Sweden is coming to terms with a new political landscape today, after the ruling centre-right coalition were ushered out of government in elections last weekend. The most likely next government will be a minority coalition between the Social Democrats and the Greens, who have said they are ready to begin negotiations.
Unfortunately, the Greens did not do as well as earlier polls predicted. They received 6.8% of the vote meaning they are now the fourth party in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats, Sweden’s anti-immigration right-wing populist party, have shocked many commentators by coming third, with 12.9% of the vote.
On their website, the Swedish Greens stated, "we look forward this week to beginning negotiating to be part of the Swedish government for the first time. We will now talk with the Social Democrats, who we see as a natural partner. We went to the polls with optimistic policies, on tackling climate change, giving all children a fair chance in school and creating new jobs and equality. Nearly 90% of voters did not vote for the Sweden Democrats. Now all anti-racist parties must take the responsibility that racism will not have influence in parliament. The Green Party will guarantee it."
Swedes also voted in local and regional elections at the same time; it is very likely that the Greens will take part in the local governments in the four major cities in Sweden: they will return to government in Gothenburg and Malmö, and enter government in Stockholm and Uppsala. It is clear that these election resutls leave the Greens in a strong position to face the challenges ahead.