Should Sweden’s Social Democrats worry about their dwindling support?

Prime minister and party leader of the Social democrat party Stefan Lofven addresses supporters at an election night party following general election results in Stockholm on September 9, 2018. (Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images)
Support for the Social Democrats has dropped in 250 out of Sweden’s 290 municipalities, preliminary election results show. Is Social Democracy in decline in Sweden?

Previous Social Democratic strongholds like the northern region of Norrland are turning away from the party, municipal election results suggest, and in the national election the party gained just over 28 percent – a relatively low figure, considering the Social Democrat Party was once the dominant force in Swedish politics.

Widar Andersson is an op-ed writer and editor-in-chief of Folkbladet – a newspaper with a Social Democratic editorial line. He was also a Social Democrat MP about 20 years ago.

In this interview with Radio Sweden, Andersson shares his analysis of the state of Social Democracy in Sweden, the role populism played in the election campaigns, and whether or not the left-right divide is obsolete.

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Nathalie Rothschild, Radio Sweden

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