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Neo-Nazi takes seat in local Swedish council
Party of Swedes leader Daniel Höglund takes seat at Grästorp municipal council

Neo-Nazi takes seat in local Swedish council

Published: 05 Nov 2010 09:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Nov 2010 09:08 GMT+01:00

A newly elected municipal council representative from a neo-Nazi nationalist party started his first day as an elected official in western Sweden with a lesson on the ABCs of democracy.

Before the lesson, Daniel Höglund, who is also the leader of the Party of Swedes (Svenskarnas parti, SVP), appeared pleased to take part in the class.

"Good," he said before the lesson on Thursday.

"This is totally new for me."

In the 2010 general elections, the SVP won 102 votes, or 2.8 percent, in the Grästorp municipal elections in western Sweden's Västra Götaland county, giving the party its sole seat in any elected office in Sweden.

The Party of Swedes is typically described as a neo-Nazi party and views "the current chaos" as a result of democracy. It wants to replace democracy with another governmental system.

In the meantime, Höglund intends to follow all political rules that apply to an elected city council member.

"We have ambitions in the long run," said Höglund.

The party is formerly known as the People's Front (Folkfronten) and was founded by members of the former National Socialist Front (Nationalsocialistisk front, NSF), of which Höglund was also one of the two leaders, in November 2008.

At the time it dissolved, NSF was the largest neo-Nazi political party in Sweden. It became a political party on April 20th 1999, the 110th birthday of Adolf Hitler.

The Party of Swedes' win is its first-ever in party history. The last time an extreme-right white nationalist party held elected office in Sweden was nearly 70 years ago during the Second World War.

In addition to the Party of Swedes, the Sweden Democrats also won a seat in the last election, but its seat remained empty at Thursday's meeting after the party's representative resigned.

An extremely discreet level of security was discernable outside the concert hall where the meeting was held, but no protesters were present. The meeting covered only the election. The budget and other decisions will be tabled on November 25th.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:31 November 5, 2010 by bolababu
wow! ..way to go Sweden!
09:31 November 5, 2010 by Sergiy
That's the democracy, that's the freedom of speach and expression. A party that dreams about changing the governmental system from democracy to something else comes to power and no repression or anyhing like this. An no uprising also. But it would be if the government impede getting this sole seat. How wise and and how fair!
09:47 November 5, 2010 by RobinHood
@Sergiy "But it would be if the government impede getting this sole seat. How wise and and how fair!"

It would be undemocratic, unlawful, outrageous, unwise and unfair for any government to interfere with the result of a democratic election. Ask the citizens of Myanmar.
09:58 November 5, 2010 by Nuname
I bet he wasn't expecting to have to sit through 4 years worth of council meetings when he decided to become a nazi. That'll teach him.
10:59 November 5, 2010 by truthworthy
We also have another 20 nazis in the Riksdag with another name.
11:37 November 5, 2010 by izbz
Hope Swedish government won't be like Danish. This time we really need God to bless Sweden.
11:47 November 5, 2010 by foxpur
I am not a fan of the neo-nazi mentality, BUT I will stand their right to run and win if the people put them them there, I hate to say it this way but "you reap what you sew" - which means you get what ever you put in there as a people, if you screw things up you have your own decesions to blame.
11:58 November 5, 2010 by Rishonim
@truthworthy. 100% en acuerdo con vos ;-)..
12:29 November 5, 2010 by calebian22
truthworthy,

100% disagree with you.
12:30 November 5, 2010 by miss79
@foxpur..like ur comment
12:45 November 5, 2010 by Tutu
foxpurr you are fan of Neonazi
12:46 November 5, 2010 by Roy E
People need to start realizing that such results are a reaction to policies and programs that alienate and feed the perception of injustice. Political correctness only fuels the growth of this predictable backlash. Vilification is not the answer. It is actually counterproductive. Expect more of this as frustrations grow.
12:46 November 5, 2010 by janswed
izbz no GOD blessing required ever!!!
13:17 November 5, 2010 by EuropeanIsraeli
Swedes must be ashamed !

Swedes always support and stand by the palestinians terrorists. Now they just made it officially.
13:38 November 5, 2010 by tadchem
Democratic republics such as Sweden and the US were created to guarantee the liberties and freedoms of the individual. It is a notoriously inefficient form of government, but perhaps that is for the better. A government that cannot deal with dissenting opinions quickly become repressive. There are plenty of those elsewhere. National Socialism was created as a transition from a Republican form of government to an authoritarian dictatorship. Those who think the neo-Nazis should be repressed are authoritarians already. Sun Tzu said "Know your enemy." That requires keeping them where you can watch and study them. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
13:38 November 5, 2010 by syste
"Party of Swedes' win is its first-ever in party history. The last time an extreme-right white nationalist party held elected office in Sweden was nearly 70 years ago during the Second World War."

