New report: Influence in the Swedish election

Mundus Weekly

A newly published report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) presents the findings of a project that investigated foreign attempts to influence the Swedish elections online. The project – financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (press release) – revealed the relative isolation of the Swedish far-right online, with few internationally coordinated efforts identified in the Swedish election information ecosystem. However, propaganda efforts focused on smearing Sweden or presenting it as a country in demise were persistent and widespread in the run-up to the September election and its aftermath. Amplification tactics were observed, but there was no evidence that they were coordinated or internationally managed. Download the report here (in English).

Separately, a seminar on 7 November at the Swedish Defence University will discuss the increase of election related influence operations, with a specific focus on the Swedish election.

Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.