Ahead of Sweden’s approaching elections, a new poll shows that the Green Party, Christian Democrats and the Liberals are struggling to reach or stay above the 4% threshold needed to stay in parliament.
The Green Party now has 4.4% support, the Christian Democrats 4.1%, but the Liberals with a mere 3.3% have fallen below the threshold, according to a poll conducted by Swedish Television and released on Thursday.
The last time a party fell out of parliament was in 1994 when the right-wing populist Ny Demokrati party saw its vote share fall to 1.24% .
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrats received 27% support, while the conservative Moderate Party rose to 24% and the Sweden Democrats placed third with 17.9%, according to the new poll.
The fate of smaller parties in Sweden follows a similar European pattern which saw the popularity of bigger parties rise during the coronavirus pandemic. The next parliamentary elections in Sweden take place in September 2022.
The Swedish parliament is made up of 349 political representatives, currently from eight different parties. (Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)