Sweden Democrat leader Jimmy Åkesson

Sweden Democrats to Collect State Support

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party collected its first official state subsidy Monday, following September’s elections.

The party received 2.93 percent of the vote in the election, too little for representation in parliament, but enough to get seats on around half the country’s local councils, and just over the 2.5 percent minimum level for official state support.

The agency responsible for party subsidies decided Monday that the Sweden Democrats are to receive around 47,000 dollars for the coming year.

That compares to around 11 million dollars altogether for the four parties in the center-right government and a little more than that to the three opposition parties in parliament.

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