Swedish Elections

Sunday, September 19th, was Election Day in Sweden. The big question was whether or not the “racist” and “xenophobic” (you know the drill by now) Sweden Democrats would receive more than four percent of the vote, and thus qualify for representation in the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament.

In the 2006 elections, the party received 2.9 % and polls in the months and weeks prior to the 2010 elections had suggested between 4.1 and 4.8 %, thus leaving some suspense and uncertainty. To the horror of the Establishment, the premliminary results (absentee ballots not yet counted) indicate that SD won 5.7 %!

The overall results would give the “Red-Green Block” (Social Democrats, Communists and Greens) 157 seats, the ruling “Alliance” (Moderates, Liberals, Christian Democrats and the Center Party) 172 seats. SD will recieve 20 seats.

The math-oriented reader will deduce that the ruling Alliance will be three seats short of a working majority. SD has said they will act responsbily and will listen to any and all offers regarding parlamentary cooperation. All the seven Establishment parties continue to claim that they will never work with SD. The Alliance is flirting with the Greens to help forge a majority, but they claim they’ll never support a “right-wing” government.

The government does not have to resign unless a motion of no confidence is voted through the Riksdag and could concievably continue to govern with SD support, without acknowleding the support as such or even SDs existence.

The tone in the media seems to indicate that the entry of the SD into the Riksdag is the equivalent of a machtergreifung and soon the freight trains will start rolling to the camps. The truth is that SD started out as a close-to-neo-nazi group in the 80s and have slowly moved their positions in order to become electable. They are “proud friends of Israel” and have recently courted Arab Christians (although they want them expelled, eventually).

The long and short of it, is that SD is in a quandary that is typical for any “revolutionary” and/or “extreme” movement that works within the parlamentary system. It’s Principles vs Power and it’s not an easy predicament.

At the very least I believe that the debate climate will be freer and the taboo of even discussing the multi-culti misery might loosen some.

39 Comments on "Swedish Elections"

  1. “The truth is that SD started out as a close-to-neo-nazi group in the 80s and have slowly moved their positions in order to become electable. They are ‘proud friends of Israel’…”

    Sounds like the BNP in some ways.

    But 5.7% is three times better than the BNP has done in any general election.

    And what’s up with SD’s outreach to Arab Christians?

    Is there conflict between Muslims and Arab Christians in Sweden, and that makes the SD think they can get support from Arab Christians?

  2. @R.T.

    There is no major conflict as such, however;

    In Europe the Muslim problem is much bigger than here. The muslims are as prolific as the Hispanics in our Southwest and as violent as our Negroes. Swedish girls are raped and innocent Swedes are assaulted, primarily by Muslims (Arab and Black).

    In addition, the Jewish problem is smaller, especially in the Scandinavian countries (although they do own a good chunk of the media outlets in Sweden).

    For that reason, any ally against Islam is considered welcome and the Christians in questions are predominantly Iraqis who fled after Saddam’s fall. Under Saddam, they were safe as long as the obeyed the Bath Party. Now, they’re not safe, because they’re not Muslim.

    Erik Nordman (Nordicreb)

  3. Ed the Department Head | September 20, 2010 at 8:36 am |

    Could you tell us about the situation in neighboring Denmark, Sir? I hear Pia Kjærsgaard’s government has done good things. Is it possible that the SD could emulate her party’s policies?

  4. Even though this article mentions it, I want to make it clear that the Sweden Democrats are in no way an ethnic/racial nationalist party. So comparing their election results to the ethnonationalist BNP, like in the comment above, is misleading; UKIP would be a more appropriate comparison. In most European countries they would be regarded as fairly uncontroversial – they have larger equivalents in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, for instance.

    The real (i.e. ethnic) nationalist parties of Sweden are the National Democrats (who unlike SD cooperate with the BNP) and The Swedes’ Party (a continuation of National Socialist Front with a makeover). ND retained their seats in local parliament, while SvP gained a seat for the first time.

  5. Reginald Thompson says:

    And what’s up with SD’s outreach to Arab Christians?

    Is there conflict between Muslims and Arab Christians in Sweden, and that makes the SD think they can get support from Arab Christians?

