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Introducing the Pirate Party

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The Pirate Party competed in the 2006 general election, polling 0.63 percent of the votes but became the the third largest party in terms of membership by May 2009.

More success was enjoyed in the EU parliamentary elections of 2009, gaining 7.13 percent of the total Swedish votes, leading to two seats. Christian Engström and Amelia Andersdotter currently represent the party in Strasbourg.

2010 election platform

The party continues to lobby against copyright and patent legislation. The party announced in August that it would be hosting some of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks' servers.

Key points

*The reform of copyright laws

*The reform of patent laws

*Abolish the EU Data Retention Act (Ipred) - implemented in Sweden on April 1st 2009

Comment

The party has a stated aim of being the kingmaker in the Swedish parliament. To do so it would need to poll above 4 percent of the votes with neither of the main blocs gaining an absolute majority – opinion polls indicate that this is extremely unlikely.

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