Sweden has had coalition governments since the 1970's,
most often consisting of 40-50% social-democrats (labor)
and 5-10% communists, and I would say that our country
is at heart still a social democracy even though we've had
a right wing (lite) government for the last 8 years.
What many of you may not know is that by Monday,
Sweden may be the first country in the world to have
a Feminist Party in the parliament and/or government!
Feministiskt Initiativ has more ties to the left wing than
to the right wing, but they have a separate and clear agenda,
which includes such things as cheaper daycare, shorter workdays,
better pay for women workers, environmental issues
and better support for victims of domestic violence.
One of Sweden's MEP - and the only one in the entire
European Parliament - is a member of the Feminist Party.
She was voted in earlier this year, which looks promising
for the national elections this weekend.
I did my little bit for feminism today when I went to vote,
and for the first time in my life I feel like I can appreciate
what it is to have this right and responsibility. I actually feel
some excitement and hope about this year's elections and I am
thinking about buying some celebratory bubbly, just in case.
*** UPDATE ***
Well, all the votes are in and unfortunately Feministiskt Initiativ
didn't make it to Parliament this year. However, they did get a foot in
at 13 different districts all over the country, which is a start.
The Social Democrats together with the Environmental Party
and the Communists got the lead, but not by much. The big let down
was that the racist right wing party won 13% of the votes, and could
potentially shoot down the left wing's attempts at forming a government.