Erik Almqvist

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Erik Almqvist
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Almqvist in 2010
Member of the Riksdag
In office
4 October 2010 – 21 February 2013
Succeeded byAnna Hagwall
ConstituencyVästra Götaland County North
Chairman of the Sweden Democratic Youth
In office
2007 – November 2010
Preceded byMartin Kinnunen
Succeeded byWilliam Petzäll
Personal details
Erik Anders Almqvist

(1982-05-24) 24 May 1982 (age 39)
Stockholm, Sweden
Political party
  • SD (until 2013)
  • Independent (2013–present)
Other political

Erik Anders Almqvist (born 24 May 1982) is a Swedish former politician. As a former member of the Sweden Democrats, he was member of the Swedish Riksdag from 2010 until his resignation on 21 February 2013.


Prior to becoming a member of the Sweden Democratic Youth, Almqvist was first a member of the Young Left and later of the Liberal Youth of Sweden from 1998 to 2004.

From 2007 to 2010, he was chairman of the Sweden Democratic Youth. During this years the membership and activity rise significantly as a result of a more activist approach, which began in the autumn of 2008 when it conducted a square meeting tour against Swedish hostility, during which Almqvist spoke and said that there was a structural hostility against Swedes that was hidden by "the establishment".[2] The campaign was marked by widespread and violent counter-demonstrations.[3][4] He has also been the political secretary of the party in Skåne Regional Council.

On January 17, 2012 Almqvist took office as economic policy spokesman for his party. The former spokesman was criticized for being a weak debater and was replaced.[5]

Almqvist was highlighted in April 2009 for a video from a conference trip with the youth league, where he and William Petzäll, then vice chairman of the youth league, sang and listened to songs from so-called white power music.[6] In June 2010, Almqvist was involved in an altercation with a Swedish comedian Soran Ismail known as the "Iron Bar Scandal" in which he and several other leading SD politicians had filmed themselves calling people "Babbe" (derogatory insult meaning foreigner), "whore", brandishing iron poles and finally leaving the scene after talking to arriving policemen and chortling about how easy it is to "suck up" to the police.[7]

In November 2012 the newspaper Expressen followed up the quarrel with Ismail, and could show unedited footage from the event, where Almqvist said that Ismail has a "behaviour like a babbe" (in Swedish, babbe is an invective word for an immigrant) and used epithets like "pussy". He also called a young Swedish woman "a little whore".[8] SD has criticized Expressen for "cuttings and pastings" in the footage and that they do not want to show all the filmed material, which contrasts diametrically with the proven facts that SD had in fact manipulated the film and removed all traces of their actions.[9] This event led to his resignation from the position as economic policy spokesman for the party and his place in the executive committee of the party and in the party board.[10]

He resigned from the Riksdag and renounced his membership in the Sweden Democrats on 21 February 2013.[11]

He now lives in Budapest, Hungary.[12]


  1. ^ Erik Almqvist moves to Hungary
  2. ^ "Tema: Stureplansmyten". Expo (2011/1).
  3. ^ Counter-demonstrants protested against SD
  4. ^ Ägg och stenkastning mot SDU
  5. ^ He is the new economic policy spokesperson
  6. ^ White-power music on SDU meeting Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "High representant within SD in fight with comedian". Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  8. ^ Almqvist in attack
  9. ^ SD kräver få se hela filmen Studio Ett.
  10. ^ Almqvist resigns from several positions within his party.
  11. ^ "Almqvist från riksdag till mediejobb". Svenska Dagbladet. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  12. ^ Erik Almqvist moves to Hungary
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