Extremism in the Nordic countries drop


Thursday, 15 September 2011
As a clear effect in Norway has revealed, there has been fall in extremism in the Nordic countries but though not outside the country in which parties lose for other reasons.

The terrorist attacks in Norway last summer has not significantly influenced public opinion on immigration and nationalist parties critical of the other Nordic countries, considers the political scientist Andreas Johansson Heino, as reported on Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.

On Monday, there was a clear reject of far right parties in the local elections in Norway. The far rights party there, the Progress Party backed by over 6 percentage points to 11 percent.

One explanation is the troublesome connection of the party with Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in cold blood on July 22.
“In Norway, there seems to be an effect of the terrorist attacks on public opinion. Votes cast for the Progress Party has apparently declined,” said Andreas Johansson Heino, who researches on nationalist political parties at Gļæ½teborg University to Dagens Nyheter.


But he does not see the same effect in Sweden and Denmark, where elections take place today.

In Denmark, the other reasons behind the Danish People's Party expected to lose support from voters in the election, could be the strong hard line on far right views, according to the paper.

In survey conducted for the daily, Dagens Nyheter in August, Sweden’s own radical far right party, Sweden Democrats saw its support fell, highlighted in a detach from the Anders Behring Breivik manifesto. Support fell from 4.8 to 2.9 percent though it is only a single poll.

Other measurements however have not shown the same results. In Finland, the far right party, True Finns according to the latest opinion poll last week lost its position as Finland's largest party, but is still high 22.1 percent.

Authorities such as Andreas Johansson Heino, is not surprised by the result. “No, I'm not surprised. Overall, it is the domestic policy factors that determine. Then there is the supports for this type of games it is not as volatile as the other parties, said Andreas Johansson Heino.
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