Sweden No Longer Immune to Rise of Nationalist Populism

Sweden No Longer Immune to Rise of Nationalist Populism
Neo-nazis, rightwing extremists and white supremacists march under police supervision on their annual demonstration in memory of a young skinhead who was killed in 2000, Dec. 11, 2010 (AP Photo by Fredrik Persson, file).

Rising immigration, failed integration and the violent radicalization of a small minority of young Muslims have fueled the ascent of populist parties across Europe. Sweden is not immune, although it is different from its neighbors. Of all the Nordic countries, Sweden has the highest proportion of immigrants, and yet it has consistently registered the lowest level of support for nationalist, anti-immigration parties. That Swedish exceptionalism, however, is unlikely to last given the high levels of immigration and ongoing problems with integration. Despite having less than 2 percent of the European Union’s population, Sweden last year took in almost 20 percent […]

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