The Swedish election system

The Swedish election system is based on universal and equal voting rights. Elections are to be free, confidential and direct.

In Sweden, elections are always held on Sundays. If you are unable to vote at your polling station on election day, you may vote in advance in various advance voting locations stations around the country up to 18 days before election day.

Elections for the European Parliament are held every five years. Citizens of the European Union (EU) voted on 22–25 May 2014 for the candidates that would represent them in the European Parliament. In Sweden, the election was held on Sunday, 25 May 2014.

Parliamentary, municipal and county council assembly elections are held the second Sunday in September (starting in 2011) every four years. This year, election day is on Sunday, 9 September. You may vote in advance from 22 August until election day.

Every municipality has an election committee. The committee bears local responsibility for the implementation of all referendums and general elections for the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament), municipal and county council assemblies, and the European Parliament. In addition to the election committee, the County Administrative Board and the national Election Authority have important duties in terms of the implementation of elections.

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