Pirate Party Victory – Guaranteed Seat in European Parliament

The Pirate Party has won a victory in the Swedish elections, getting over 200,000 votes or 7.1 percent of the the 43 percent of Swedes who voted, guaranteeing them at least one seat in the European Parlaiment.

The numbers above are preliminary as of the time of publication, but the Pirate Party is well on it’s way to victory with an overwhelming surge in popularty since the party was founded in 2006.

From Torrentfreak:

When we asked Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge about the outcome, he told TorrentFreak: “We’ve felt the wind blow in our sails. We’ve seen the polls prior to the election. But to stand here, today, and see the figures coming up on that screen” What do you want me to say? I’ll say anything”

“Together, we have today changed the landscape of European politics. No matter how this night ends, we have changed it,” Falkvinge said. “This feels wonderful. The citizens have understood it’s time to make a difference. The older politicians have taken apart young peoples’ lifestyle, bit by bit. We do not accept that the authorities’ mass-surveillance,” he added.