The Pirate Party, focused on decriminalizing Internet piracy and abolishing intellectual property rights, organized after Sweden passed a law banning the sharing of copyrighted material on the Internet without the paying of royalties, in a bid to crack down on free downloading of music, films, and computer games.
Only 24 hours after the party website went up January 1st, more than 2000 people had signed the online petition to make the movement an official political party.
That was well ahead of the required minimum, and a day later the petition campaign closed, with 4700 names on the list.
Party founder Rickard Falkvinge is optimistic about getting the 4 percent minimum for a seat in parliament. He says studies show there one million active file-sharers in this country of nine million. If one quarter of them vote for the party, Falkvinge says, the Pirate Party will get into parliament.
He claims the party won’t be lining up within the traditional left-right blocks, as they are not red, blue, or green. They are, he says, just pirates.
Swedish Senior Citizen Interest Party
Founded in 1987, this small party representing the interests of pensioners, attracted more attention when journalist and diplomat Arne Thorén became party leader in 1996. The current leader is Brynolf Wendt. The party received 0.7 percent of the votes in the 2004 election, but won 73 seats on local councils.
The Sweden Democrats are a small anti-immigrant party, considered by the main parties to be racist, if not neo-Nazi. In the 2004 elections the party polled 1.4 percent of votes cast nationwide, but was able to win 50 seats in 29 local councils.
The National Democrats are small breakaway party from the Sweden Democrats. They are frequently considered to be racist and neo-Nazi. The party polled 0.1 percent of votes in the 2004 elections, but did win seats on two local councils.