How do I vote and how does the election work?

If you are eligible to vote, you should receive a voting card in the post from the Election Authority by May 19th.

The card includes information about your local polling station, including the address and hours of operation. You can only vote at the polling station indicated on the voting card.

On election day, you need to take the card and an acceptable form of identification (driving licence, passport, or official identity card) to the polling station in order to vote.

It’s also possible to vote early anytime after May 20th at any of a number of early voting locations throughout the country marked with an advance voting symbol. Visit the Election Authority website ( to find a list of early voting locations.

Sweden is not divided into constituencies for the purposes of the European Parliamentary election. On the ballot paper, all the parties list all their candidates. You can either vote for a party, in which case the party will allocate your vote to a preferred candidate. Or you can specify a candidate. The candidates are listed in order of the party’s preference.

Sweden runs a system of proportional representation. A party requires at least 4 percent of the vote to win a seat.

Next: Who on earth do I vote for on June 7th?

Step by Step guide:

1. The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less

2. European Parliamentary Elections

3. Who can vote in Sweden?

4. How do I vote and how does the election work?

5. Who on earth do I vote for on June 7th?

6. But what do the parties in Sweden actually want to do?

6 a.   Riksdag Parties (from left to right)

6 b.   Other parties to watch (in no particular order)

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