The nationalist movement and its crazy ways

by Andreea Vasile

Anders Behring Breivik is the responsible perpetrator from the 22nd of July events in Norway. He was a declared anti-multiculturalist and right-wing militant. I do not know where the right-wing positions itself in Norway since I did not read much about it, nor been to Norway, but I know how the situation regarding this is in Sweden. A very strange one on the reasons I am about to explain next.


The Sweden Democrats, a nationalist movement, managed in the 2010 general elections to get, for the first time, in the parliament. The party polled 5.7% and won 20 parliamentary seats. This increase in popularity has been compared by international media to other similar anti-immigrant movements in Europe.

The Sweden Democrats believe that the current Swedish immigration and integration policies have been a failure.SD feels that the current situation with a large number of immigrants living in cultural enclaves is not beneficial for the country. The immigrants themselves are rootless, there have been rising antagonistic tensions between various population groups (socially, ethnically, religiously and culturally), and the immigration in itself, SD says, has caused social and economic strains on the country.

As the party considers Sweden to have had too much immigration in later years, which it claims have seriously threatened national identity and societal cohesion, SD wants to reinstate a common Swedish national identity which in turn would mean a stronger inner solidarity. SD rejects the policy of multiculturalism, but accepts a multiethnic society where cultural assimilation is promoted.


BUT CHECK THIS OUT! According to Aftonbladet, 14% of SD members are of immigrant origin,which corresponds to the proportion of foreign-born in Sweden. For the 2010 election in the municipality of Södertälje (Stockholm County), SD was the only party with a majority of immigrants on its electoral list, mostly Chaldean Christians from the Middle East.

Isn’t this completely fucked up? Nationalist movement mostly made out of people of immigrant origins going against immigrats.

Editor’s note: I have copy/pasted some of the information as written on Wikipedia. Information is correct as I had my first talk about this on July 18th with Eva Gabrielsson, the long-life partner of Stieg Larsson, lively activist against right-wing movements.

Parliament of Sweden
Election year # of total votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
1988 1,118 0.0% 0
1991 4,887 0.1% 0
1994 13,954 0.3% 0
1998 19,624 0.4% 0
2002 76,300 1.4% 0
2006 162,463 2.9% 0
2010 339,610 5.7% 20
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Corina July 24, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Reminds me of black conservatism in the States, which can give birth to all sorts of weird ideological monsters.

Andreea July 24, 2011 - 8:02 pm

black conservatism? so they don’t let chinese people in? 😀


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