Lies. The longest serving prime minister ever in Sweden was a "nazi" up until 1969. And his party is still in office.

He was a Social democract.. Now stop spreading your lies.

Let us hope this party will go forward and become a riksdagsparty in the coming years.
13:56 November 5, 2010 by bear79
am so glad i am leaving this godforsaken neo nazi interbred land,swedes"NAZIS" CONFIRMED.RASCIST.CONFIRMED.HIDING NAZI GOLD ww2 .CONFIRMED.

what a lovely country.

sad.gald to leave.good luck.you gonna need it.
14:06 November 5, 2010 by syste
What is the matter, Bear79? That is something to be proud of.
14:08 November 5, 2010 by ehwhat?
The first time around the Nazis entered government as a minority party through elections. They then hijacked the government, killed the opposition and started a major war. Let's see how they do this time.
14:22 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
@tadchem: I've also heard it expressed this way...it is better to have your enemies inside the tent p1ssing out than outside the tent p1ssing in.
14:57 November 5, 2010 by maxbrando
I am surprised at this article and resulting commentary. Miss Tolerance puts on a bit of lipstick. Will you still feel the same way if the popularity of this party really grows? I doubt it, because, for now, it's a cute joke.
14:57 November 5, 2010 by ppaf
@tadchem

I tend to agree with you, except when you write "inefficient forms of government"... compared to what? What is the measurement of efficiency in the case of governments? And if Sweden and US are not efficient forms of government, all things considered, then what is?

Also I agree with you about keeping your enemies closer, although within some accepted universal human rights laws. I am not sure whether a party supporting the re-institution of slavery based on race should be allowed in the parliament for instance. Acknowledging an equal basis for all humans regardless of "race", gender and belief system should perhaps be a must for any party elected in Sweden.
15:24 November 5, 2010 by Tanskalainen
There is a hell of a big difference between wanting to reform immigration and wanting to kill every Jewish man, woman and child right down to the tiniest baby. I don't believe the SD want to exterminate Jews.
15:40 November 5, 2010 by EuropeanIsraeli
Tanskalainen, I'm not surprised that Swedes are Nazis. We Jews have suffered a lot pretty much from everyone. We are always have been victims of palestinians and arabs terrorists as well as we have been victims in Germany
15:42 November 5, 2010 by Ekorrmaskin
It'd be good to hear the ideas of these sort of people. Just so people know what they are agreeing or disagreeing with.

And if people have common sense (which I hope Swedes have), you'll be able to vote against it.
15:43 November 5, 2010 by EuropeanIsraeli
You Swedes enjoy making fun and jokes about the suffering of jews in the holocaust
15:51 November 5, 2010 by karex
@Roy E

Very astute and concise analysis. I have seen this happen in other countries - many, many times before: the powers that be screw up so badly for so long that in frustration people will lash back by supporting the exact opposite "just because" but only succeed in shooting themselves on the foot for their childish actions. Too late they realize they made a stupid mistake. It is however the whole basis of democracy, which also includes: Every idiot has the God-given right to be an idiot...
15:53 November 5, 2010 by foxpur
@Tutu "foxpurr you are fan of Neonazi " (You spelled my name wrong by the way)

Not at all, I think I'm against everything the neonazi stand for, what they are capable of is horried, BUT because I am against them is the same reason I defend their right get voted for (which was mildly successful), Democratic process gives them the right to fight against the same system. Do I like that there are enough people to vote for them: No. Do I like what they are saying: No. Should they have a say in government: Personally I don't think so, BUT others do so our own system says we will hear it.

You gotta take the good with the distasteful when you have enought people to put them in that place of power. You don't want them? Go out and vote for someone else, that's rules.
15:54 November 5, 2010 by Glorius
And yes ofcourse because around 100 persons voted for a nazist party in a minor swedish town, everyone in sweden have turned nazi...

Grow some brain EuropeanIsraeli and stop insulting your ancestors suffering.
15:56 November 5, 2010 by foxpur
There is a line from Tom Leher that come to mind and and is appropriate:

"Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends on what you put in."
16:19 November 5, 2010 by rumcajs
oohhhh, c'on!! don't be silly. I live in a country that was ocupied by both nazis and communist and both things are ilegal now. Yes, there is a Communist party, but they don't wanna ( or don't say it ) replace democracy with "something else".

Let someone put democracy in danger in the name of the democracy is just stupid. I don't like fighting (and haven't done it since I was a teen), ... till someone attacks me.

