Far Right Party Gains in ... Sweden

Win denies coalition a majority government
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2010 5:59 AM CDT
Jimmie Akesson, chairman of the right-wing Sweden Democrats, feels the love.   (AP photo/Scanpix Sweden/Fredrik Sandberg)

(Newser) – Ah, Sweden, home of bikini models, wikileaks servers and political liberals, right? Not so fast: A far-right, anti-immigration party, oddly named the Sweden Democrats, won big in the country's general elections yesterday, denying the ruling coalition a majority government. However, the newbies are unlikely to be welcomed by the political mainstream, notes the BBC.

"We will not co-operate, or become dependent on, the Sweden Democrats," said a coalition leader. (Arrrrrrr you ready to read about Sweden's pirate party? Click here.)

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