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Foreign-born people remain under-represented in Swedish parliament

The Riksdagshuset, or Swedish House of Parliament, in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Published: 11.Oct.2018 11:29 hrs

The proportion of Swedish MPs with a foreign background has not risen since the last mandate period, and is significantly lower than the corresponding proportion of the general population, a new study reveals.

Just over one in ten (11.5 percent) of Swedish members of parliament have a foreign background, according to the survey carried out by Sveriges Radio Ekot, compared to 24 percent of the Swedish population as a whole.

The survey defined 'foreign background’ as either someone who themselves was born abroad, or who was born in Sweden to two foreign-born parents.

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