Next month, the population of Sweden will go to the polls in order to elect a new government in the 2018 Swedish Election. The election will take place on Sunday 9th September and the Scandinavian country will be given the chance to knock left-leaning Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, from his throne.
Sweden has suffered the effects of immigration more than any other country in Europe in recent years. More than 600,000 “refugees” have entered Sweden since 2013; a huge figure for a country that has a population of less than 10 million people. Native Swedes currently make up less than 70% of the population of Sweden and this figure is dropping by around 1% per year.
Next month’s election has certainly come at a crucial time. Below I will detail what the current political situation is like in Sweden and provide some information about a few key parties.
The Current Situation in Sweden
Sweden’s parliament is formed in the style of a proportionate/representative democracy. This means that there are 349 seats on offer and who holds those seats will largely represent the share of the vote that each party gets on election day. One rule to remember is that a party must get at least 4% of the votes in order to be granted a seat in parliament.
At present, the 349 seats in the Swedish parliament are held by eight political parties. The party with the most representation out of those seats is the Social Democrats who are headed up by Stefan Löfven. This has been the case since 2014, which was the date of Sweden’s last election. The current Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden is Isabella Lövin who belongs to the Green Party. The Green Party have 25 seats in parliament.
Below is the current makeup of the Swedish government:
Left Party: 21 seats
Social Democrats: 113 seats (Prime Minister)
Green Party: 25 seats (Deputy Prime Minister)
Centre Party: 22 seats
Liberal Party: 19 seats
Moderates: 83 seats
Christian Democrats: 16 seats
Sweden Democrats: 42 seats
You may notice that the above only adds up to 341 seats. This is because since 2014, 8 MPs have left their respective parties and they no longer have party affiliation.
In the 2014 election, the top three parties listed above (the Left Party, the Social Democrats and the Green Party) ran separate campaigns but were able to form coalition after the results had come in based on shared ideas. Together these three parties secured 159 seats at the last election. The next four parties (the Centre Party, the Liberal Party, the Moderates and the Christian Democrats) ran a joint campaign called “The Alliance For Sweden” coalition. They secured less seats than the top three parties (141, now 140) so were unable to get a majority. The Sweden Democrats also ran a separate campaign and secured 49 seats (now 42).
The reason why parties have to form coalitions in Sweden is because you must win over 50% of the seats in order for your party to elect a Prime Minister. As there are so many parties in Sweden, this is difficult, so the parties team up to form a coalition government instead.
Parties of Interest in the 2018 Election
There are three parties of interest for nationalists in Sweden’s 2018 election, the largest one being the Sweden Democrats. The Sweden Democrats were founded in 1988 and are currently headed up by Jimmie Åkesson. They are a conservative party with, according to Sweden’s official website, “nationalist views”. Their recent campaign has been very heavily focused around cutting immigration. According to Sweden.se:
“The Sweden Democrats believe that Sweden’s immigration policy has been too generous, that the many migrants coming to Sweden have put huge social and economic strains on the country. The party’s policies are based on protecting the ‘national identity’ as a way of sustaining the Swedish welfare state.”
Perhaps not surprisingly considering the news we’ve been hearing from Sweden over the last couple of years, The Sweden Democrats have been polling in between first and third place in recent weeks. It’s beginning to look like the population of Sweden are reaching out towards a party with anti-immigration sentiments and with a focus on national identity. According to The SD’s manifesto, they want to cut immigration, offer cash incentives for migrants to return to their home country, change permanent visas to temporary ones and offer Sweden a vote on EU membership.
This all sounds great in theory, however sceptics of the party are not without their doubts. Supporters of the two parties below have labelled the Sweden Democrats everything from a civic nationalist party to controlled opposition and it has been stressed that they will focus on the integration of immigrants rather than on reversing The Great Replacement. This is of course a hugely negative thing. Immigrants integrating into our society is the equivalent of putting a plaster on a broken leg. It may appear like a solution to fix our problems for the time being but in the end, we will still end up being replaced. Åkesson also received criticism in May 2018 by saying that his party will not focus on a biological view of Swedish people and that Sweden won’t return to being a “blonde haired, blue eyed” country.
“We are in favour of an open Swedish identity, in which one can actually become Swedish. I’ve never regarded a people as purely biological, it’s more about a group of people with a common identity.”
The second party to consider is The Alternativ för Sverige (AfS). The AfS don’t currently have any representation in the Swedish parliament and will need to get at least 4% of the votes in order to win a seat. The party was founded in 2017 by members of the Sweden Democrats Youth, who were expelled from the Sweden Democrats in 2015 for links to “white power organisation” Nordisk Ungdom (Nordic Youth). The party has been labelled “far right” by the mainstream media. They advocate for repatriation of immigrants, non-intervention, exit from the EU, the formation of a Nordic defence alliance and animal rights.
The AfS is an extremely new party. Although they formed in 2017, they weren’t officially launched until 5th March 2018. This means that they haven’t really had time to get off the ground before next month’s election. Perhaps not surprisingly, they have faced their fair share of problems since their formation, even having their campaign material removed from YouTube under the banner that it was “inciting hatred”.
The AfS’s leader, Gustav Kasselstrand, has suggested that the stories that we read about Sweden on alternative news platforms are in fact true. His party believes that the only way to fix our problems is to consider repatriations and to begin making deportations. He recently told STV News that his party plans to send home at least 500,000 immigrants, adding:
“It’s not enough for a restrictive immigration policy. It is not enough to want to stop immigration. In order to solve the major societal problems in Sweden, one has to dare to talk about re-immigration. And not a small one, but a large-scale.”
The third party I would like to mention is the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM). The NRM are the most radical out of the three parties I have mentioned. They are a National Socialist party, so they support closed borders and a Nordic ethnostate, with a focus on community well-being and support for the nation’s native inhabitants.
The NRM use the European Tyr rune (or Tiwaz rune) as their logo. The Tyr rune is the rune of balance and the rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for the well-being of the whole (society). The party often organises marches in Sweden where groups of well dressed individuals gather carrying large green and black flags. These demonstrations are often hijacked by anti-fascists and they often turn violent. As has come to be expected in recent years, the violence of the anti-fascists is often ignored by any mainstream media reports which are published the following day.
The political will of the NRM can be summarised in 9 key points. These points range from stopping mass immigration, starting repatriation, regaining power from the Zionist elite, connecting with nature and creating a National Socialist society. These points are summarised in more depth on their website.
Like the AfS, the NRM currently have no representation in the Swedish parliament.
The AfS certainly look like an appealing party on paper but their very recent formation could be a huge hurdle in how well they perform. A positive result for the AfS would be great, but could a vote for them be a wasted vote when the Sweden Democrats have been polling in first place and have the opportunity to make a huge impact? Or is it in fact a vote for the Sweden Democrats which would be a waste due to their CivNat ideas? It’s certainly a difficult decision. The choice that Sweden is faced with is a great party who will probably struggle to make an impact and an average to good party who will probably do really well.
One thing to consider is that any party who gets over 4% of the vote will have representation in the Swedish parliament. Having a voice in there who is willing to discuss topics such as repatriation will be hugely beneficial in swaying public opinion our way. Considering the recent riots that have been happening in Sweden, could this be enough to push a smaller party over the mark?