The Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, has conceded defeat after the weekend’s election. Mr Reinfeldt, a centre right politician who pursued fiscal austerity and had been a close ally of David Cameron, saw his Moderate Party slip from 30.1 per cent in 2010 to 23.2 per cent this time round.
The left-wing Social Democrats will now seek to form a coalition with an assortment of Greens and smaller leftist parties, in order that its leader, Stefan Löfven, can become the new Prime Minister.
Despite reports of a “swing left”, and a “rejection of austerity”, the Social Democrat vote barely rose – they gained only one new seat and 0.5 per cent extra vote share since 2010.
Instead, the Sweden Democrats, standing on a eurosceptic, anti-immigration platform, railing against liberal, metropolitan elites, saw their vote rise by 7.2 percentage points to become the third largest party – a gain almost identical to the losses suffered by Reinfeldt’s Moderates.
As a result, Sweden will become no more eurosceptic or anti-immigration, but Löfven will likely form a government committed to undoing the economic and fiscal work of Reinfeldt’s alliance.
An anti-immigration party on the right, helping to put the Left into government despite their failure to make electoral headway, at the expense of a centre-right coalition…what lessons might there be for Britain, and UKIP, from Sweden?