Why did the Sweden Democrats become such a big party?


When Swedes go to the elections booths today, much focus is on the result for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. Last time, in 2018, they got 17.5 percent of the vote, what will the result be now? And can Moderate party leader Ulf Kristersson form a government with the help of Jimmie Åkesson’s former paria party?

A more basic question is how a party with neo-nazi roots and only around 3 percent in opinion polls 2009 could grow so much. I have tried to address that topic many times the last 15 years or so. Maybe the texts linked here can give some guidance (there are many more in Swedish):

Rädslan för brott kan avgöra valet (“Fear of crime can be a decisive factor in the next election” Aftonbladet 2007)

Sweden’s changing (Open Democracy 2009)

Sweden’s Social Democrats – the test of failure (Open Democracy 2010)

Sweden after the election (Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung 2010)

Nordic numbers (Inside Story 2018)

Socialdemokraterna såg inte problemen med integrationen (“The Social Democrats did not understand integration problems” Aftonbladet 2018)

Effektiva strategier mot Sverigedemokraterna kräver nyanserad analys (“Efficient strategies against the Sweden Democrats require nuanced analysis”, Dagens Arena 2018)