Sweden Democrats

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The Sweden Democrats (Swedish: Sverigedemokraterna, SD) are a political party in Sweden, founded in 1988. SD describes itself as a nationalist movement. Party chairman is Jimmie Åkesson since 7 May 2005. Björn Söder is conjointly the party secretary since 2005 and the parliamentary group leader since the 2010 general election. An Anemone hepatica flower (blåsippa) is the current symbol of SD since 25 May 2006.[5]

The Sweden Democrats claim 4,571 members in 2010. SD is divided in eighteen district party associations throughout Sweden, as well as in various local or municipal associations.[6] Young members are organised in the Sweden Democratic Youth (SDU). The actual youth organisation was founded in 1998. On 20 November 2010, William Petzäll MP was appointed as the new chairman of SDU. Petzäll replaced Erik Almqvist MP, chaiman of SDU during three years (2007-2010).[7] Since the 2010 general election, Petzäll and Almqvist represent respectively the constituencies of Dalarna and Västra Götaland north in the Swedish parliament (Riksdag).

The party also distributes a newspaper to its members, SD-Kuriren. Since 2005 the paper has been printed in tabloid format, and approximately 28,000 copies have been published. The musician Richard Jomshof is chief editor of SD-Kuriren since 2000. Since the 2010 general election, Jomshof represents the Gävleborg constituency in the Riksdag.

In the 2010 general election, the Sweden Democrats for the first time crossed the four percent threshold necessary for a parliamentary representation. The party polled 5.70% (339,610 votes) and won twenty parliamentary seats.[1][2] According to the latest poll of Sifo/Svenska Dagbladet realized with 1,889 persons on 1-11 November 2010, SD reached 6.9%, which represented an increase of 0.5% compared to the precedent analogue poll.[8][9]

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