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Swedes Head to Polls in Nail-Biter Election Centering on Crime

  • Government and opposition are tied in polls ahead of the vote
  • Results are expected to trickle in during Sunday evening
Magdalena Andersson debates with other leaders, on Sept. 8.
Magdalena Andersson debates with other leaders, on Sept. 8.Photographer: Christine Olsson/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden is heading for a tight general election on Sunday, with polls showing Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson neck-and-neck with the opposition that’s looking to unseat her Social Democrats.

The vote comes after a campaign dominated by skyrocketing electricity prices and soaring gun violence that are shaking Swedish society to the core. The country, long a bastion of social democracy, has seen its political landscape upended by the nationalist Sweden Democrats over the past years.