|Chairman||Carl P. Herslow|
|Founded||24 March 1979|
|Headquarters||Malmgatan 16, Malmö|
|Colours||Blue, white, yellow, red|
The Scania Party (Swedish: Skånepartiet) is a right-wing populist, anti-immigration political party in the Swedish province of Scania, established in 1979. The party leader, and founder, is Carl P. Herslow.
The original aims of the party were abolition of the Swedish state's monopoly of the radio and television market, and self-government for Skåne. Originally the party advocated full independence, as a republic, but later altered position to back devolution within the Swedish state. Lately however the party has again re-iterated a desire for full sovereignty. The party started criticizing the immigration policy in the mid-1980s, and since the 2000s focused heavily on an aggressive campaign against Islam. Its electorate has shrunk at the same time and it is today not represented in any council, losing their last local seats in the 2006 election.
The party was founded on 24 March 1979 in Lund. Based on the Scania Movement founded in 1977, its initial main issues was to achieve regional autonomy for Scania, particularly regarding the mass media, alcohol, energy, tourism and education policy. It ran for the 1979 election on the three main issues; a Scanian provincial government, an independent Scanian TV channel with broadcasting associations, based on ad-support, and the free sale of beer, wine and liquor in Scania. The election was however ultimately a failure for the party. The party started local radio broadcasts in 1982. Although the party had put in much work for the 1982 election, the party again failed to win any representation.
By 1984, the party reportedly had more than 4,000 members, and had expanded its radio broadcasts. The party was also radicalized, now demanding Scania to become an independent republic. The party also started to criticize the economic, social and cultural consequences of the immigration policy. For the 1985 election, the party finally broke through, and helped to remove the Social Democratic Party from power in Malmö for the first time in 66 years, winning 5 mandates. It also became represented in a few other municipalities. In the 1988 election, the party was reduced to 3 mandates in Malmö and lost its representation in all other municipalities except one. The party held municipal seats only in Malmö through the 1990s. In the late 2000s, the party has failed to win any representation, and has been marginalized in the competition with the advancing Sweden Democrats.
The party states on its website that its policy is based on the two main demands of "more restrictive immigration and refugee policies, and the elimination of Islam." It further promotes 12 key policies;
- Scania to become a free republic, a member of the European Union and NATO
- a stop of immigration of refugees and similar
- Islam to be eliminated, the Muslims must move to Sweden (i.e. out of Scania)
- all pension promises to be unconditionally fulfilled
- more money to healthcare, the elderly and handicapped
- utilize both reactors at the Barsebäck nuclear power plant
- pupils must have respect for teachers and adults
- better crimefighting with more police etc.
- liberalise the labour market, stop welfare fraud
- reduce the tax burden when Scania's state debt is paid
- abolish the state alcohol monopoly administered by Systembolaget
- stop the "communist radio and television empire"
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