Sweden Democratic Youth
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|Sweden Democratic Youth
|Headquarters||Riksgatan 1, Stockholm|
|Mother party||Sweden Democrats
Sweden Democrat Youth (Sverigedemokratisk Ungdom, SDU) was the youth league of the Swedish political party Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) until 12 September 2015, when the party announced that they would break with the youth league after an extended conflict with its mother party amid allegations that members had collaborated with the fascist Nordic Youth organization. The leading members of SDU, amongst others leader Jessica Ohlson and former leader Gustav Kasselstrand, would then go on to form the right-wing populist party Alternative for Sweden in March 2018.
The youth league was founded in 1993 as an independent youth league to its parent party. The original name was Sverigedemokraternas Ungdomsförbund (Sweden Democratic Youth Association), but the organization was soon renamed Sverigedemokratisk Ungdom. The youth league was disbanded in 1995 due to rampant problems with neo-Nazism in the ranks, but was reestablished as an independent organization in 1998.
Chairmen of the SDU
- Jimmy Windeskog (1998–2000)
- Jimmie Åkesson (2000–05)
- Martin Kinnunen (2005–07)
- Erik Almqvist (2007–10)
- William Petzäll (2010–11)
- Gustav Kasselstrand (2011–15)
- Jessica Ohlson (2015–)
- (in Swedish) SDU website