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What initially appeared as an easy victory for the Conservative alliance in the Swedish Parliamentary election has turned out to become a political chaos. To win the election in Sweden a party or alliance needs to win the most mandates. The Conservatives did win the election with 172 mandates, while the Social Democrats got 157, which is more close then anticipated.

What frightens me is that the Swedish Democrats, a party very hostile to immigration, had their best election ever, with 5.8 percent of the votes. This means that for the Conservatives to keep their majority in the Riksdag they may be forced to join forces with those who have the mandates they need. Officially, the Green Party has turned down the offer to cooperate as they belong to the left side of the political spectrum. This is a complicated situation, because if the Green party refuses to cooperate with the Conservative Alliance, it means that the Swedish Democrats may have some influence on Swedish politics in the years to come, and thereby lay the foundations for gaining even greater strength towards the next parliamentary election in four years.

Some people say there is little to worry about. I say there is little to worry about only for the short time being. The Swedish Democrats have no clear policy on, for example, the welfare state, which is extremely important in the Scandinavian countries. That may be a reason why the party still stays isolated from the more established parties, since it seems that they only are a protest party with one policy on their agenda, their hostile immigration policy.

Although the outcomes of this political situation is not set in stone, I can confidently tell you this: there is without a doubt a right wing uprising across Europe these days. Right wing parties all over Europe have increased in popularity the last couple of years, and it is likely they will continue to grow. The financial crisis and despair with the ruling governments have gotten some of the blame for this uprising. It seems to be causing Europe to move towards a challenging time both politically and economically, with extremists on all sides of the political spectrum taking advantage of it the best they can—and with success.

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