Sweden's election results show anti-immigration tide in Europe can still be kept in check

Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson speaking at Kristallen restaurant in central Stockholm, on Sept 9, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

A far-right, anti-immigrant party has boosted its share of the vote in Sweden's general elections, giving it an enhanced voice in the politics of the Scandinavian country, one of Europe's most prosperous nations.

But the Sweden Democrats - as the nationalist movement which advocates closing the country's borders to immigrants is called - gained less votes than initially projected, giving hope to politicians throughout Europe that the continent's anti-immigration tide can still be kept in check.

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