Three Kingdoms of Northern Europe
Trend to the Center in Scandinavian Politics
The dominance in Scandinavian countries of political parties committed to democratic socialism—a dominance already shattered in Norway and Denmark—is seriously threatened in Sweden. Sweden has had Social Democratic governments for an unbroken period of 35 years, but losses of party strength in provincial and municipal elections during the past two years have raised the hopes of opposition parties for victory in this year's election of a new Riksdag (parliament). Sweden's voters go to the polls on Sept. 15.
Decline of the fortunes of democratic socialism in Scandinavia's constitutional monarchies began in 1965 when Norway's Labor Party, which had been in power for more than 30 years, was turned out of office by the voters and ...