The Scandinavian far-right and the new politicisation of heritage

Elisabeth Niklasson*, Herdis Holleland

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The past 30 years have witnessed a radical shift in European politics, as new far-right wing parties have entered national parliaments. Driven by discontent, fear and the notion of cultural struggle, they have gradually come to twist the political conversation around their core issues. For many far-right parties, cultural heritage is one such issue. While this ought to put them on the radar of scholars studying heritage politics, the topic of far-right heritage policy remains largely unexplored. This article seeks to ignite this field of enquiry by taking a closer look at what far-right heritage policies actually look like. Focus is set on three Scandinavian far-right parties with seats in national parliaments: the Danish People's Party, the Progress Party in Norway and the Sweden Democrats. By examining the notion of heritage put forth in their party manifestos and the heritage priorities expressed in their parliamentary budget proposals, we consider the weight of their rhetoric.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-148
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
Issue number2
Early online date20 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The article has been partly funded by The Norwegian Research Council [grant number 160010/F40].


  • Heritage politics
  • far-right
  • heritage policy
  • heritage governance
  • follow the money
  • Scandinavia


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