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Parties in the Parliament

Moderata Samlingspartiet (Moderate Party)

[Moderaterna flag] by Marcus Wendel

Moderaterna (Moderate Party) is the Swedish conservative party.
Marcus Wendel, 5 September 1999


The logotype of Moderata Samlingspartiet, a designed version of the initial letter of the party name, was appropved by the executive board of the party in 1969. This was soon after the party changed name from Högerpartiet (The Right Party). The production designer Carl Göran Craaford made the initial design work.

When presented, the symbol was blue. In the spring of 1969 the colour was changed to wine-red, which it was throughout the election campaign 1970. The reason of the change was that red was considered as a better color to attract attention. While blue traditionally has been the colour of the party and red often associated to left-wing parties, the colour changed back to blue.

During the eighties the tone of the blue colour was changed a couple of times. In 1998 the symbol was added with a coloured corona of yellow and red. The purpose is to let the party symbol say something more to take a step forward but still keep the values of our classical brand.
Niklas Claesson (Moderaterna), 16 Sep 1999


Moderaterna also uses a version with "Moderaterna" written in black below the logo.
Niklas Claesson (Moderaterna), 20 Sep 1999


Centerpartiet (Centre Party)

The Centre Party (agrarian party) is often displaying all-green flags together with the Swedish flag.
Elias Granqvist 13 August 1999


Centerpartiet also used a green flag with their logo.
Marcus Wendel 06 September 1999


Folkpartiet Liberalerna (People's Party the Liberals)

[Folkpartiet flag] by Marcus Wendel

The image is based on information and images recieved from Folkpartiet.
Marcus Wendel


Socialdemokraterna (Social Democratic Party)

The Social Democrats have used flags of different designs with red as a predominant colour. Sometimes they have used all-red flags.
Elias Granqvist, 13 August 1999

The first flag of Socialdemokraterna was red with
frihet
jemlikhet
broderskap
in yellow (?) centered on the flag.
Marcus Wendel, 6 September 1999


Vänsterpartiet (Left Party)

[Vänsterpartiet logo] image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 March 2006
based upon a contribution by Lowe Aspviken, 2 March 2006

The party emblem was changed in January 2006. The new emblem was designed by Anders Birgersson. It is still a red pimpernel, but it is now more stylised and seen from above. The letter V, now white and a bit narrower than before, is put in the middle of the pimpernel. I have seen a flag with this emblem used as an indoor decoration, but I have not seen it flying so far. The new flag is white, with the new emblem in the middle and the word VÄNSTERPARTIET in black letters (sans-serif) below it. This flag, like those using the old emblem, will probably be used as a complement to the classic monochrome red flags.
Lowe Aspviken, 2 March 2006


Previous party emblem
[Vänsterpartiet logo] contributed by Lowe Aspviken

The Left Party (former communists) have used red flags of different kinds.
Elias Granqvist


There is no official party flag as far as I know, but the flags distributed by the party, is rather pale red with the party's symbol in the middle on a grey field. The symbol is a V (for vänster = left) and a red pimpernel.

The Young Left (Ung vänster) has no such flag. Instead, every local organization has, or can make, it's own flag, one that is unique and represents that organization only, and is carried on solemn occasions like the 1st of May. Such flags have a long tradition in the worker's movement of Sweden. The league as a whole also has a flag like that. I was present myself when it was officially displayed for the first time, in May 2003. That flag is dark red, with the name of the League and a picture of a 1st of May-demonstration painted on one side, and on the reverse a golden torch and a quote: "keep the red flame burning". This was said by Olle Meurling, a member of the League who was killed by the fascists in the Spanish civil war.
Lowe Aspviken, 3 February 2005


Other Political Organisations

Fria Moderata Studentförbundet (Free Conservative Students)

Fria Moderata Studentförbundet (Free Conservative Students), a student organisation ideologically though not formally connected to the Moderate Party, has an official flag with is green (a slightly blueish green shade), on which is a white circle ("cannon ball") within a white laurel wreath.
Elias Granqvist, 13 August 1999


AnarkoKapitalistisk Front
(Swedish Anarcho-Capitalist Front)

[Anarcho-Capitalist Front flag] by Andrew Rogers

This is the flag of the AnarkoKapitalistisk Front, or Swedish Anarcho-Capitalist Front. You can read more about them and what they stand for on their web site: http://home.bip.net/timetraveller/ak/akf/.

