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Next Swedish government hang in the balance as general election voting underway

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Next Swedish government hang in the balance as general election voting underway

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Sweden has gone to the polls to decide the country’s next government.

The centre left Social Democrats are tipped to win, but opinion polls suggest its leader Stefan Lofven may be forced to form a coalition.

That puts Sweden’s serving Prime Minister Frederick Reinfeldt and his center right government, potentially on the way out, despite a relatively sound economic performance since coming to power eight years ago.

Reinfeldt’s coalition oversaw a period of GDP growth, as well as cuts to taxes and welfare benefits.

The anti-immigration ticket comes in the shape of the Sweden Democrats party, who are expected to get a relatively strong showing. The country estimates around 80,000 asylum seekers will cross its borders in 2014, the highest level since 1992