Is Sweden’s love affair with social democracy over?
That’s the question Swedish media asked on Monday following the country’s general election.
Some have called it “the end of an era.”
Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt won enough votes to keep his job, while the far-right Sweden Democrat entered parliament for the first time.
The Moderate Party leader becomes the first sitting centre-right Swedish premier to win re-election, although he was denied an overall majoirty.
The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats picked up a total of twenty seats, shocking a country that prides itself on tolerance.
It means tough negotiations lie ahead.
Reinfeldt, who campaigned on pledges of tax cuts and welfare reform, said Sunday he would first approach the Green Party for support after ruling out cooperation with the far-right.
Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Aakesson says he will to talk to any of the major political parties.
Aakesson once said Islam was Sweden’s biggest foreign threat since the Second World World.
The left-wing Social Democrats, led by Mona Sahlin, picked up its worst result since nineteen fourteen.
The party, which has ruled Sweden for 65 of the past 78 years, was the architect of the Scandinavian country’s cradle-to-grave welfare state.