Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the Social Democrats Party are in the middle of one of the most catastrophic elections since World War 1.
The party’s left-wing politics has been stronger in Sweden than in almost any other country since Sweden’s parliamentary-democratic breakthrough in 1917, but now the era of the left might be coming to an end.
The Social Democrats, a labour party at its core, is currently on track of losing 6 percent of their votes since the 2014 election.
With 24 percent of the votes in the latest poll Stefan Löfven still has the largest party in Sweden, but in comparison, the party received 31 percent of the votes in 2014 and as much as 45 percent in 1994.
The party has come first in every election since 1917, but its support has nearly halved in the past 25 years and its popularity is in sharp decline.
The left’s biggest competition has up until now been the Moderate Party, the biggest party in the Government’s opposition.
However, the conservative Moderates has also struggled to contain their voters in the running up to this year’s election, with the latest figure placing the Moderate party third with 18.4 percent.
Both parties have lost most of their voters to anti-immigration and eurosceptic right-wing Sweden Democrats.
In the past, the voters have been presented with two alternatives in Swedish politics; left or right.
But with rising prosperity, fewer voters are interested in issues such as labour rights and are instead concerned about immigration policies and globalisation.
Professor in Political Science at Gothenburg University in Sweden, Ulf Bjereld told Express.co.uk that what Sweden is now experiencing is also happening elsewhere in Europe.
He said: “This is not just a Swedish trend, it is happening all over Europe.
Governments in most European countries are struggling to get re-elected because of the rise of right-wing parties
Professor Ulf Bjereld
“To govern in Europe today is getting more and more difficult.
“Governments in most European countries are struggling to get re-elected because of the rise of right-wing parties.
“It’s a whole new agenda introduced and the left are struggling to come up with answer’s to voter’s concerns related to immigration.”
This is a trend that has been seen throughout the summer; in a poll conducted by Demoskop for Expressen.se between August 8 and 15, 23 percent of the voters said the topic of immigration policies is most important to them.
In the poll 1607 people were interviewed, 992 over the phone and 615 in an online survey.
The rise of hardline Sweden Democrats can be related back to immigration issues before the 2010 election.
The party gained popularity for their anti-immigration stance and pushed back against the arrival of 163,000 asylum-seekers to Sweden in 2015.
This year, the debate on immigration can take the party right to the top of the list.
Since 2014, the Sweden Democrats has gained almost twice the amount of voters it had during the last election.
For Sweden, support for right-wing parties has not been common until recent years, but the combined polls now show Sweden Democrats holding a percentage of around 20 percent, an increase of almost 50 percent since the 2014 election when the eurosceptic party only received 12.9 percent of the votes.
However, the far-right Sweden Democrats Party has not been able to have much impact in pushing through its policies.
The parties in Parliament have previously collectively stated they will not be collaborating with Jimmie Åkesson’s right-wing Sweden Democrat’s, despite the party’s support from about one in five Swedes.
However, Express.co.uk recently spoke to Swedish MP and member of the Moderate Party, Hanif Bali who said his party is divided when it comes to collaborating with the Sweden Democrats.
He said: “The members of the Moderate Party are divided.
“The party line is that we are not going to go into government with the Sweden Democrats, but the problem is that our alliance is shrinking.
“What I would like to see happen is a strong government which can build on conservative ideas.
“I’m not a big party strategist, I’m a policy maker. We have a lot of important policies, and for me, the most important thing is that these policies are implemented, more than who presents them.”
Mr Bjereld also said that a collaboration with the Sweden Democrats and a different party cannot be completely excluded.
He told Express.co.uk: “This cannot be completely excluded, but it would spark fury among voters and disunity within the parties.”
Sweden has three alliances: Left Party, Green Party and Social Democrats who form the leftist coalition, the Moderate Party, Centre Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats who form “The Alliance” and the Sweden Democrats who are currently standing alone.
None of the alliances currently holds a majority, but the leftist coalition comes closest, with the Alliance right behind.
With the Sweden Democrats support of about 20 percent of the Swedish population, the party is in a position to block a new Government from both the leftist coalition and The Alliance.
If either the Social Democrats or the Moderate party were to accept a collaboration with the Sweden Democrats the far-right party would change a political system that has been in place for over a century.
This year’s election is said to be one of the most complicated in Sweden’s history with Swedish politic’s undergoing a dramatic change.
Today, Swedes are taking part in an election that might change the political system forever, leaving the era of the Social Democrats as obvious winners behind.