The international press reports that far right party made landslide gains in the Swedish election, but the people of Sweden disagree

Jack Webb@JackWebb92
Monday 10 September 2018 08:30
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The Swedish election has fallen victim to severe misreporting by the international press and this is a problem.

If you happen to take a look online for news surrounding the Swedish election, what you'll find from most international press is the fixation on a far-right party, the Swedish Democrats, 'gaining ground' or other such colourful sensationalist headlines.

The fact of the matter is the results of the election are not nearly as bad as most press outside of Sweden have reported.

The Swedish Democrats were predicted to gain around 28-30 per-cent of the vote, yet they only received 17.6, so this means they won't have any ministers and they won't be involved in any coalition governments.

The election itself resulted in a hung parliament in lieu of a clear majority.

In the run up to the election, many polls were spelling doom and gloom for Sweden.

According to The Local, the problem is entirely down to journalists basically not knowing anything about the Swedish government or political process and making assumptions to chase clicks, which results in 'simplistic, sensationalist journalism'.

Going by the election results, fewer than 1 in 5 Swedes voted for a far right party.

That means that 4 in 5 Swedes voted for a left party, but you probably won't see many headlines saying this.

Sensationalism aside, the people of Sweden and beyond have taken to Twitter to set the record straight:

The real story, it would seem, is that more than 80 per-cent of Sweden voted emphatically against fascism.

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