Jonas Åkerlund (politician)

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Jonas Åkerlund
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Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Blekinge
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-01-21) 21 January 1949 (age 72)
Political partySweden Democrats

Jonas Viktor Göran Åkerlund (born 21 January 1949) is a Swedish politician who was Member of the Riksdag from 2010 to 2018 and first deputy party leader for the Swedish Democrats from 2006 to 2015.


He is the party's press spokesman and member of parliament since the general elections in 2010. He started his political career in the Social Democrats party in the 1970s.[1] In 1985, he changed party affiliation to the Moderate Party, and in 1988–1991 he was the leading member of that party in the Ockelbo Municipality. In 1995 he became a member of the Swedish Democrats.[1] He was the party's press secretary in 2004–2005, and in 2005 he also worked as the party's press spokesperson. Åkerlund was elected second vice party president for SD in 2005 and vice party president in 2006. In the 2002 general elections, Åkerlund was candidate for the Riksdag as no. 16 on the SD list and first on the list in the Stockholm regional elections. He was also first on the list for SD in the Stockholm elections.[2]

In the 2006 general elections, Åkerlund was a candidate for SD for the Riksdag as the fourth choice, for Stockholm regional election as no. 9, and for Stockholm city council as no. 12 on the ballot.[3] In the parish council elections in 2009 he was the party's number one candidate in the election to the Swedish Church Convocation, and as no. 7 in the Stockholm congregation election.[4][5][6]

Åkerlund was voted into the Riksdag in the general elections in 2010, for the Blekinge electoral district in seat no. 90. As a member of the Riksdag he became member of Committee on the Constitution, and deputy member of the Committee on Business and Industry.[7]


In 2013 Åkerlund gained attention for having called immigrants "parasites" during a broadcast on SD's own radio station in 2002 after a recording of the broadcast was discovered.[8] After his comments had become more publicly known in 2013, he stated that he had said it to provoke people.[8] In 2014 he was criticised by SD party leader Jimmie Åkesson, after he was seen acting in a threatening manner towards a female journalist in the Riksdag.[9]


  1. ^ a b Carlsson, Maria (17 March 2010). "Från S till M till SD" [From Social Democrat (S) to Moderate (M) to Swedish Democrat (SD)]. Gefle Dagblad (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Val Stockholm" (in Swedish). Election Authority.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Valsedlar" [ballots] (in Swedish). Election Authority. Archived from the original on 16 September 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ "fadernaskyrka kandidater". Archived from the original on 12 August 2010.
  5. ^ "fadernaskyrka val". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010.
  6. ^ "svenskakyrkan val".
  7. ^ "Jonas Åkerlund (SD)" (in Swedish). Riksdag. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b Östman, Karin (12 November 2013). "SD-toppens rasistiska uttalanden" [Sweden Democrat's (SD) top racist statements]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  9. ^ Larsson, Mats J (24 November 2013). "Jonas Åkerlund: Jag ville provocera" [Jonas Åkerlund: I wanted to provoke]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 22 January 2015.

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