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Municipalities lack plan to tackle violent extremism

Updated onsdag 20 april 2016 kl 10.36
Published onsdag 20 april 2016 kl 09.54
Mona Sahlin: More needs to be done
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The government's national coordinator against violent extremism Mona Sahlin. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT.
The government's national coordinator against violent extremism Mona Sahlin. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT.

Only 7 percent of Sweden's municipalities have a completed action plan for handling violent extremism, according to a government survey. 

Although, more than half of Sweden's municipalities have a clear picture of the situation within their borders, few know what they can or will do about it.

The survey covered 208 of the nation's 290 local governments and finds that mostly smaller municipalities are unprepared to confront the problem. 

More than a third of all respondents said they do not know if there are people living in their municipality who use or support the uses of violence to achieve their ideological goals. A quarter of respondents said there were violent extremists in their municipality.

The government's national coordinator against violent extremism Mona Sahlin told Swedish Radio that there is still much left to do.

"I still see this as a big problem for Sweden. We have come a long way but the knowledge of what extremism looks like in Sweden hasn't reached everybody," said Sahlin, former leader of the Social Democrat party.

The survey finds that the most common form of violent extremism is that from the political far right, while the second most common form is Islamic extremism.

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