The party from the neo-Nazi fringe once railed against ‘the foreign threat’. Now, just weeks from polling day, the Sweden Democrats think they can win their support

At the Malmedalen political festival in Rosengård, the Sweden Democrats tent was far and away the busiest. Inside, Jörgen Grubb was taking his message of restrictive immigration, draconian law and order, and Swedish cultural nationalism to a part of Malmö where close to 90% of people have a foreign background. And it was going surprisingly well.

When a woman in a hijab raised Grubb’s party’s plans to ban full face veils, he clarified quickly that “what you have on you there, that’s absolutely OK”.

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