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Sweden Elections: Far-right are expected win big as major parties falter

The party's support was widely underestimated before the previous election and some online surveys give them as much as 25%, a result that would be likely to make them the biggest party

Reuters 

Swedes voted on Sunday in an election dominated by fears over asylum seekers and welfare, with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats vying to become the biggest party in a country long seen as a bastion of liberal values. Far-right parties have made spectacular gains throughout Europe in recent years after a refugee crisis sparked by civil war in Syria and conflicts in Afghanistan and parts of Africa. In Sweden, the influx of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 has polarised voters, fracturing the political consensus and could give the Sweden Democrats, a party with roots in the ...

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 02:40 IST
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