Far-right party celebrating after municipal elections
Figures just calculated following Sweden’s recent elections show that the xenophobic party, the Sweden Democrats, have enjoyed a massive increase in support.
They have won two hundred and eighty seats in around half of the country’s one hundred and forty municipalities, when they only had thirty places before.
The party’s stronghold is in the region of Skåne, in the south of the country, whose regional capital Malmö has a large immigrant population.
The Sweden Democrats have won about 30 more seats than they have candidates, because of the proportional representation system which allots seats depending on what percentage of votes a party gets as a whole.
The Sweden Democrats, which are not represented in parliament, say they will continue to push for a reduction in the number of refugees being welcomed into Sweden’s municipalities.