    Jack Ryan replies:

    This probably is a case where there are some whiter Arabs from say Lebanon – Maronite Christians are around. It’s usually the case that any Arab “Christians” are Arabs that took the side of White European Colonialists when large parts of North Africa were French colonies. Also White Christian crusaders brought lots of Blue eyes and good genes to places like Lebanon during the Crusades.

    Arabs in the area now call a blue eyed Arab child to be a “Crusader”.

    And in cases of mixed race marriages of say a higher caste Persian or Arab with a full White Swede/German – the family and child becomes “Christian” as a way of trying to fit in with the White European culture.

    Take a look at the Tennis couple of Andre Agassi and Stephie Graf. His father is an Iranian of Armenian and Assyrian origin and I believe Andre Agasi’s mother is Swedish, he looked like a long haired blond White guy in his youth, but morphed in to a very Middle Eastern looking guy in middle age – the Agasi, Stephie Graf son looks very White.

  6. “But 5.7% is three times better than the BNP has done in any general election.”

    Sweden is a proportional representation system, unlike the UK.

    5.7% of votes = 5.7% of seats. In the UK you need a plurality of votes to get any seat. If the UK had proportional representation, the BNP might have 10% of MPs by now!

  7. “The real (i.e. ethnic) nationalist parties of Sweden are the National Democrats” [–Scania]

    SD [Social-Demokraterna] just won 5.7%, vs.
    ND [National-Demokraterna]

    Discussion about whether the SD are really racialists/nationalists or just disgruntled conservatives. The discussion involves Swedes and a Finn.
    And a continuation of that discussion. [Jamt in both threads appears to be a member of the SD.]

    Allegations traded in the above:
    –ND are the only true nationalist party that gets any votes in Sweden. [They got only 0.1% in 2006]
    –ND are “just rejects from the SD”.
    –SD support immigration reduction but not ending immigration.
    –SD have crackpots in high places — a supporter of Rev.Sun Young-Moon.
    –SD are strong supporters of Israel.
    –SD is clever because they moderate the tone enough to leap over the 4%-hurdle [minimum to gain any seats].
    –SD have the image of being “crypto-Nazis”.
    –SD is led by a guy who took power of the party in 2005 at age 26.
    –SD “want to create a ‘Swedish majority culture’ and assimilate foreign groups.”
    –ND have done serious political infrastructure work, creating a newspaper, founding preschools, establishing a taskforce to report and publicize all acts of anti-Swedish racism.
    –ND’s newspaper has acquired state funding, something requiring a minimum of 2,000 subscribers.
    –SD will never be allowed in government: The center-right parties would rather invite a far-left party into government than use the SD.
    –SD is “well-funded”.
    –Despite SD’s moderacy, Swedish media hysterically acts like they are the next NSDAP.
    –SD are “not in the least radical in anything”. (i.e., kosher-conservative).

  8. Updates :
    ND has retained its community-level representation (the smallest level of government).
    –SD had a commercial banned by the Swedish government — See it here.
    –The SD leader claims “Islam is the greatest threat to Sweden since WWII”.

  9. The Sweden Democrats will recieve $15 million over the next four years in government subsidies. The establishment will make the rope with wich we will hang them.

  10. @Ed: I’m not all that familiar with Denmark, but I do know that Danes are substantially more outspoken than Swedes. The climate regarding freedom of speech is much more positive in Denmark than in Sweden. The SD is walking on egg shells.

    @Wanderer: almost every point you stated is true, with the exception that ND is not “SD rejects”. The truth is that a segment of the SD felt that the party was going too soft and also too far to the right on economic issues. When they voiced that opinion too loudly, they were expelled and then went on to form the ND.

    The SD does have a lot of money, since the public funding from their many council seats have been funneled to the national party, which has been a source of discontent and defections. The ND only has three council seats and is essentially a local party in the town of Sodertalje, south of Stockholm.

    Prime minister Reinfeldt (proudly 1/8 Negro[!], but looks Italian) is currently in “secret” negotiations with the Green Party, but claims that he won’t negotiate with anyone until the absentee ballots are counted on Wednesday. If three very unlikely events occur with those, the Alliance could gain the three seats needed for a majority, but it’s a one in a million shot.

