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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
European election : Sweden

European election result: Sweden (Full)
SEATS: 19
ELECTORATE: 6939860
RESULTS
  MEPs  
  PARTY +/- TOTAL  
  Socialdemokratiska arbetarepartiet 0
5
 
  Moderata samlingspartiet 0
4
 
  Junilistan 3
3
 
  Folkpartiet Liberalerna 0
2
 
  Võnsterpartiet -1
2
 
  Centerpartiet 0
1
 
  Miljöpartiet de Gröna -1
1
 
  Kristdemokraterna -1
1
 
  Others (Sweden) 0
0
 


DESCRIPTION: Sweden

Swedes gave surprisingly high levels of support to a brand new party, the June List, which is highly Eurosceptic. It came in third place, taking just over 14% of the vote - far more than the 5% polls had forecast. The governing Social Democrats lost a seat but still won the largest share of the vote, while the main opposition Moderate Party came in second. The June List's strong showing could result from low voter turnout - just 37% - but it could also reflect deep-seated Swedish ambivalence about the European Union. A 1994 referendum on membership delivered a narrow vote in favour, but in 2003 Swedes decisively declined to join the euro despite the government's campaign for a "Yes" vote. Sweden will have 19 seats in the new parliament, down from 22. Turnout in 1999 was 38.8%.


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