The rise of Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of Sweden Democrats

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By Rhal Ssan  & AP
The leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson celebrates at the party's election watch at Elite Hotel Marina Tower Tower in Nacka, near Stockholm
The leader of the Sweden Democrats Jimmie Åkesson celebrates at the party's election watch at Elite Hotel Marina Tower Tower in Nacka, near Stockholm   -   Copyright  Stefan Jerrevång/AP

The Sweden Democrats party has surged to become Sweden's second-largest political force after a national election dominated by fears of gang violence, and the anti-immigrant party has already reached out to its right-wing partners about forming the country's next government.

It is a far cry from when its leader, Jimmie Åkesson, took the reins in 2005 when it was a group on the fringes of Swedish politics, regarded as too radical by much of the population, with dubious ties to far-right and neo-Nazi organisations.

In the 2006 elections, it garnered less than 3% of the total vote. But in 2022, they won over 20%.

How did Jimmie Åkesson pull this off? We take a look in The Cube.