As far as the flag itself, they say the black, as is traditional, stands for anarchism, while the gold stands for capitalism.
Andrew Rogers, 16 April 2002


Piratpartiet (Pirate Party)

Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) was founded in 2006. As the oldest of the Pirate parties, it has been the model to similar parties worldwide. Although currently still not represented in the Riksdag, it has more members than many parliamentary parties and is represented in the European Parliament since 2009.
Source: Wikipedia page about the party:

Party flag
[Pirate Party flag]
image by Tomislav Todoroviæ, 25-26 March 2013

Flag of Pirate Party is purple, with large logo in center. The logo is a white disk with a narrow black border, charged with a black sail on the mast, shaped so as to resemble letter P. Photos of the flag can be seen here, here and here.
This design is copied by Pirate parties in other countries, often unchanged, sometimes modified. Flag image is derived from the SVG image of  the party logo from Wikipedia:

Variant flag
[Pirate Party flag]
image by Tomislav Todoroviæ, 25-26 March 2013

A frequently used variant has smaller logo set near the hoist and the party name inscribed in white between the logo and the fly. It is offered for sale at the party Web shop, as shown here and here.
A photo of the flag in use can be found here. The typeface used may vary, even on the flags offered at the party Web shop, as shown here.
Photos of such flags can be found here, here and here.
Variant flag image isderived from the SVG image of the party logo from Wikipedia.

Vertical flag variants
[Pirate Party flag]  [Pirate Party flag]
images by Tomislav Todoroviæ, 25-26 March 2013

Vertical variants, with the logo at the top and the party name inscribed between the logo and the bottom (text rotated 90 degrees clockwise compared with the horizontal inscriptions), are very frequently used. A less oblong sub-variant, with the inscription closer to the logo, seems to be always hoisted like the German /Auslegerflaggen/, only with the sleeves for both the flagpole and the outrigger. The photos of this flag can be found here, here, here, and here.
A more oblong sub-variant, with larger distance between the inscription and the logo, is often hoisted like the German /Knatterflaggen/, only with the sleeve for the flagpole, but just like the previously described flag, may also be hoisted like the /Auslegerflaggen/ with the sleeves for both the flagpole and the outrigger. Hoisted with the flagpole only, it is shown here, here, and here; and with both the flagpole and the outrigger, it can be seen here and here.
Both images are derived from the SVG image of the party logo from Wikipedia.
Different variants of the party flag are frequently used together, as can be seen here, here and here.
Tomislav Todoroviæ, 25-26 March 2013


Skånepartiet (Scania Party)

Scania party

The Scania Party (Swedish: Skånepartiet) is a small extreme right-wing party which advocates the independence of Scania, as a republic, with the cessation of immigration into the country and expelling of all Muslim immigrants {1]. The party also insists on Nordic identity of Scania, which is also expressed by its flag: a red cross, with inner yellow and outer white borders, on blue field. According to the party Constitution, Article 2, the shades of red, yellow, white and blue are those from the flags of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, respectively [2]. The aspect ratio is 1:1. The image of the flag can be seen at the party website [3].
Sources:
[1] Wikipedia page about the Scanian Party
[2] Scania Party Constitution
[3] Scanian Party website
Tomislav Todorović, 18 July 2008


Skånepartiet was more active in the 1980's, as far as I am aware. The party would have made it to the national parliament in one election back then, if it hadn't been for the fact that a party must reach at least 4% of the votes to get seats in the parliament. I think the Scania Party is still active, but other parties has taken over some of its issues. § 2 of the party constitution also says the four coloured fields of the flag should be equal in area.

The case against Muslims seems to be very strong in Scania, making the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna, a natinalistic party) one of the biggest parties locally in some municipalities in Scania in the last elections, especially so in Landskrona.
Elias Granqvist, 25 July 2008


Hela Sverige

[Hela Sverige flag]
image by Mikael Parkvall, 08 November 2013

The flag can currently be seen in the advertisements of a campaign called "Hela Sverige – För mångfald och tolerans" [=”all of Sweden – for diversity and tolerance"] on the Swedish part of the web (possibly also IRL, though I can't recall having seen physical ads).
It apparently promotes ethnic diversity (which the colours are presumably intended to represent) and anti-racism, and is funded by a lottery.
The proportions of the flag varies, so here I used those of the official Swedish flag. The coulours, however, seem to be constant.
Their web site is found here: http://mangfaldframgang.se/
Mikael Parkvall, 08 November 2013


National Democrats (Nationaldemokraterna)

[National Democrats flag]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 03 January 2014

National Democrats (Swedish: Nationaldemokraterna) is a far-right nationalist party. It uses a plain orange flag, the ratio being that of Swedish national flag or very close.
Sources:
[1] National Democrats website - photos from May 1st rally in 2008:
[2] National Democrats website - photos from May 1st rally in 2009:
[3] National Democrats website - a report of 2012-12-13:
[4] British National Party website - report on the party officials' visit to the National Democrats:
Tomislav Todorović, 03 January 2014

