A brief look at Swedish Political Parties.
The Swedish Social Democratic Party is the oldest and largest political party in Sweden. They were formed in 1889 but suffered a major split in 1917, when the extreme left split and formed the Swedish Communist Party. They are probably the most successful political party in Europe having been in power for most of the 20th Century. They suffered their worst ever defeat in 2006 and lost to a coalition of centre-right and centre parties. They are closely allied with the Swedish Trade Union movement, are a member of Socialist International and their core support comes from blue collar workers and the public sector.
Their logo is a red rose and they are currently led by Mona Sahlin.
Ms Sahlin has had her fair share of scandals, it was alleged she didnt pay her nannies employment tax, and apparently she was prohibited from using her car because of so many unpaid parking tickets! I think he worst transgression is owing up to being an AIK supporter, truly shocking!
I guess in days gone by they would have been closely linked with the British Labour Party though I suspect more Kinnocks Labour than Blair and Browns.
If I could vote then they wouldnt get my support. I am open minded but I have never voted Socialist in my life and I dont agree with the power that the Trade Union holds in Sweden. They also strike me as the Party of taxation which is fine in moderation but in Sweden a taxation Party must be a real nightmare.
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