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Sweden: Rise of far-right party following September 9 elections

Results from September 9 legislative elections in Sweden show increased support for the country’s far-right party

10 Sep 02:25 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/10/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/12/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Stockholm). COUNTRY/REGION Sweden

Event

Legislative elections were held in Sweden on Sunday, September 9, during which the Sweden Democrats, the country's far-right party, came in third with 17.6 percent of the vote, trailing the Swedish Social Democratic (28.4 percent) and Moderate (19.8 percent) parties. The preliminary results show a 5 percent gain for the Sweden Democrats, while mainstream parties witnessed a setback compared to the 2014 elections. Local sources report a potential political impasse, as neither mainstream party wishes to collaborate with the Sweden Democrats. Associated protests are possible.

Context

The gains made by the Sweden Democrats highlight the rise in popularity of far-right parties throughout Europe, amid fears of increasing globalization and immigration.

Advice

Individuals in Sweden are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution.

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