The red-green parties in Sweden now have their own majority of 50.1%. The alliance only gets 43% and the Sweden Democrats, with their 5.2%, have lost their role as holding the balance between the two blocs. This according to new statistics from Sifo (a Swedish company which works in social research and opinions).

Since Stefan Löfven became the leader of the Social Democrats on January 27, the party has grown by 9.1%.


“I have never seen these kinds of major changes two months in a row,” says Toivo Sjögren, director of Sifo’s opinion research. “But we have to take for granted it won’t continue like this.” The biggest losers are the Moderates—they have lost 4.2% and are now, with 28.7%, the smaller party compared to the Social Democrats with 33.7%. And the Social Democrats’ success has not happened at the expense of The Green Party or the Left Party, instead there are direct changeovers from the Moderate Party. Political scientist Jonas Hinnfors thinks the explanation is that Stefan Löfven has pushed his party more toward the middle. “(Löfven) is a friend of nuclear power and as soon as he was elected, the Social Democrats came in agreement with the government in regards to the European Pact,” he says.