Receiving my voting card for the EU election prompted med to find out some more about what is going on, so now I feel like I know a little bit more.
I know that this time around Sweden get 21 seats rather than the 20 we had before. Nine large (the classic Swedish ones that are around every election) parties have signed up 331 candidates to fight it out as well as an additional 76 small parties (that no one ever heard of).
A party needs to get a minimum of 4% of the Swedish votes to get access to their seat, and all the parties are a part of a grouping within the EU Parliament.
I think to make sense out of what happens when I vote for a party; it’s more relevant to see what the grouping they belong to wants rather than what election lines they are feeding me here in Sweden.
Below is a list of the 9 larger parties, my translation within brackets and the EU Parliament grouping in bold.
- Vänstern (The left) GUE/NGL
- Feministiskt Intiativ (the feminists) S&D
- Socialdemokraterna (social democrats) S&D
- Miljöpartiet (The environmentalist party) Gröna/EFA
- Centern (The center) Alde
- Liberalerna (The liberals) Alde
- Moderaterna (More right than the liberals, not as right as the Swedish democrats) EPP
- Kristdemokratern (The Christians) EPP
- Sverige Demokraterna (The Swedish democrats that might have to check the word democracy in the dictionary) ECR
Next step: figure out what each grouping mean. If I have the patience (and if I can figure it out) I’ll share my findings with you guys…