Sweden election: far right projected to make gains as major parties falter – live

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Follow the latest in Sweden’s general election, as exit polls suggest it is a bad result for mainstream parties while smaller parties make gains

If you’re just joining us, take a read of the latest analysis from our European affairs correspondent Jon Henley at the bottom of this post to get up to date.

We had the first of two exit polls about an hour and a half ago, which showed stalemate between the left and right blocs and sizeable gains for the far-right Sweden Democrats.

On a good night for the smaller parties, the ex-communist Left nearly doubled its score to 9.8% and the centre-right Centre and Christian Democrat parties both advanced.

But the outcome, if the polls are proved correct, leaves the centre-right and centre-left blocs that have defined Swedish politics for decades neck-and neck, and well short of a parliamentary majority in the 349-seat Riksdag.

Related: Swedish election: far right on course for sizeable gains in vote

The excitement has boiled over on the Swedish election commission website, which has crashed.

The Swedish election commission website (https://t.co/a6qZJv5Maq) has crashed due to heavy use. Counting not impacted. #SwedenElection

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