The National Democrats are a minor far-right nationalist party in Sweden, headquartered in Stockholm, and formed by a faction of the Sweden Democrats in 2001. The current party leader is Marc Abramsson. The party describes itself as a democratic nationalist and ethnopluralist party (ethnopluralism is a European far-right theory of multiculturalism that supports policies of regional ethnic and racial separatism). In General Elections the party has failed to receive anything near the 4 percent necessary for parliamentary representation, however, they do currently have representation in two city governments south of Stockholm. The ND supports a small newspaper called the Nationell Idag and is affiliated with both the Euronat and Alliance of European National Movements.
In 2008, the party replaced its old logo (consisting of a blue and yellow sail) with an orange cloudberry flower. At demostrations it uses a plain orange flag, the ratio being that of Swedish national flag.
Pete Loeser, 04 January 2014

In addition to the plain orange flag, the party uses:
- orange feather flags with the cloudberry logo and inscription in white http://www.nd.se/Media/Default/Artikelbilder/2010/protestmoete-hoells-i-tranemo/1.jpg
http://www.nd.se/Media/Default/Article/20120915_124729.jpg
http://www.nd.se/Media/Default/Artikelbilder/2010/protestmoete-hoells-i-tranemo/2.jpg
- white feather flags with the cloudberry logo and inscription in orange http://motargument.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1nd.jpg
- little hanging flags, either orange or white with the cloudberry logo in the respective other colour http://motargument.se/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1nd.jpg
Marcus Schmöger, 05 January 2014


Nordic Youth (Nordisk Ungdom)

Current flag:

[National Democrats flag]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 07 January 2014
Source: http://media.nordiskungdom.com/2014/01/nordiskungdomlogotyp.png

Previous flag

[National Democrats flag]
image by Tomislav Todorović, 07 January 2014
Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20131008150811/http://nordiskungdom.se/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/NU-Logotyp.png

Nordic Youth (Nordisk Ungdom) was founded in January 2010 by former members on National Democratic Youth (Nationaldemokratisk Ungdom), youth wing of the far-right party National Democrats
(Nationaldemokraterna). Its name had already been used by the youth wing of the National Socialist Workers Party / Swedish Socialist Coalition (1933-1950), but the two organizations are otherwise unrelated. Nordic Youth describes itself as an ethnopluralist movement; in accordance with that, while insisting on Scandinavian and European identity of Swedish nation, which leads to its co-operation with similar groups from other European countries, it also claims that it is not a white racist group and co-operates with radical Islamists as well, finding the common ground with these in the anti-Zionism and support for a free Palestine and claiming that it is "a good thing to work with groups who want to live according to their own culture, religion and tradition".
Source: Wikipedia page about the Nordic Youth:  http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordisk_Ungdom_%282000-talet%29

Current flag of Nordic youth is black, charged with a crowned rampant lion in orange. Its use was first recorded in November 2013, at the Independence March in Warsaw, Poland, a yearly manifestation of Polish ultra-rightists whom the representatives of Nordic Youth and other European ultra-rightist groups had also joined [1]. The lion must have been introduced because it appears in the coats of arms of all three Scandinavian countries, although it mostly resembles the one from the Swedish coat of arms, which is in accordance with their insistence on both the Swedish nationalism and the Scandinavism. Another visual manifestation of this is the use of the flag of Norden as a pan-Scandinavian flag [1], which is also available for sale from their website [2]. The logo [3, 4] is a black disk, charged with the orange lion between white inscriptions NORDISK UNGDOM (top) and SKANDINAVIEN (bottom) and fimbriated white.
Previous flag [5] was black, charged with a white rhomboid fimbriated orange, charged with large initials NU in black and the full name inscribed in white on two smaller orange rhomboids placed above and below the initials; the letters of the full name and the rhomboids they were inscribed on were all fimbriated black. This flag resembles those of the New Force of Italy and the new Right of Romania.
The rhomboid, with an additional black fimbriation, was also used as the movement logo [6]. The last dated photos of this flag are from September 2013 [7], but it was used along with the current one for some time [2].
Sources:
[1] Nordic Youth at Facebook - photo album from the Independence March in Warsaw, Poland, November 2013
[2] Nordic Youth website - "Scandinavian flag" offered for sale (includes photos of the flag, alone and with current and previous flags of the movement)
[3] Nordic Youth website - home page.
[4] Nordic Youth website - media 
[5] Nordic Youth at Facebook - photostream
[6] Nordic Youth website at Internet Archive - previous logo (saved on 2012-07-11):
[7] Nordic Youth at Facebook - collage of photos from Italy, September 2013:

For both logos, current and previous, color values given at the website differ from those used in the model images. The first ones are sometimes obviously incorrect, which is why the latter were kept in the attached images.
Tomislav Todorović
, 07 January 2014