Sometimes I feel glad that I come from a country that has passed for so much crap, cos at least it makes me a bit less stupid. In most of countries involved in WWII nazis are at the same level as Al Qaeda. Get serious!!!
16:22 November 5, 2010 by RobinHood
@EuropeanIsraeli

Please stop trying to divert the debate towards your single agenda. As you can see, most posters are quite rightly ignoring you.
16:40 November 5, 2010 by B-dogg.
@thworthy

"We also have another 20 nazis in the Riksdag with another name".

Outside of Europe people are called Nazi and racist if they oppose the rights of indigenous people to express concern over the systematic destruction of their culture. Here in Europe the table turns and the Nazi and the racist becomes the indigenous person expressing concern over the systematic destruction of this culture - like the SD. Such are the double standards of out time I guess.
17:53 November 5, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Probably every group has some negative trait which they don't often see themselves. A Pole will call you a liar when you are obviously telling the truth, a Spaniard will stick a knife in ribs for flirting with his sister, the Irish drink too much and whine too much, Jews are stuck up when they have absolutely nothing to be stuck up about, etc. but no one deserves to be exterminated off of the face of the earth. Anyone who talks extermination is worse than crazy.
17:56 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
In the mid 20's and early 30's, the same flawed logic you people are using was also used. This notion of "Destruction of Culture."

It was the economic downturn in the beginning of the century which gave rise to these extreme right wing parties. Exactly as it is happening today with the latest economic downturn.

As soon as the world economy recovers, these parties will be done away with, so stop fooling yourselves into believing you're onto something new.

Furthermore, Neo-nazi's and SD, do not deserve to be treated as equals, they are scum.

I don't care if SD got 300,000 votes, just take a look at the latest results in the Brazilian elections where a clown (yes a real circus clown) received 1 million votes.
18:29 November 5, 2010 by JaneSpotting
This is what happens when a society is not able to discuss immigration and the problems with multi-culturalism openly.

In Canada, we have the same issue. No one can say anything or discuss the failure of multiculturalism without being branded a right wing idiot. What follows is the right wing groups champion the issue and they get support for it when otherwise they probably wouldnt.

From what I am reading, Sweden is in a rough situation. Good luck.
19:31 November 5, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Well ok then, I´m thinking when will these figures appear in Kalle Anka?

"The local town meeting of duckburg will be attended by the good mayor, Scrooge Mc Duck, The honorary guest Mickey Mouse, and of course the local nazi of Duckburg will be appearing."

"We have Daisy Duck reporting, Goofy on the sound, provided to you by the taxpayers of Duckburg."

"Enjoy."

"In next episode the local nazi shall appear in final episode of the famous 3-part series: Mickey Mouse - Hunt for nazi gold."
19:47 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
@JaneSpotting

Are you an Inuit?

Otherwise, shut your trap. Not that I support white supremacy in Sweden, however Canada is not Sweden.

If you catch my drift.
19:56 November 5, 2010 by snowwolf
Why this is news?
20:11 November 5, 2010 by Mike #1986
we a need a SNIPER MAN to clean up Sweden from all these Nazis !
20:15 November 5, 2010 by saab
@cowboykodp... .we catch your drift. I guess you are one of those multiculturalist elitists? Or a diversity maven? Or someone who believes in One World where nationalities are all jelled and we all hold hands, reaching across open borders and look, act, talk and vote alike. Hmm. Wait a second. That does not sound very diverse, does it?

I'm an Inuit and I'm OK.

I sleep all night and I work all day

I cut down trees. I eat my lunch.

I go to the lavatory.

On Wednesdays I go shoppin'

And have buttered scones for tea.
20:23 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
@Saab

No buddy, I'm the guy who stands behind anyone who gets picked on. I am the guy who bashes in your face after you finish picking on the weak.

I don't differentiate between white, black, Jew, Muslim, etc..

But I do favor human beings over jackasses.

Deep poem. May I suggest Rumi instead!!
21:24 November 5, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
"The Party of Swedes is typically described as a neo-Nazi party and its sees "the current chaos" as a result of democracy. It wants to replace democracy with another governmental system."

Anyone who thinks this is a nice idea should read Nora Waln's book, "Reaching for the Stars", about her living in Hitler's Nazi paradise before WWII. Torture, murder, everyone terrified of the Secret Police...and that's Aryan on Aryan. Not nice.
22:00 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Cowboy, you sound like the guy from the movie, "KickA--". No offense.
22:49 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
@SS

None taken. In case you missed it, I don't mind personal "attacks". I just have no tolerance for attacks towards groups of people.

By the way, one of my favorite movies in a long time. I heard they're working on a sequel.
23:03 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
I try to avoid personal attacks. Once in awhile my sense of humor is mistaken for something other than what it is.

