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Swedish government invests Skr62 million to combat extremism 

Friday, 09 December 2011
The Swedish government announced on Friday its plan of action against violent extremism. In it some Skr62 million is t be invested by 2014 to counter extremism in the schools, the Internet and in community.

EU and Democracy Minister, Birgitta Ohlsson, announced at a press conference on the country's first plan of action to defend democracy against violent extremism.
“It is with pride that I present Sweden's first ever action plan against violent extremism,” said Birgitta Ohlsson.


Between the period 2012 and 2014, the government will invest Skr62 million in the fight against violent extremism. The goal is to raise awareness of extremism that could lead to violence.

The work plan has been ongoing for three years and is based on several applications from the Swedish Association of Local, National Council, institute of crime prevention (Brå), Youth Board and security service, SAPO.

The government has focused on three groups: White Power movement, the autonomous left, and the violent Islamism.

Birgitta Ohlsson says that Taimour Abdulwahab terrorist attacks on Drottninggatan in Stockholm last year showed how vulnerable the Swedish open society is. She also mentioned Anders Behring Breivik terror killing though in Norway, the Gothenburg riots and police killings in Malexander.

“Security Service says there are too few subjects of groups that should be able to present a serious threat to democracy, but we must have an ever-watchful eye. We should not overestimate or underestimate these groups,” says Birgitta Ohlsson.

The action plan focuses on six areas. The Government wants to strengthen the awareness of democratic values and increase knowledge about violent extremism. Efforts to prevent individuals joining violent extremist groups will be strengthened and the government would also strengthen international cooperation.
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