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Not to nitpick, but do only 400.000 swedes vote in elections nowadays? Or did you mean 80.000 members instead of 8000 for the Pirate party?
by Trond Ove on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 06:08:27 AM EST
Maybe 400,000 is the total political party membership in Sweden? That's the way I read the statement about 8,000 members translating into 4% votes.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 06:09:34 AM EST
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True... I found out that the party membership in Sweden is at about 7 percent of the total adult population. Or at least it was 5 years ago. So the numbers somewhat match, I guess. I am not so sure if that means they will actually manage 4 percent of the vote nation wide, but if the Swedish parliamentary system is as close to the Norwegian as I think it is, they should at least have a big chance of picking up seats in the bigger cities and counties.

(source (in swedish): http://www.scb.se/statistik/LE/LE0101/1990I99/LE100SA0301_08.pdf)

by Trond Ove on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 07:08:41 AM EST
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Statistically most Swedish parties get 0.5% of the national vote per 1000 party members.
by Number 6 on Thu Jun 1st, 2006 at 07:50:05 AM EST
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