Sunday, September 07, 2014
Sweden: Vänsterpartiet Makes A Difference - Vote September 14
The Left Party (Swedish: Vänsterpartiet, V) is a socialist and feminist political party in Sweden, founded in 1917 following a split from the Swedish Social Democratic Party. The party has had many names throughout its history. In 1917 the party's name was Swedish Social Democratic Left Party (Swedish: Sveriges socialdemokratiska vänsterparti, SSV). It became the Communist Party of Sweden in 1921, the Left Party-Communists in 1967, and adopted its current name in 1990. On welfare issues, the party opposes privatizations. Moreover, the party opposes Swedish membership of the Euro currency and advocates increased public expenditure. From 1998 to 2006, the Left Party was in an arrangement with the ruling Social Democrats and the Greens. Until then it also supported the Social Democratic minority government in the Swedish parliament, as well as in many of Sweden's counties and municipalities. The Left Party is a member of the Nordic Green Left Alliance and its single MEP sits in the European United Left–Nordic Green Left parliamentary group.