Statistics Sweden has carried out electoral participation surveys for all general elections since the 1909 franchise reform. Similar participation surveys have been carried out for the 1980, 1994 and 2003 referenda and for elections to the European Parliament since 1995.
The information about electoral participation is collected via the county administrative boards. Statistics Sweden sends lists of persons included in the sample to the boards, which then use the checked electoral registers to note whether or not each person in the sample has participated in the election.
For elections to the European Parliament, Statistics Sweden also presents the main results and statistics on nominated and elected candidates. In addition, Statistics Sweden carries out an election study in cooperation with the Department of Political Science at University of Gothenburg. For more information regarding these studies, please see the following links:
European Parliament election 2009, election participation survey
Election participation increased in the Swedish election for the European Parliament in 2009. The increase occurred in nearly all groups of society, but the increase was greatest in those groups where election participation had already been comparatively high. Young people are an exception, and among them, young men in particular. In this group the proportion of voters increased significantly.
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