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Sweden Democrats gain ground in church election

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Sweden Democrats, a right-wing political party that aims to limit immigration, won ground in Sunday's elections to the Church of Sweden synod.

They more than doubled their vote to nearly 6 percent of the total, according to preliminary results.

The largest Lutheran denomination in the world, the Church of Sweden was the state church here until the year 2000.

The Social Democrats garnered nearly 30 percent of the vote. The election  decides the representatives to the Church Synod, as well as to parish and diocese councils.

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