Join us in a deep dive of Sweden’s 6000 constituencies to take a closer look at how the Swedish people have voted around the country, and how the local results relate to demographic variables such as income and education level. At the very bottom of this article you will find a “do it yourself” tool for all our fellow nerds. Start scrolling!
Now let’s put all of the constituencies in a big box, where every little square is a constituency. At the moment they are ordered by which party was the largest in the most constituencies in 2014 - the biggest party is at the bottom and the parties which won the fewest are at the top. Let’s look at a reminder of the parties’ colors, the grey being all the other parties than the ones in The Swedish Parliament.
The Left party, The Social Democrats, The Green party, The Centre party, The Liberals, The Moderates, The Christian Democratic party, The Swedish Democrats
Here we see even more clearly that The Social Democrats were the largest party in most of the constituencies, winning about 67% of them in 2014. The Moderates were largest in30% and The Swedish Democrats in 2%.
So what does it look like know, with the result of this year’s election? He who scrolls, knows…
The Social Democrats are still the largest party in the most constituencies, but have lost the top position in some of them. They are now the largest party in 65% of the constituencies.
The Moderates lost even more top positions but are still the largest in 22% .
The Swedish Democrats won new ground and are now the largest party in 11% of the constituencies.
The Swedish Democrats are the second largest in 36% of constituencies, in 2014 the corresponding number was 21%.
The Moderates are second largest in 27% and have thus lost a number of second places since the 2014 election when the corresponding number was 40%.
The Social Democrats have also lost a handful of second place constituencies, while The Left Party have gained. The Left Party is now the second largest in 8% of constituencies, doubling their share since 2014.
We have cross linked the election results in the more than 6000 constituencies with several different statistical parameters, such as education, income, and population data.
The election results are from the election authority and refer to the preliminary result from the election night. At this time, 7 of the 6004 election districts are not yet counted for.
The demographic data for each 2018 constituency comes from the following registers from Statistics Sweden:
The register of the population 2017-12-31
Register-based Labor Market Statistics 2016
Education Register 2018-01-01
Income and tax Register 2016
Publicerad: 11 september 2018