Sat Sep 8th, 2018 at 09:58:27 PM EST
Sweden goes to the polls today. With low unemployment, sinking murder rates and improving school results, if you believe statistics. However, a large portion of population, media and foreign media treats statistics as a foul conspiracy and is intending to make it about how immigration ruined Sweden.
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Now, as you may or may not know, Sweden has been an immigration country since after world war two. Segregation, and slightly higher crime rates among immigrants didn't appear until after 1990, when Sweden abolished full employment policies. Besides, immigration has shrunk dramatically since the iron borders went down across the continent. This hasn't stopped the Soc-Dems (useless) and the Moderates (conservative) from keep moving to the right, and in turn their poll numbers has slipped to around 25 and 17. Now, the Sweden Democrats (founded by actual world war two Nazis in the 80ies, but heaven forbid anyone labels them fascist) has actually also slipped in the polls, from over twenty percent, to around 17 (unless you believe glorified web panels).
Despite a record warm summer, and climate change tying with immigration as the second most important thing to the voters, the Environmental party (green) is threading water at 5-6%. Instead the left party (post-communist) seems to have cashed in on their opposition role and is around 10.
The most important thing to the voters, is actually health care. The Christian Democrats looks like they will remain in parliament at around 5-6, thanks to a misguided belief that they are good at health care.
Also in the running are the Liberal party, running on what a hundred years ago was called conservative school system, polling around 5-6, and the Centre party (farmers plus big city neoliberals), that has cashed in on being anti-anti-immigration, and polling around 9%.
Unless the polls are useless, forming a government will be tricky. Ah well, we will know the results in less than 24 hours, so government formation speculation can be post-poned until then.