Published 20th June, 2014
The Swedish Democrats or SD were founded on 6th February 1988 as a successor to the Sweden Party. They describe themselves as Right-wing and believe in Swedish nationalism, Euroscepticism, Right-wing populism and Anti-immigration.
In the early years the party had a reputation as being a far-right extremist party but from the late 1990s it tried to soften its image, including a change of logo and the ousting of the more extreme elements. This seems to have paid off because after a string of general elections when they won no seats in 2010 they took 20 of the 349 seats in the Riksdag. Since then, however, it has faced a number of controversies in the media relating to the activities of some of its members.