Europe 2018: Elections in Sweden

Kursnummer: 16918

Part 11: Elections in Sweden: does the far right set the agenda?

When:  Monday, 3 September 2018, from 9:30 to 12:30
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Vienna
Seminar language: English
Registration Deadline:  31 August 2018

Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.



The international image of Sweden could be reduced to several positive stereotypes: well functioning welfare state, egalitarian society, and international solidarity.

Recently, during a live interview, a BBC reporter almost apologised to his Swedish colleague for asking him about the incident that shocked the nation: a policeman killed a man with a Down syndrome who carried a toy gun. While the British reporter was cautious and apologetic, the Swede replied straight forward: There are guns and gang wars in Sweden.

In 2018, several reportages in the international media broke the taboo: they reported on gang wars in urban areas with strong presence of the immigrant population. How serious is the problem?

Immigration has become an important election’s issue and the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats hope to get up to 20% of the votes.

What has been happening on the Swedish political scene? Why are the voters disenchanted with the traditional political parties, when, according to the polls, they do maintain trust in democracy and country`s institutions? Which issues matter to the voters who will cast their ballot on 9 September?



Lars Trägårdh, historian, university professor, book author, commentator.

Sofia Nerbrandjournalist, editorial writer and columnist for Svenska Dagbladet and other liberal media; chairwomen of the think tank Bertil Ohlininstitutet.



Presentations, Q&A, dialogue


Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.


Number of participants

Maximum 15



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Further Questions

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03.09.201809:30 - 12:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Sofia Nerbrand, Lars Trägårdh
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien