Tents with stalls with people milling about
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The number of stalls and seminars at the Järva week have increased several times over since last year. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
Ahmed Abdirahman är Järvaveckans grundare.
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Ahmed Abdirahman is the founder of the Järvaveckan, or Järva week. Credit: Maja Suslin/TT and Marcus Ericsson/TT.

Political week pushes to attract locals from Tensta, Rinkeby

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With 60,000 letters in four languages sent out to the local community, and political speeches interpreted into English, Arabic and Somali, the Järva political week is working hard to attract local visitors.

It is easy to find enthusiasts of the Järva political week, where seminars and political speeches are held on stage among stalls manned by over a hundred different local organisations, trade unions, employers and political parties. 

In many ways it is reminiscent of the Almedalen political week, which is held on the island of Gotland in the beginning of July. But there are differences, one of them being the location in Järva, on a sports field between a more affluent area which is primarily home to people born in Sweden, and an area which is dominated by people with a foreign backgrounds and where the income is significantly lower.

It is the third year running, and the event has grown a lot. It is, however, still a challenge to draw locals who live in the area to come to find out what it is all about.

"To be honest, it is not easy. We have 120 nationalities here, in these areas, and we have people who have been in Sweden less than 10 years. The older people don't follow the Swedish news, and the younger people, no matter if they live in the city or not, they are difficult to reach already," Ahmed Abdirahman, initiator and organizer of the week, told Radio Sweden.

But, he said, people in the area are interested in politics, it is part of their everyday lives. 

"The problem is when it comes to voting, that political interest does not materialize in increased voting participation. We are trying to reduce that gap, by bringing the politicians here, so people can talk to them directly," said Abdirahman.

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