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What the UK media is getting wrong about the Swedish election results

The obsession with the Swedish far right belies a more complex picture of a diverse country

By Dominic Hinde  

The Swedish election results are more mixed than the English media would have you believe. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

If you had read any English language newspaper or website over the past week you could be forgiven for thinking that Sweden was on the cusp of civil war.

Hunting for another round of European populism in response to the refugee crisis, the international press zeroed in on the far-right Sweden Democrats—and built a narrative about a Sweden petrified by immigration and crime.

Sweden’s place as a progressive pin-up means it…

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