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...that's quite an increase, right? And surprise?
and with neither the left or right blocks having an overall majority - they are the Kingmakers
Does Sweden really exist ?
In the style you would if you were describing it to a 10 year old.
Overal no. needed for outright majority; 176
Right Wing bloc: 172 seats
Left Wing bloc: 157 seats
Extreme right : 20 seats
Thus the right wing Aliance (Moderates,Centre Party, People's Party, Christian Democrats) are 4 short of holding an overall parliamentary majority
The extreme right Sweden Democrats with their 20 seats could, in principle form a coalition with either side to give them an outright majority HOWEVER both left and right coalitions have made it clear that the Sweden Democrats are politically persona non grata
So what's going to happen?
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister and leader of the Moderates (113 seats) has said that he will approach or rather try and poach the Green Party from the left wing coalition to join the right and form a Government.
The Green party spokesperson has said that isn't going to happen in a million years and that the left coalition will not be broken up.
Which leaves the right wing alliance with the simple option of attempting minority rule
Thing is, if the extreme right Sweden Democrats are not approached to form a Government with the right wing alliance then they will naturally oppose the right alliance in Parliament
SO, in sum
All of this points to a situation in two weeks time where the right wing Alliance will have their preliminary budget voted down and we'll be returning to the polls mid October
I hope that's clear
I would imagine Sweden lacks for (a) lots of non-white minorities and (b) east European immigrants doing all the manual labour. If that's the case who is marginalising the indigenous working class who does the extreme right scapegoat in order to get their votes?
Obviously I'm probably basing the question on erroneous ideas of the Swedish population.
"The largest immigrant group is from neighbouring Finland, followed by people from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Poland."
according to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11360495
8.3% of the UK population were foreign-born, according to Wiki's reporting of the 2001 census. statistics.gov.uk
Top ten non-UK birthplaces (2001)
Republic of Ireland: 494,850
South Africa: 140,201
By 2007 this had increased to 10.6 per cent, according to http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/population_trends/PT135POPCOBARTICLE.pdf
In short: Fewer immigrants in the UK than Sweden.
That's not what properly gets people's back up though is it? It's brown people wot are the baddies innit.
No? Skin colour's obviously convenient for some people's racist views but I'd guess the vast amount of support the BNP gets comes from people who think they would have better jobs and/or homes if immigrants weren't there. I don't think racism really comes into it at a base level but obviously general discontent is fed into hatred generally.
Anyway, I hadn't realised Sweden had such a large immigrant population percentage, though really this sort of thing is meaningless without employment figures too, I guess.
I agree that (perceptions) regarding employment are a key factor.
But it's nice to be able to whip out the factoid that Sweden roughly has 30% more immigrants than us to anyone who's argument revolves around the blunt statement that "there's too many of 'em" or whatever.
that they are after!
Firstly there is the plain old populist right wing attack that everything that is wrong is because of these people coming over here and taking yr jobs/benefits etc.
They also campaigned on being hardline against crime with increased sentencing etc. and on better conditions for pensioners - and given that 25% - ONE WHOLE QUARTER - of Sweden's electorate is over 65 (and thus can probably remember when Sweden WAS some kind of Pippi Longstocking/sauna full of blondes utopia) a fair whack of their votes will be from grumbly old farts.
Having said all this, immigration IS a big problem in Sweden, not because of race but because of class. Mass immigrations of (particularly, but not exclusively) Iraqis, Palestinians, former-Yugoslavs, Afghans and Somalis have caused real divisions in many communities that have been ill-prepared for their number and the types of (different an difficult) problems they have brought with them due to circumstances back home. They have essentially become an underclass.
Not one of the mainstream parties has dared discuss any of these issues because, well... it's a hardly a badge of success to shout about and I guess they haven't wanted to derail their own agendae into murky waters.
All this has allowed the far-right to work in the shadows to press some half-truths and untruths and wave the age-old populist flags
Any news on the coalition front, then?
and the same thing will happen in Finland. Actually it's already happening, the idiots here are just more cunning, meaning their not CARVING SWASTIKAS ON THEIR FOREHEADS!:
You can call a painting disgusting without denouncing paint, brushes and canvases.
Good effort though.
like when you write a letter on a piece of paper held on your forehead and you do it back to front, or whatever it is? :-)
would lead to people being a little more chilled out.
just goes to show.
It really really does.