Sweden anti-immigrant party second largest: poll

The party would thereby overtake the conservative Moderates, which were credited with 18.1 percent.

Sweden anti-immigrant party second largest: poll

World Bulletin / News Desk

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party is the country's second largest, a reference poll suggested Thursday, two years after Sweden took in the highest number of refugees per capita in Europe.

With just over a year to go to a general election, Statistics Sweden (SCB) said if an election were held today, the Sweden Democrats would garner 18.4 percent of voter support, up almost one percentage point from its previous survey in November.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats party, which has dominated Swedish politics in the postwar period, remains the largest with 31.1 percent support, according to SCB.

The Sweden Democrats have enjoyed a swift rise in public support in recent years, capitalising on Swedes' frustration over immigration, segregation, crime and security.

They first entered parliament in 2010 with 5.7 percent of votes, rising to nearly 13 percent in the 2014 election.

But the party has long been shunned by Sweden's political establishment -- all of the parties in parliament have held up a cordon sanitaire around it because of its roots in the neo-Nazi movement.

Last Mod: 01 Haziran 2017, 17:28
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