2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit of Sweden

Sweden received an overall score of 34.5 percent for electoral fairness. The score means that Sweden’s constitutional and legislative basis for its democracy is bordering on significantly more unfair than fair. Paradoxically, the shortcoming of Sweden’s electoral system is the significant emphasis on political freedom, at the expense of political equality and electoral fairness. Swedish major media and broadcasters have no restrictions on their political content, and there are no laws and regulations on electoral finance. Consequently, media access and exposure and electoral finances are the dominant (unfair) features of the Swedish electoral system, and despite proportional distribution of public electoral subsidies and proportional allocation of parliamentary seats.

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