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Jag hoppades att någon (vem vet vad de talar om) skulle göra detta.

(He wrote, in his Google© validated terrible "Swedlish".)

The Valmyndigheten (Election Authority) has an English web site available.

Welcome to the Election Authority´s web site in English! Here you will find a selection of information and material especially produced in English to provide an overview of Swedish elections and election administration.

Recent polling by Synovate - a global marketing firm - is reported in The Local:

Together, the four parties of the Alliance increased their support by 2.1 percent to 50.5 percent, according to the latest Synovate poll, which were published on Friday in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) and Sydsvenskan newspapers.

At the same time, combined support for the Red-Greens dropped by 2.7 percent to 42.2 percent, with all three parties which make up the coalition - the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Left Party; all losing support.

Meanwhile, the far-right Sweden Democrats saw their support rise by 1.3 percent to 6.0 percent, which is a statistically significant increase.

The Local is also reporting:

Sofie Jakobsson of Borgholm [a local Christian Democratic politician] on the west coast of the island of Öland announced on Thursday that she supported the introduction of municipal or state-controlled brothels in Sweden, naming it one of the top three political issues that are most important to her on her website.

Other Christian Democrat candidates and Party officials have run away from her and her announcement so fast you can see the dust rising from Denmark.  

"What she said in the survey is in no way sanctioned by us," Mikael Almqvist, the top Christian Democrat delegate on the ballot, told local newspaper Ölandsbladet on Thursday. "This is the private person Sofie Jakobsson who spoke on behalf of herself and not the party.

Arne Sjögren, the third delegate on the Christian Democrat ballot, also rejected her statement.

"This did not seem well thought out at all," he told Ölandsbladet on Thursday. "I think she regrets it."

Further to the Right a ... unique ... development:

Pia Kjærsgaard, the leader for the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti) has accepted an invitation from the far-right Sweden Democrats to take part in an election rally in Högänäs in southern Sweden on Saturday.

May be I just fell off the lefse, ligonberry, and lutfisk delivery van but International Solidarity and Co-operation between nationalist parties seems a wee tad 'against The Point & Purpose' of a nationalist party.

Or, to quote Crazy Horse, "Or not."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Sep 10th, 2010 at 06:44:41 PM EST
It may be that far right parties have cross border ties, because of the existence of the European Parliament.

There have been problems in the past, because of differences between Austrian and Italian groups over South Tyrol/Trentino-Alto Adige, but I get the impression that some sort of co-operation takes place between extremists.

by Gary J on Sat Sep 11th, 2010 at 01:17:14 PM EST
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That was supposed to be an 'ending on a light note.' :-)

There seems to be weak-to-strong connections between the various skinhead groups across national borders in Europe stretching to the US.  There's even NSDAP groups in Russia as a part of this network ... which is a bit of a mind-blower.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Sep 11th, 2010 at 01:30:02 PM EST
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