  11. Erik, interesting information about the Prime Minister.

    It looks like the black blood is more like 2% [under 1/32nd] than 12.5% [1/8th] though. It’s not surprising he looks more Italian as he has more recent (1/4?) Italian ancestry.

    Reinfeldt’s paternal great-grandfather, John Reinfeldt, was the illegitimate son of Emma Dorotea Reinfeld, a maid from Eckau in present-day Latvia, and John Hood, an African American circus director from New York. …He also has Italian ancestry, via his paternal grandmother [–Wiki]

    Reinfeldt’s great-grandfather (1/8th of one’s genes) had an “African-American father” and European mother. So if that father were 100%-black, Reinfeldt is 1/16th.

    The average black-American is 20% white. We can guess a black as enterprising as a “director” of anything would be more than that (this this guy appears to be more of a slick con-man than anything, it still requires skill). This black-American himself claimed to be the product of a black mother and a “governor from Borneo”. So if this great-grandfather’s father was only 40% black himself, that makes Reinfeldt 2.5% black. (1/16th x 2/5).

    The pathetic life-story of the great-grandfather reminds one a lot of B.H.Obama’s father’s life-story.

  12. Erik Nordman,
    How does the system work — Do parties stand for election in every district or does it require a big effort for each province? In other words, did every Swede voter have the choice to vote for SD?

    How about the ND? Did they stand for election at all this time? What were their national-level results?

  13. Another question:
    What percentage of voters were not “ethnic-Swedes”? Is there any way to know?

  14. Jack Ryan: Take a look at the Tennis couple of Andre Agassi and Stephie Graf. His father is an Iranian of Armenian and Assyrian origin and I believe Andre Agasi’s mother is Swedish, he looked like a long haired blond White guy in his youth, but morphed in to a very Middle Eastern looking guy in middle age – the Agasi, Stephie Graf son looks very White.

    Agassi has always looked Armenoid, he just used to dye his hair blond. Dyed blond hair seems to confuse some people.

    Using McCulloch’s scale, Graf would be around a 4, a distinct peripheral Nord, while Agassi, because of his partial European ancestry would be a less distinct Armenoid, around a 12 (could easily pass in Southern Europe, similar to Dienekes’ Greek composite). Their children then are 8, perceived Nordish as children but will grow darker and coarser into adulthood.

  15. Mark says:

    “Agassi has always looked Armenoid, he just used to dye his hair blond. Dyed blond hair seems to confuse some people.

    Using McCulloch’s scale, Graf would be around a 4, a distinct peripheral Nord, while Agassi, because of his partial European ancestry would be a less distinct Armenoid, around a 12 (could easily pass in Southern Europe, similar to Dienekes’ Greek composite). Their children then are 8, perceived Nordish as children but will grow darker and coarser into adulthood.”

    I know so many Movement people give in to views of gloom and despair, including stories of healthy, beautiful White (nordic) women like Stephie Graf mating with non whites or just partial Whites like Andre Agassi. But I like to look for the silver lining.

    And I know from experience that it is often those Whites who are a bit lower on the White scale who fight hardest for the White side.

    Most perfect looking Nordic Swedes are idiot, anti Whites and they are happy when one of their Swedish super model types marries a Tiger Woods, Seal or some Black African UN Consular General – but Southern European Whites do not feel that way, and Whiter elements in places like Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Corsica, Siciliy often are perfectly willing to get down and dirty with the NW hordes from hell – few if any of these Whites on the lower White racial scale will ever consider having their daughters or sisters mate/marry Blacks for “love”.

  16. Prime minister Reinfeldt (proudly 1/8 Negro[!], but looks Italian) is currently in “secret” negotiations with the Green Party…

    Sweden’s first black prime minister then.

    Although Wikipedia has him at 1/16th Negro, still bad enough. His grandfather would be visibly Negroid.

  17. Jack Ryan: Most perfect looking Nordic Swedes are idiot, anti Whites and they are happy when one of their Swedish super model types marries a Tiger Woods, Seal or some Black African UN Consular General…

    This is a meme often repeated by non-Nords and non-Whites alike, they have a hatred and disrespectful view of Nords. It is exaggerated, where is your proof? Because there are some miscegenist blondes that the media like to parade around? Let’s see some hard facts. The difference between Latin America and North America doesn’t support this assertion, rather the opposite.

