September 8, 2018  |  Updated October 15, 2018

#ElectionWatch: Disproportionate Support for Swedish Fringe Party

By DFRLab and Christina Apelseth
Unusual online support for ultra-nationalist group ahead of Swedish general elections

As Sweden’s general elections approach, one group seems to be gaining traction online — without much acknowledgment from anyone but those within their own network.

Alternativ för Sverige (AfS, Alternative for Sweden) does not currently hold any seats in Parliament, but it is bidding to secure its place in the 2018 elections, which are to be held on September 9. Political discussions largely discount this likelihood, but AfS’ presence online created an illusion of significant support.

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