The Sweden Democrats or Swedish Democrats is a nationalist and right-wing populist political party in Sweden founded in 1988

Supervisor's Note: This functioning paper is essential for a long term Brookings project — "The One Percent Issue: Muslims in the West and the Ascent of the New Egalitarians." Different papers in the series are accessible here.

Sweden faces political impasse after far-right election gain

Supervisor's Note: This functioning paper is essential for a long term Brookings project — "The One Percent Issue: Muslims in the West and the Ascent of the New Egalitarians." Different papers in the series are accessible here.

STOCKHOLM — The leader of Sweden’s anti-immigration Sweden Democrats early on Monday said the right-wing bloc of political parties was likely headed for victory folloowing Sunday’s election for parliament.

The Rise of Sweden Democrats: Islam, Populism and the End of Swedish Exceptionalism

Editor's Note:  This working paper is part of a multi-year Brookings project—"The One Percent Problem: Muslims in the West and the Rise of the New Populists." Other papers in the series are available here.

To understand the rise of the Sweden Democrats, it is important to first consider how the party exists in opposition to Sweden’s pre-existing political landscape, which had been governed more or less by a centrist consensus emphasizing humanitarianism and social welfare. The current ruling party