The Swedish approach to tackling violent right-wing extremism

Violent right-wing extremism (VRWE) is continuing to grow as a threat in Europe and beyond. A country that has had extensive experience in dealing with various manifestations of VRWE is Sweden. During the RAN Practitioners Study Visit on VRWE to Stockholm, Sweden, which took place from 6 to 7 March 2023, 14 practitioners from all over Europe had the chance to gain first-hand insight into the workings of several organisations that are part of Sweden’s whole-of-society approach to tackling VRWE and related issues.

This paper begins with a short history of (violent) right-wing extremist groups in Sweden. Then, the approaches of the two organisations and their place in the Swedish national approach are explained, based on the presentations provided during the study visit. Lastly, the highlights of the discussion are formulated, as well as a way forward.

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