Party of the Swedes
|Party of the Swedes|
|Founded||22 November 2008|
|Political position||Far right|
|Politics of Sweden
The Party of the Swedes originated as Folkfronten ("the people's front"), an openly neo-Nazi party founded in 2008 by members of the National Socialist Front (NSF), the largest Swedish Nazi party at the time. The current name was introduced in 2009 after a socialist group had registered NSF with the Election Authority of Sweden, blocking its use. The party's only success in elections was a single municipal mandate in the small community of Grästorp in Västra Götaland in western Sweden, which was lost after it was revealed that their representative, Daniel Höglund, was not registered as a resident, a requirement for members of municipal councils in Sweden.
The party itself describes its politics as nationalist and wishes to limit Swedish citizenship to individuals that belong to the "Western genetic and cultural legacy".
The party was founded as Folkfronten ("the people's front") in November 2008 by members of the now-defunct National Socialist Front and is chaired by Stefan Jacobsson. The name of the party was changed in 2009 to avoid confusion and loss of votes in the upcoming 2010 elections; when they filed an application to the Election Authority of Sweden it became apparent that a newly established socialist group had been registered under the same name only weeks before to block them from using that party name.
In the 2010 elections the party received 102 votes or 2.8 per cent in the elections to the council of Grästorp Municipality, giving them one mandate. According to the anti-racist watchdog Expo, this made them the first National Socialist party to get a seat in a Swedish political assembly since the end of World War II. At the second meeting of the council, the policies surrounding public tenders was to be decided and the initial proposal gave preference to bidders with higher health and safety standards and lower environmental impact. Daniel Höglund managed to gather support for an additional sentence in the paragraph on the latter, that meant that Swedish labourers and companies should be given preference over say, Polish workers, given the potential differences in travel distance. At first it sounded innocent, other politicians told Expressen, but when later reflecting upon the consequences they recanted the decision and ensured that his suggestion will not have any influence what tenders will be picked.
A prerequisite for holding a mandate at a municipal council is that one lives in that municipality. However, after a few weeks and after the official records was reviewed, it was revealed that Höglund was registered as living in the neighbouring municipality and he was subsequently deprived of his seat. Höglund was the only name on the printed ballot, but small parties often let their ballot remain unlocked; meaning that voters can add additional candidates to the ballot themselves. On one of the ballots someone had written the name of another party member, Krister Johansson. However, he declined to fill the seat and thus, the party will lack representation at the council for the rest of the mandate period. According to Höglund, Johansson's unwillingness to sit was motivated by fear of losing his job; the biggest customer of the company that Johansson worked at said that they would cease buying their services if they had an employee representing a racist party in an elected assembly.
Though receiving no votes at all, the party gained another seat in Nykvarn Municipality, when an independent member of the municipal assembly (elected for the National Democrats, which received two members in the election of 2010) joined the PoS. The party gained a third assemblyman in Mönsterås municipal council when an independent former Sweden Democrat joined the party. Two Sweden Democrats defected to the party in Hedemora city council, though one of them soon left the PoS as well, pushing the number of active representatives back to three. The only elected seat, in Grästorp, remains unoccupied by any party.
The party describes its ideology as nationalism based on a biological ground. The political program states that:
- Sweden should also in the future be Swedish: Only people who belong to the western genetic and cultural heritage, where ethnic Swedes are included, should be Swedish citizens.
- Sweden shall be governed by the Swedes: Non-Swedes shall not be allowed to hold positions of power in Swedish society.
- Sweden shall be governed for the Swedes: All policy decisions should be based on what is best for the interests of ethnic Swedes.
- Sweden shall be governed as effectively as possible: The state apparatus shall be headed by a modern system of government that benefits the Swedes as efficiently as possible. The form of the government must be based on competence and responsibility, and its mission must always be to serve the people, not vice versa. The government's motto should be improvement, development and what's best for all of the people.
- Sweden shall have actual self-government: Collaborations with other countries shall be gladly carried out, but no agreement stating that a supranational government will be accepted.
- Sweden shall be a safe country to live in: Security, both individual and economic, should be one of the society's foundations.
- Freedom of expression: All questions shall be allowed to be discussed in Sweden, research shall be free, and restriction of privacy by governmental surveillance of non-criminal citizens shall not be allowed.
- Swedish resources shall be owned by the Swedish people: Major Swedish natural resources and public utilities should be owned by the Swedish people meaning that all profits from such business returns to the population and not to foreign or private interests.
- Community cohesion and social justice should permeate society: Class fragmentation should be replaced by class community whereby all of the peoples' creative and productive efforts are highly valued and no social group is allowed to advance at the expense of any other.
- Sweden shall have strong environmental and animal welfare goals: Sweden has unique nature that is worth protecting and preserving. Food industry and other industries dealing with livestock must be ethically sound and sustainable.
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- (Swedish) Official website of Party of the Swedes