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Publicerad: 5 February 2020

The basis of the electoral system

The Swedish electoral system is based upon general and equal voting rights and the concept that elections should be free, confidential, and direct.

The electoral system is proportional. This means that the numbers of mandates that parties receive, for example in the parliament, by and large are the same as the number of votes that the party has received.

Parties that want to participate in the election register their participation with the election authority.

Elections for parliamentary, municipal and county council delegates

Elections for parliamentary, municipal and county council delegates are held the second Sunday in September, every fourth year

Election to the European Parliament

The election to the European Parliament is held some time during April - June every fifth year.

The election is carried out according to the respective EU- country’s national electoral laws, and in Sweden, election day is always held on a Sunday.

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