    It seems that you are advocating that Nords mix and degrade themselves with Southern Europeans and West Asians to somehow attain a higher level of White identity. I don’t agree and the Kardashians certainly disprove this.

  18. @ “And I know from experience that it is often those Whites who are a bit lower on the White scale who fight hardest for the White side.”

    This seems to describe me. How fascinating! Using McCulloch’s scale, how would you rate a lad like this one? Just curious… And yes: sometimes I find myself in the awkward position of telling a friend with Danish genes not to misceginate with a brown girl, even if I’m less whiter than him.

    How paradoxical…

  19. Mark says:
    September 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    “Jack Ryan: Most perfect looking Nordic Swedes are idiot, anti Whites and they are happy when one of their Swedish super model types marries a Tiger Woods, Seal or some Black African UN Consular General…

    This is a meme often repeated by non-Nords and non-Whites alike, they have a hatred and disrespectful view of Nords. It is exaggerated, where is your proof? Because there are some miscegenist blondes that the media like to parade around? Let’s see some hard facts. The difference between Latin America and North America doesn’t support this assertion, rather the opposite.

    It seems that you are advocating that Nords mix and degrade themselves with Southern Europeans and West Asians to somehow attain a higher level of White identity. I don’t agree and the Kardashians certainly disprove this.”

    I said no such things – I love and deeply admire Nordics and even Nordic Swedes who stay strong for our folk. Sweden has a great nationalist movement and Saga is without a doubt my favorite nationalist singer ever. I root for Swedish Nordic sports teams – especially in hockey.

    But, I do recognize the obvious – that the Nordic ideal of female beauty is shared by most of the world and Blacks, Jews, Arabs all go for it, and this corrupt, pro race mixing international culture heavily, HEAVILY promotes beautiful Nordic women to race mix for fame, fortune and to become some types of beautiful esthetic prop for all things Liberal, international, non Racist etc.

    Just note these women:

    Christie Brinkley (perfect Nordic ideal, must have married 3 horrible show biz Jews)
    Heidi Klum (married to coal black pop singer Seal)
    Mrs. Tiger Woods
    Mrs. Kofi Annan (Kofi was Black African Ghana born UN Consular General, so of course he has to have a show case, Nordic blonde wife to attend all those parties)

    The system corrupts beautiful Nordic women – puts them on a pedestal, but gives them signs that they will not stay up on the public worshiping pedestal if they marry, mate with a regular White guy and our loyal to our people/culture.

  20. RE Mark: “Sweden’s first black prime minister then.
    Although Wikipedia has him at 1/16th Negro, still bad enough. His grandfather would be visibly Negroid.”

    He is not much above 2% racially-black — See post dated “September 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm” above.

    He is also 25%(?) Italian, and as Erik-Nordman wrote, that clearly is his dominant phenotype.

  21. Chechar says:
    September 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    @ “And I know from experience that it is often those Whites who are a bit lower on the White scale who fight hardest for the White side.”

    This seems to describe me. How fascinating! Using McCulloch’s scale, how would you rate a lad like this one? Just curious… And yes: sometimes I find myself in the awkward position of telling a friend with Danish genes not to misceginate with a brown girl, even if I’m less whiter than him.

    How paradoxical…”

    Jack Ryan Replies:

    The White, Spanish Mexican guy featured here looks and sounds really great!

    http://caesartort.blogspot.com/2009/10/white-nationalism-part-vii.html

    The juxtaposition of this noble Latin guy and the M13 scum, Mestizo gang members pretty much sums up our racial struggle.

    I could see this Spanish-Mexican Latin White guy being an El Cid fighting and WINNING the Re-conquest war against the occupying Arab Moor Muslims in Spain and then seeing this victor support the Inquisition against the money changer, wire pullers – I could see this guy being on the right side in the Spanish Civil War where our side the Nationalist White Side actually won!

    Whites in Latin America never bombed Dresden and Whites in Latin America never allow Black urban riots like the Rodney King LA riots of 92.

    Also I doubt White Latins in Latin America go in for stupid economic/philosophical cults like Libertarianism. And any free market types there, make sure that the army, police, media is run by folks like the great General Pinochet!

