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Introducing the Sweden Democrats

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 13 Sep 2010, 11:45

Published: 13 Sep 2010 11:45 GMT+02:00

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History and ideology

The Sweden Democrats were founded in 1988 and in contrast to other far-right parties across the EU, has roots in the neo-Nazi movement, specifically the Keep Sweden Swedish (Bevara Sverige Svenskt) group.

The party under Mikael Jansson, and now Jimmie Åkesson, has worked hard to tone down its more extremist elements in recent years in an attempt to attract a broader base of support outside of its core of young working class males.

The party's ideology is based on nationalism and social conservativism.

Immigration underpins all of the Sweden Democrats' policy positions, with immigrants and Sweden's culturally mixed society argued to be the source of all of the country's perceived ills.

2010 election platform

The party campaigns against immigration and multicuralism and argues for the construction of a culturally homogenous Sweden.

Key points

*Curtail immigration and return to assimilation policies of the 1970s

*Tough on crime, including significantly higher penalties for serious crimes and repeat offenders

*More money to pensioners


The Sweden Democrats are inspired by the electoral success of Pia Kjærsgaard and the Danish People's Party.

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While, like Kjærsgaard, SD rejects accusations of racism, the party's election campaign has been notable for a series of mishaps which have damaged the party's attempts to present a shift away from the political extremes.

Despite, or perhaps because of, these electoral campaign controversies, polls indicate that the party is on course for seats in parliament but, regardless of the result, is unlikely to gain any influence on government policy.

To return to the election guide main page, click here.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

03:49 September 21, 2010 by mieoux
The population of Sweden is too small for Sverigedemokratena ideas to actually work. Sweden is the size of an American city in population, not the size of an average country in the world. Perhaps you should try to form a single country with the other Scandinavian countries, but 9 million people is a very low population and you are to be commended that you can pay your retirees - oh wait regarding paying retirees, I just got a thought that maybe it means that Swedish debt is risky, so I looked up Swedish debt to GDP ratio - it's very high, there are some third world countries with the same numbers , but what makes Sweden worse is how small the Swedish population is. I'll look for a comparative global graph of per capita debt to GDP ratio - now that would be interesting. Something's telling me you need more immigrants, because that money to pay that huge overall debt to GDP ratio is coming from what - taxes right and only 9 million of you paying it right? Hahahaha? Dear G-d and you elect Sverigedemokratena!?!?! Idiots!

Anyway you should pray that you get more immigrants because Sweden has no natural resources, and has a very small population that is shy to the world and shy to entrepreneurship. Keeping Sweden Swedish will drive you down into poverty - smaller population wishing for an even smaller population, even more jamt-laws meaning more shy to entrepreneurship, embarrassed at excelling above others, shy about making money and being rich, leading to fewer profit making businesses, leading to fewer jobs and lower tax revenues, combined with a frightening debt to GDP ration all leading to no money for future retirees - all in a scenario of zero immigrants. Immigrants are not your problem, in fact you are lucky if people even want to immigrate to and pay taxes in Sweden.

Sverigedemokratena are promising a perpetual motion machine that runs on no fuel. Use your heads for a minute. If you are unsatisfied with your situation, think about what could change it and then bring those thoughts forward. Don't shoot yourselves between the eyes with Sverigedemokratena because that's pretty much what their policies mean - closing their eyes against the world and sticking their fingers in their ears against the world. Trust that you can find solutions and challenge yourselves to do so, rather than easily resorting to shooting yourselves between the eyes.
20:35 September 21, 2010 by japaswede
Very well said! My thoughts exactly...Sweden will severly limit whatever competitive edge it now has in the world. The country needs immigrants to help its economy grow. This naivete and plain stupidity about Sweden returning to its roots will only jeopardize its current international standing and economic vitality.
08:34 November 4, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
I do agree that immigrations should be curtailed and all

immigrants should assimilate into Swedish societies when they

are given Swedish citizenships.Sweden's population maybe small

and needs immigrants-- Yes she needs immigrants -- but what

type of immigrants.?Immigrants that do not want to assimilate

into Swedish societies ,immigrants that have got no-respects

for the Swedish societies at large and wanted to impose their

cultures and views on the native Swedish.?Jimme Akesson and

Sweden Democrat emerged due to the facts that some types of

immigrants are more of a threat to Sweden in the longrun.I,salute their farsightedness and it'll be too late

when immigrants outnumbers indegenious Swedish and what was

published and promoted by Jimme Akesson and SD are truthful

views where some politicians of the past and present tried

their best to ignore and covered up on the pretext of one

word " racism "Truth always hurts and be brave to face the

truth and at the sametime challenge it,if you think it is false.
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