. Many polls had suggested that the Sweden Democrats could surpass the Moderate Party to become the second-largest party. Several opinion polls from 2018 had SD receive about 21-26% support. One opinion poll published a couple of months prior to the election gave them as much as 28.5% support. This would have made them larger than the Social Democrats.
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