    Does this great Latin White guy from Mexico have a single sister? I’m looking to get married a second time and have a least one more child. And these Hillary Clinton Anglo White types are depressing me, I’d rather be kidnapped by Al Qaeda than have to spend my life with the likes of these Hillaries.

    🙂

  22. @Chechar: You are clearly a Mediterranean. But a Mediterranean who is neither dark-skinned nor “coarse”. You are among the best tenth of the racial elements native to Mexico today, for sure.

    You’d probably be 8-10 on the McColloch scale. But that scale is arbitrary, meant for Nordic preservation.

    On the question of Nordicism: You sound like a rational person, and therefore recognize that the Nordic elements of European-Mankind are the most distinct and therefore most valuable. (A certain subsection of Mediterranean-racialists get hysterical on this point and lose all rationality). But as Jack-Ryan wrote, it’s often the men who are slightly more peripheral who are the best political assets anyway. Dr.Sunic himself, one of the brilliant minds of “postmodern” racialist discourse, might place lower than you on the scale!

  23. Just note these women

    This is a consequence of female behavior, not Nordic behavior. Women seek high status, wealthy men.

  24. Wanderer: He is also 25%(?) Italian, and as Erik-Nordman wrote, that clearly is his dominant phenotype.

    That is his approximate phenotype.

    You accept him then, he should represent you, Italy?

  25. And I know from experience that it is often those Whites who are a bit lower on the White scale who fight hardest for the White side.

    The most notable figures in American racialism are Nordish. William Pierce and David Duke for instance, both Central Nordish.

    Chechar, you look distinctly Mediterranid for sure. You say you are not of Mexican descent, only by birth, a pure European? I appreciate your racial values of course.

  26. Dr.Sunic himself, one of the brilliant minds of “postmodern” racialist discourse, might place lower than you on the scale!

    We’d have to see more pics of Chechar, but from the one he linked to I’d say Dr. Sunic is higher, Sunic looks more Central European than distinctly Mediterranean like Chechar. I’d put Sunic at around a seven.

    Anyway the scale is not a total value of someone’s worth, only a matter of racial preservation and “racial average is racial destiny.”

  27. @ “We’d have to see more pics of Chechar…”

    That photo showed how I looked at fifteen. This YouTube video, where I scold a Jew, shows how I look at fifty (& in this high-resolution still photo my arm & hand holds a book of another Jew).

  28. @Wanderer:

    I’m not sure exactly in how many districts the SD ran, but I think it was in all 29 Riksdag districts and in at least 3/4 of the counties. I think it’s safe to say that ‘most anyone who wanted to vote for the SD, could do so.

    The ND did run and preliminary results indicate that all they managed was to keep the three council seats they already had, of which two are in their power base of Sodertalje.

    The last votes (domestic and foreign absentee ballots) will be counted Wedneday and the official result will be posted Thursday.

    Sweden (about the size of California) is divided into 29 districts, with 310 seats divided among them, based on each districts population. They are alloted according to a mathematical formula that provides proportional representation.

    In addition, there are 39 at-large seats. They are alloted so that any lack of proportionality among the 310 seats is rectified. An interesting fact is that this system has worked very well since its introduction in 1970, but now that there are eight parties (as opposed to five in 1970), it has become less accurate, which has triggered a discussion of increasing the number of at-large seats.

    Each of Sweden’s 286 counties has it’s own parliament of council, consisting of between 31 and 101 members, with a miniature version of the national system.

    The only really radically racialist party to gain representation anywhere was the Swede’s Party (formerly National Socialist Front). Their leader has moved to a small county where it only takes 90 votes to get one council seat and he is now a council member.

  29. I guess I was wrong about the 1/8 part. I was pretty sure he had said that, but his mix is for sure interesting.

    Regarding the non-ethnic vote. I doubt there is a way to know, since it would probably be considered racist to list voters by ethnicity. However; in order to vote in council elections, you need only to be a permanent resident of Sweden for no less than three years. Citizenship is not a requirement, as it is in national elections.

  30. Thanks very much, Erik, for your efforts at educating us. I wish I knew more about this, as half my ancestors come from Scandinavia.

