Swedish electors go to the polls on Sunday (16 September) with all the signs pointing to one of the closest results in years.
GTV and SV New Parliament building under construction (4 shots)
GV Modern Art display in square.
SV Donkey-drawn cart PAN TO Social Democrat election hut.
SV and GV Women addressing passers-by in front of hut.
SV "Moderate Samlings Parti" hut
CU Election posters (2 shots)
SV TILT DOWN Poster picturing unemployed workers (2 shots)
SV Folkpartiet hut.
CU and GV Election posters (3 shots)
SV Communist flags PAN TO Election hut.
SV Candidate talking to passers-by out-side store (2 shots)
CU Election posters TILT TO Bank
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Background: Swedish electors go to the polls on Sunday (16 September) with all the signs pointing to one of the closest results in years.
The Social-Democrats, who have held power for forty years, have made a sudden recovery in public opinion polls, after having been written off as out of the race. Latest figures released by the Sifo Public Opinion Research Institute give the Social-Democrats and the Communists, who have supported the Government in parliament since 1970, 48.2% of the vote. The combined opposition parties -- the Centre, Conservative and Liberal parties -- will win, according to the poll, just 0.1% less of the total vote.
A week ago the opposition -- using the issues of high unemployment, high taxes and rising food prices -- were showing a clear three per cent lead, reflecting a steady trend over the past 15 months.
The latest figures have come as a surprise to political commentators in Sweden, who up till now have been speculating as to what changes in policies the new government would introduce. But now Social-Democratic leader Mr. Olaf Palme is fighting back, and the issue could be decided by the small group of "undecided" amongst Sweden's five and a half million voters.