And, yes, I haven't laughed so hard at a movie in a long time.
23:07 November 5, 2010 by PaulTheOctopus
I'm telling you again history is repeating, now the kancler of germany will draw a moustache and we`ll have new fuhrer
23:08 November 5, 2010 by saab
@cowboykodp, glad to hear your self serving holier-than-thou attitude is right out in front of ya. So, you stand up for people being picked on. Wonderful! Which side...kinda depends on how you interpret "being picked on".

But I suppose your list is long. Egyptian Copts, the Flemish, the Kashmiris, the Gazans (by Hamas), the Darfurians, the Basques, the Western Saharans, the Native Americans, the average North Korean, the average Venezuelan... your list must be very long.

Do you have a day job or are you a super hero saving the oppressed from The Man?

Please note by the way that I am not a jackass, just an average observer and critic of corrupt attitudes and philosophies like multiculturism, pan-Arabism, al-Qaeda ism, "progressivism", Communism and fascism.

Finally, friend, if you don't like my poem, please note, it ain't my poem. I am a plagiarizer. You see, it's from Monty Python (though I replaced "lumberjack" with "Inuit"). Read all the verses (Google it). You might actually laugh, if you are capable of that.

Peace be upon you.
23:31 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
@Saab

I must apologize to jackasses for comparing them to the likes of you.

You see, even a jackass does not discriminate against who he kicks. But you seem to find it very convenient to categorize human beings into groups. It makes it so much easier, and simpletons like yourself can feel better about themselves.

And yes, picking on people is very simple and cowardly. However, being compassionate requires a bit more brain power, which is wanting in your case.

More humanity and less hate. Try that on for size.
00:28 November 6, 2010 by saab
@cowboykodp... when did you stop beating your wife? Where did I say I hate someone? You started the name calling, unless you were just wierded out by "multi cultural elitist" or "diversity maven". Yes, I agree, those are really horrible terms that naturally engendered your most humane response "jackass", "simpleton". No diversity of opinion allowed in Cowboy's World. Seems like you are a little sensitive? Why is it that you can't stand a little heat?
00:52 November 6, 2010 by zircon
"... Oh, oh, and who is this handsome man? Your father?" "Hitler," Adam answered. "I thought he had a beard." "No, it's Hitler." - Movie Adam and the apple tree- Denmark.
08:35 November 6, 2010 by izbz
Looks to me Neo and SD main targets are kids bare ly out of their teens. Just take a look at William Hahne, Äkesson and this Höglund guy. Look like they just quit breast feeding. So when are they gonna put one from grundskolan in the party.

Would be fun to see the whole Parliament run by Kids.
11:22 November 6, 2010 by Iraniboy
Democracy is the least worst way of government!

It avoids brutal dictatorships especially against their own people. But in the end it has a risk of democracy represented by Hitler. So it's good as long as it doesn't go in that direction.
16:41 November 6, 2010 by peter franzen
Wow 102 votes and a Nazi gets a seat on a Swedish Council.

All it proves is that there are 102 idiots in the Grästorp municipality

Nazis are scum.

Let's not forget what they did during world war two.
01:32 November 7, 2010 by Emmaboda
Listen here all of you guys! Who gives a damn of what happens in Grastorp. Get a life, all of you.
20:27 November 7, 2010 by bear79
yes all true points,but dont forget what the nazi party did,and whose trains and surrplys kept that machine going during ww2,yep its was in part like others,sweden,but most places regret there" sitting on the fence ".sweden will be the makers of there own down fall,if you dont like people from other countries being here,because you feel they dont pay there way,do as australia and make skill test so its hard to get in if your not earning and paying tax and putting sumthing in.but like here there is a deep rooted hate of anybody not from here because of your small minded race related issues,its scary that this is real.very very sinister and dark.(Jarvilainennen) i suggest you do your research matey! nazi gold has been here along with countless other nasty things,as you find it such a comic thing,where was the viking siprit in ww2 when the nazi rolled in?................oh,sorry you didnt get involed......just like now.brave.
18:59 November 19, 2010 by 4real
Swedes (and all of European decent) have lived lavishly for far too long. Self-indulgence has rotted the people. Heritage vaporizes. The family is a pesky obligation. Children are an anethma and hinderance to the joys of hedonistic adult-children.

But, alas, what is misery and folly for one is an opportunity for another. Travelers from afar come to Sweden and see riches for the taking. They see the rot within the indigenous. They just bide their time, have their families, and take that which once belonged to another. There is no beauty or glamour in all this. It is sad to see a people die out, but I suppose that is the natural progression of inherent vice.

We all know what we witness. The extermination of a people.
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