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The elections in Sweden

- AND NORWEGIAN LESSONS OF IT

In a changing time where it seems to have become a popular demand in Norway to change government every four years, it is apparently easy to understand the Swedish people's desire for change after twelve years. However, the tradition that elections in Sweden only mean re-election of sitting Social Democrats is deeply rooted: Father Tage Erlander achieved his best election result after 22 years as Prime Minister, and later voters immediately returned to the rule of Social Democratic one-party governments after making exceptions for bourgeois coalitions in 1976. -81 and 1991-94. Deducting the persistent political repercussions of the tsunami disaster, the Social Democrats have well defended their position as the secure national administrators, in a country where all post-war bourgeois coalition governments have had more than enough to administer themselves. The Social Democrats' hegemony in Sweden has built up Western Europe's largest public sector and preserved a significant industrial working class, which makes larger proportions of the working population responsive to the left's message than is the case in Norway, for example. In continuation of this, a continued party-loyal trade union movement has maintained a strong position, and maintained a superior election campaign machine. And the Swedish economy has been helped by favorable economic conditions. . .

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