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13 Facts About Pirate Party of Sweden

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The Pirate Party is a political party in Sweden founded in 2006.

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.

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Its sudden popularity has given rise to parties with the same name and similar goals in Europe and worldwide, forming the International Pirate Party movement.

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The Pirate Party was initially formed to reform laws regarding copyright and patents.

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention.

Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.

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The party agenda includes support for strengthening the individual's right to privacy, both on the Internet and in everyday life, and the transparency of state administration.

Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively.

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite to link billions of devices worldwide.

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The Pirate Party has intentionally chosen to be bloc independent of the traditional left-right scale to pursue their political agenda with all mainstream parties.

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The party originally stayed neutral on other matters, but started broadening into other political areas in 2012.

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The Pirate Party participated in the 2006 Riksdag elections and gained 0.63% of the votes, making them the third largest party outside parliament.

A general election was held in Sweden on 17 September 2006, to elect members to the Riksdag, the Swedish national legislature.

The Riksdag is the national legislature and the supreme decision-making body of Sweden.

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In terms of membership, it passed the Green Party in December 2008, the Left Party in February 2009, the Liberal People's Party and the Christian Democrats in April 2009, and the Centre Party in May 2009, making it, for the time being, the third largest political party in Sweden by membership.

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The Pirate Party's associated youth organisation, Young Pirate, was, for a part of 2009 and 2010, the largest political youth organisation in Sweden by membership count.

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The Pirate Party came 5th in the 2009 European Parliament elections with 7.13% of the vote and 1 MEP.

The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union.

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Christian Engström became the first MEP for the party, and Amelia Andersdotter took the second seat on 1 December 2009.

Amelia Andersdotter is a Swedish politician and former Member of the European Parliament, elected on the Piratpartiet list in the 2009 election.

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Rick Falkvinge, founder of the party, stepped down on 1 January 2011 after five years as party leader, making vice leader Anna Troberg the current party leader.

Anna Troberg, born 9 April 1974 in Landskrona, is a translator and an author, former party leader of the Swedish Pirate Party.

Rickard "Rick" Falkvinge is a Swedish information technology entrepreneur and founder of the Swedish Pirate Party.

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On December 1, 2014, Anna Troberg announced that she would not be available for reelection in 2015 after her term ended on December 31, 2014.

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