An exit poll has indicated that Sweden's first general election since the Scandinavian country accepted a significant number of asylum-seekers was likely to have the centre-left party governing now as its victor, with an anti-immigrant party with white supremacist roots coming second.
In the immediate aftermath of the result, many reactions therefore focused on whether the result was a breakthrough for the party, or whether it should rank as a disappointment given some polls during the campaign had put the Sweden Democrats as high as 25% of the vote, in first place ahead of the Social Democrats.
The results after 4,800 of 6,004 districts had been counted, showed the the Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Social Democrat and Green party coalition, together with the Left Party, winning 40.6 percent of votes, the election authority data showed.
Sweden's Prime Minister and leader of the Social Democrat party, Stefan Lofven, speaks at an election party at the Fargfabriken art hall in Stockholm.
Just 30,000 votes separated the two blocs.
But with some kind of cooperation between parties in the centre-left and centre-right blocs the only other alternative to the current political deadlock, analysts believe that Akesson may yet end up with some influence on policy.
"We have strengthened our role as kingmaker".
He said the election result marked "the death of bloc politics" in Sweden.
Jimmie Akesson, leader of the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats party, votes in the Swedish general election on September 9, 2018 at a polling station in Stockholm.
An immigration backlash is expected to shape the vote even though the number of migrants arriving in Sweden has been restricted sharply since the height of Europe's mass influx. But the surge crystallized long-running worries about Sweden's ability to integrate immigrant groups, turning what had been a taboo issue into one that dominated airwaves and the political conversation.
However, both of the main parties have previously said that they will not form a coalition with Akesson's faction, meaning that a minority government, grand coalition or prolonged political crisis are all on the table.
A preliminary count from Sweden's general election showed an anti-immigrant party with a neo-Nazi past placing third and the ruling center-left party making its worst showing in decades with more than half of the ballots tallied. "The democratic revolution in Europe is underway!"
"This government we have had now, they have prioritised, during these four years, asylum-seekers", Mr Akesson said, giving an exhaustive list of things he says the government has failed to do for Swedish society because of migrants.
"It's. about decency, about a decent democracy".
According to the government authority Statistics Sweden's latest figures, 18.5 percent of the total population was born overseas.
The head of the four-party Alliance (the conservative Moderates, Centre, Liberals and Christian Democrats), Ulf Kristersson, has also expressed concern over SD's rise.
The Sweden Democrats want to slam the door to new arrivals, pull out of the European Union and significantly increase the rate of deportations.
While the final election results were due late Sunday, the composition of the next government may not be known for weeks.
He said: "There is no side with a majority".
That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Center parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with the far-right. "It's time to take responsibility and talk to the Sweden Democrats", he said.
Mohamed Nuur, a 26-year-old Social Democratic candidate of Somali descent, said he sees Akesson taking Sweden back to the past.