Political and religious extremism

There are three extremist scenes in Sweden: violence-promoting Islamistic extremism, the white power movement and the autonomous movement.

Political and religious extremists typically want to change society to better suit those whom they see as belonging to their own group. They are further convinced that such changes cannot be achieved by democratic means.

Extremist movements condone — and sometimes encourage —  the use of violence, even when this involves violating the rights and freedoms of others. That said, only a limited number of their supporters have actually used, or would consider using, violence as a means of achieving their political goals.

There are three extremist scenes in Sweden: violence-promoting Islamistic extremism, the white power movement and the autonomous movement. Although these names do not give an altogether accurate description of the movements’ characteristics, they are used to emphasize that it is the extremist actions – i.e. the criminal offences – that we are referring to, and focusing on, rather than their political views and opinions.