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Could Sweden fall to the far right?

The traditionally tolerant Nordic nation is taking a worrying turn

By Maddy Savage   September 2018

Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats, a hard-right party with neo-Nazi roots. Photo: Stefan Sollfors / Alamy

In one of the defining moments of the last Swedish general election, the country’s then prime minister and leader of the centre-right Moderate Party Fredrik Reinfeldt called on Swedes to “open their hearts” to refugees and argued that they would help to build a better Sweden. The world looked on at a traditionally tolerant nation embracing openness. 

Now, as Sweden prepares to head to the polls once again, its image is of…

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