Center for Electoral Forensics

Swedish General Election 2014

The Swedish general election was held on September 14, 2014, to elect the Riksdag, all 21 county councils, and 290 municipal assemblies. The centre-right Alliance for Sweden coalition (comprising the Moderate Party, Liberal People's Party, Centre Party, and Christian Democrats) sought a third term in government. In contrast to the…

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[Vilnius, Lithuania]

Lithuania Speaks

The first round of Lithuania's Seimas election is in the history books. We need to wait until October 28 for the second round, but if trends continue, we can draw some rather mundane conclusions. The race, once again, is between left and right. The motif, once again, is austerity measures.…

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[Stirling Castle]

The Saltire Divorce

The campaign for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom got a boost today. Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron signed the agreement finalizing the structure of the Scottish independence referendum to be held in 2014. Scottish independence has been the cornerstone of the Scottish National Party's (SNP) platform since…

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[Central Reykjavík]

The Race is Icing Up

Chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson first settled Iceland in 874. In the following centuries, Iceland changed from a small Norse outpost to an independent and prosperous republic. Iceland's active geology is a metaphor for its active economy. This became less metaphorical with IceSave's collapse and Eyjafjallajökull's eruption. The only political survivor of…

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[Customs house on the Liffey]

A Limping Tiger

Ireland (Éire in Irish Gaelic) is a republican, parliamentary democracy located north west of the island of Great Britain, off the coast of Europe. Known for the historic Potato Famine, Ireland transformed its agrarian economy into a high tech economy in the 1980s, the "Silicon Glen." This led to incredible…

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