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The Environment Gains Importance in the 2018 Swedish Election
The 2018 Swedish general election will take place on September 9th, but we can already say that one of the winners is the Environment. I will provide some articles that give context in case you want to know more about what is going on in this Scandinavian country.
The environment is at the top of the political agenda in Sweden
Let me start with the Environmental topic. Stockholm has experienced Mediterranean heat since May (with temperatures above 30 degrees) and this heatwave has sparked growing climate
concerns among voters. The hottest summer on record has brought an historic drought and fires all
over the country that required international assistance from France, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Italy. It has been a very difficult summer.
The hit on the farmers, the forests industry and the Swedish economy in general is difficult to estimate but significant. As a consequence, environment is currently at the top of the political agenda. Immigration is still the most important topic for voters, but climate is now second ahead of health care, according to a poll from Demoskop included in Hottest Summer Bumps Up Climate Fight in Swedish Election.
In a nutshell, there is a lot going on in Sweden. We need to wait some days to know the outcome of the Election; nevertheless, it is clear that the environment is at the center of the political debate and it is good to see different parties making proposals to meet the zero
emissions target defined last year - Sweden pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.