After an 8 year run the Conservatives were defeated in the Swedish national election. A new Labor government will form in the next few days, however, they face an uphill battle against the national party, now the third biggest party, that will play a major role in deciding the future of Sweden.
In his first speech after the election result, the incoming prime minister, Stefan Löfven, a former welder who built his career in the country's union movement, insisted the new government would be functional. "I am ready to form a workable government for Sweden," he said. "The Swedish people have turned their backs against tax cuts and privatisations. The Swedish people demanded change."