... Opinion polls have put the centre-right alliance, headed by the conservative Moderate party, consistently neck-and-neck with Prime Minister Goran Persson's Social Democrats. The latest poll, published before voting began, put the challengers a few points ahead.Fredrik Reinfeldt, urged supporters to turn out and vote: "Don't believe the opinion polls. Persuade neighbours and friends to go vote."I pray the conservatives win.
... The opposition says changes to Sweden's rigid labour market and high cost welfare system are long overdue, and promises to cut both employer taxes and unemployment benefits. It also wants to cut the large social sector, which currently employs 30% of the Swedish job force.
Mr Reinfeldt, the Moderate leader, has accused the government of disregarding the high unemployment rate, and for not making sure the country can continue to compete in a global market. The government maintains the unemployment rate is a low 6%, while the opposition says it is around 10%, taking into account the many people on sick leave and in job training schemes.
UPDATE/VIA PJM: YAY: GOOD GUYS WIN ONE!
UPDATE #2: IT'S OFFICIAL.