    I will try to resummarize your information, and some more I’ve found in researching this, to see if I understand. Please correct anything you see that is wrong:

    Racialist Parties that compete in elections
    –SD [Sverige-Demokraterna] are moderate nationalists, ala Geert Wilders or the modern-BNP. (Even softer than those?). USA-analog: a watered-down VDARE?
    –ND [National-Demokraterna] are true racial-nationalists, most similar to the NPD in Germany or the British National-Front(?). USA-analog: David-Duke or the new “A3P” (see banner at bottom of this page)?
    –SP [“Swedes Party”] is radical racialist, self-described “National-Socialists”. USA-analog: George-Lincoln-Rockwell?

    Federal Level Results in 2010 (Riksdag, national-legislature)
    –SD ran in all 29 federal districts and won 5.7% of votes, entering the Riksdag. Best results in Skane, south-Sweden. (Why?)
    –ND ran at the federal level in __ districts but got only 0.1% of votes again.(?)
    –SP did not run at the federal level.(?)

    Local Level Results ([Kommun], like U.S. counties)
    –SD won 609 kommun-level seats in 245 of Sweden’s 286 “counties” [kommuner], [“Även i kommunvalet 2010 noterade partiet stora framgångar och erhöll preliminärt 609 mandat i 245 kommuner, vilket kan jämföras med 280 mandat i 144 kommuner efter valet 2006.”] Did it stand for election in the other 41 counties? What is the cutoff for getting a kommun-level seat?
    –SD’s best local result was 19.2% of seats in Bjuv kommun, Skane province.
    –SD got over 10% of local seats in one out of every six kommuner. Average SD vote in kommun elections: 6.1%.
    –ND won three seats at the kommun-level, two in Sodertalje. [42.7% of the people of Sodertalje county have “foreign backgrounds”]. How many other kommuner did it run in? What is the cutoff for getting a kommun-level seat?
    –SP won a seat for its leader in a rural area with a low threshold for gaining seats. Did it run in other kommuner?

    Any corrections or comments on anything above are welcomed.

  31. Erik Nordman wrote:
    Regarding the non-ethnic vote. I doubt there is a way to know, since it would probably be considered racist to list voters by ethnicity. However; in order to vote in council elections, you need only to be a permanent resident of Sweden for no less than three years. Citizenship is not a requirement, as it is in national elections.

    It’s amazing that non-citizens can vote in the kommun elections! Why would any government allow that? It’s interesting that even though foreigners are allowed to vote in the kommun elections, the SD did better there than nationally. Riksdag: SD got 5.7%; Kommuner: SD got 6.1% on average, according to the site linked above.

    For the federal elections: How easy is it to get Swedish citizenship for all these nonwhite immigrants, the Iraqis etc.?

    I’m sure I’ve seen statistics kept on Swedes with “migratory backgrounds”, including listing their ancestral-regions-of-origin. Do we have any idea what percentage of the non-European “foreign-background”-ers have gotten citizenship?

  32. My guess about the intention of the right for foreigners to vote locally, is that up until the 70s, Sweden’s foreigners were mainly Turks, Yugoslavs, Greeks and Italians, who were actively recruited to come and fill the labor shortage. These people were “ethnic” in their homes, but almost always “Swedish” in public. No riots, no b-s, no problems. These days, most of them are Swedish citizens or have dual citizenship. It probably seemed reasonable to allow them to vote locally. Just my guess.

    I believe that five years as a permanent resident with no felonies is sufficient to become a citizen. From what I’ve heard, once you’ve been a refugee for a few years, you’re easily granted permanent residence on “humanitarian” grounds. I have not details on the legal framework, though.

    I think that the reason smaller parties, like the SD, poll higher locally is that voters are afraid to “waste” their vote on a small party in the national elections, where that party may or may not reach the four percent limit. Locally, it’s easier to gain representation and if your party doesn’t make it, your “wasted” vote didn’t affect the future of the country.

    (I hope I’m making sense, it’s been a long day)

  33. Regarding an earlier question about the ND: I’ve now located the information regarding the parties that did not make it into the riksdag. The National Democrats went from 3,034 votes (for the riksdag) in 2006 (.06%) to 1,109 (.02%) votes this year! The reason is probably that those 2,000-odd people wanted to make sure that they didn’t waste their votes and cost SD their chans, so to speak.

