The people of Sweden are voting in elections that could see the far-right enter parliament for the first time.
The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats could even hold the balance of power if neither the government nor opposition coalition gets a majority.
The ruling centre-right should win narrowly according to opinion polls. Sweden’s rapid recovery from the global financial crisis has boosted Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s government.
Voters must choose between his model of a leaner welfare state with more income tax cuts and an opposition platform that wants the rich to pay more to find schools, hospitals and care for the elderly.
Both the centre-left bloc and Reinfeld have ruled out cooperating with the Sweden Democrats who polls suggest will make the breakthrough into parliament.