The Swedish general election is too close to call as two centrist coalitions race to a photo finish, their votes split by a surge in support for a far-right party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement.
With votes in more than 98% of around 6,000 districts already counted, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s ruling centre-left Social Democrats and their allies have taken 40.6%, a hair’s breadth in front of the centre-right alliance’s 40.3%. With just around 100 districts left to count, those numbers could change only marginally.
The unaligned far-right Sweden Democrats have capitalized on growing anti-migrant sentiment after an influx of refugees in 2015 rattled the political landscape in one of the world’s most liberal nations. The party gained 17.6% of the vote, up from 12.9% in the previous 2014 elections, showing the Scandinavian country steering to the right.
An exit poll by state broadcaster SVT had earlier forecast a “dead heat” between the two alliances. The final results will determine whether Europe will hang onto one of its few left-wing governments.
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