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Far-right 'more active' in Sweden: report

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Far-right 'more active' in Sweden: report
07:59 CEST+02:00
Far-right and anti-immigrant groups in Sweden have become increasingly active, according to a new report published by anti-racist foundation Expo on Tuesday.

"The Party of the Swedes (Svenskarnas parti) has managed to collect well-known individuals within the movement and has built up a relatively stable organisation. The strategy is to attract Sweden Democratic voters by presenting themselves as a more radical alternative," said Anders Dalsbro, editor of the magazine Expo, in a statement.

The report indicates that the Party of the Swedes is behind a development which has led to the highest level of activity among far-right groups since 2008.

Some 1,824 activities connected to the racial ideology movement were reported in 2012, an increase of 24 percent on 2011. The activities concern everything from dealing out flyers, badges to meetings and demonstrations.

The number of groups active within the movement has however decreased, from 25 in 2011 to 18 in 2012, Expo reported.

"The Party of the Swedes has increasingly come to dominate the racist movement and taken over a large part from the other groups and also recruited a large part of their activists," Anders Dalsbro told Sveriges Radio.

The big city areas and the counties of Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Skåne saw the most activity overall, while Värmland, Dalarna and Västmanland topped the per capita list.

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