Youths turn their backs on politics

The number of young people actively involved in Sweden's political parties has collapsed since 1990. Total membership of parties' youth movements has fallen from 100,000 in 1990 to just 20,000 today.

The scandal-hit Social Democrat youth movement, SSU, has lost 20,000 members since the early nineties, Aftonbladet reports. The Centre Party youth wing (CUF) has seen membership fall by 15,000, the Moderates’ are down 12,000 and the Liberals’ are down 9,000.

The apparent fall-off in interest could partly be down to the figures having previously been exaggerated, but the paper reports that a large number of members are believed to have left the organizations.

The youth sections of the Left and Green parties did not submit complete information to the paper, and were therefore not included in the comparison.