Sweden Democrat politician accused of Nazi slogan in election night clip

Rebecka Fallenkvist, a candidate for the party in the Stockholm city council, said the words “Helg Seger”, which sound like the Swedish version of the Nazi 'Sieg Heil' salute, in an election night interview with the far-right news site Samnytt.

Sweden Democrat politician accused of Nazi slogan in election night clip
Rebecka Fallenkvist, photographed at the launch of Riks TV at the the start of this year. Photo: Sofia Ekström / SvD/TT

The clip of a drunken Fallenkvist repeating the phrase and apparently raising her arm went viral on Swedish Twitter, with many seeing it as an off-colour pun on “Hell Seger”, the Swedish translation of Nazi slogan ”Sieg Heil”, which has a history of usage within the violent Nordic neo-Nazi group Nordiska motståndsrörelsen, NMR.

She starts by saying, Helg seger, which means “weekend victory”, only with the words reversed. She then goes on to say “this is a segerhelg [victory weekend]. This is a segertåg [victory train — a reference to the Stockholm Metro train the party decked out in its colours], and a victory weekend for us.” 

Fallenkvist, who has fronted anti-Islamic segments as presenter on the Sweden Democrats’ Riks web television channel, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper that she had had “a little too much refreshment”, at the time of the interview.  

She told the Expressen newspaper earlier that she had deliberately said ”Helg Seger” to wind up the media, and stimulate the “customary over-interpretations”, but withdrew this when talking to DN. 

“I corrected it to segerhelg to make it grammatically correct,” she said. “Sometimes journalists are easily provoked. I interpret helg seger (weekend victory) as helg seger (weekend victory).” 

Fallenkvist’s outburst was not the only controversy to hit the Sweden Democrats on Monday. After left-wing and foreign language media (including The Local) were refused places at the party’s election day vigil, the party’s chief of staff, Linus Bylund, joked that he was looking forward to “a lot of work actually, and a lot of what we like to call ‘journalist rugby’.” 

Asked what ‘journalist rugby’ involved, he said “att man knuffar journalister“, which means roughly, “that you push journalists about”. 

A third scandal came when the Sweden Democrat MP Richard Jomshof was interviewed by Expressen about the coming talks with the Moderates. 

“Everything should be on the table. The Prime Minister position, ministerial posts, committees in the parliament, we need to talk about everything. But at the same time we have to be humble: getting policies through is, as Jimmie Åkesson has said, is the priority.” 

Asked if he wanted to have Jimmie Åkesson as Prime Minister, he said, “I’d like that. If you ask me, that would be very nice indeed. But as we say, getting policies through is the priority.” 

Bylund dismissed Jomshof’s statement, saying he was not expressing the party’s official view. “Jomshof talks a lot,” he said. “Period.” 

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Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

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In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.