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Sweden votes in parliamentary elections

Sweden votes in parliamentary elections
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Swedes are voting to elect a new parliament.

Polls show voters are likely to shift back to the left after eight years of a centre-right government led by Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Many are worried that the policies of tax cuts, trimming welfare benefits and privatising state companies have undermined Sweden’s famed welfare model.

During this time, the gap between rich and poor has grown faster in Sweden than in most developed countries, figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show.

Unemployment is high at eight, percent hitting immigrants and young people especially.

The country has seen a rise in popularity for the far-right anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party.

They are on track to win 10 percent of the votes, double their result in 2010.

Neither mainstream party is likely to win a majority but both say they will refuse to team up with the Sweden Democrats.