  34. Why is my comment dated “September 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm” still “awaiting moderation”?? I posted it nearly 24 hours ago. This site is very frustrating with that.

    Mod-Control (HW?), you know I am not a spammer, so why not just put me on a safe-list to be unmoderated? Otherwise many comments may never be read.

  35. Erik, your explanation for why small parties do better in local elections makes sense. The concept of “wasting my vote” is a weakness of democracy.

    One way around this: Is to have everyone vote for their #1, #2, and #3 choices: If #1 fails to get enough votes to gain seats, the person’s vote goes to #2; if #1 and #2 fail, the vote goes to #3. Say someone is a racialist, they may vote for ND as #1, their most desired party, but it will probably fail to get over the 4%-mark to gain seats. Their #2 choice could be SD, which also might fail to get seats. Their “safe” #3 choice could be the least aggressive of the allegedly-right-wing mainstream parties. (Moderaterna? Kristdemokraterna?)

    The way it is now, many people with racialist sympathies just vote for Moderaterna or whatever and that’s it. No “wasting votes” for them!

  36. Votes by age-group

    Under-30-year-olds
    Nationwide eligible-to-vote: 19.0%
    — Exit-polled: 13.8%
    — ND voters: 38.5%
    — SD voters: 16.9%
    — SVP: 70.0%

    (SVP = Svenskarnas-Parti, “Swedes’ Party”, formerly called “National-Socialist Front”, referenced above by posters Scania and Erik-Nordman.)

    70.0% is the highest share of young voters of any party. This is true for hardline nationalist parties all across Europe, I think. As a rule, their votes are all from youth, and they don’t win seats. 20% of SVP voters are also “first-time voters” [I presume that’s what ‘Förstagångsväljare’ means?], the highest of any party too.

  37. Candidates Elected to Riksdag, 2010, by Age

    Under 30 Years old
    Sverige-Demokraterna: 3 of 20 seats [15%]

    Center-Right bloc : 7 of 173 seats
    Moderaterna: 5 of 107 seats [4.7%]
    Folkpartiet Liberalerna: 0 of 24 seats [0%]
    Center-Partiet: 2 of 23 seats [8.7%]
    Krist-Demokraterna: 0 of 19 seats [0%]

    Left-wing bloc : 9 of 156 seats
    Social-Demokraterna: 5 of 112 seats [4.5%]
    Greens: 4 of 25 seats [16%]
    Vänster-Partiet [communist]: 0 of 19 seats [0%]

    Total in new Riksdag: 19 people under-30 [of 349 seats].

  38. Candidates Elected to Riksdag, 2010, by Age

    New Riksdag Members Under 50 Years old
    Sverige-Demokraterna [SD]: 16 of 20 seats [80% of its seats made up of this age-group]

    Center-Right bloc : 99 of 173 seats [57.2%]
    Moderaterna: 68 of 107 seats [63.6%]
    Folkpartiet Liberalerna: 14 of 24 seats [58.3%]
    Center-Partiet: 11 of 23 seats [47.8%]
    Krist-Demokraterna: 6 of 19 seats [31.6%]

    Left-wing bloc : 84 of 156 seats [53.9%]
    Social-Demokraterna: 62 of 112 seats [55.4%]
    Greens: 13 of 25 seats [52.0%]
    Vänster-Partiet [communist]: 9 of 19 seats [47.4%]

    Total in new Riksdag: 199 people under-50 [57.0% of the 349 seats].

  39. Wanderer:

    I just now saw your post “September 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm”. Yes, I think your comparisons with A3P etc are about accurate.

    Yes, “forstagangsvaljare”, means first-time voter. (I have the Swedish keyboard selected, but since everyone doesn’t, I leave out the three Swedish letters.)

    There is no formal barrier in council elections. The law states that counties may choose to have between 31 and 101 seats. They also choose how to draw ward boundaries. The number of seats is usually chosen to correspond to the population.

    The smallest counties choose 31 seats and, as an example, the capital Stockholm has 101 and the second largest city, Goteborg (Gothenburg) has 81. This means that in really small counties, it doesn’t take that many votes to gain one seat, especially if your supporters are concentrated in one ward. This is how SP got that one council seat.

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