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Swedish People's League in the Baltic Sea Provinces

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Swedish People's League in the Baltic Sea Provinces (Swedish: Svenska Folkförbundet i Östersjöprovinserna; Estonian: Rootsi Rahvaliit) was a political party in Estonia, representing interests of the Swedish minority population.

History

The party was founded in 1917, and began publishing Kustbon the following year. In March 1919, the party held its congress.

Due to the small size of the Swedish minority, the party was unable to have any impact running alone. In the 1929 elections it formed an alliance with the German-Baltic Party, which resulted in a 20% increase in their combined vote share. At the time the party was led by Hans Pöhle, a former members of the Christian People's Party. After Pöhle died in 1930, Mathias Westerblom took over as party leader.

In 1935 the publication Kustbon was banned, as political organizations were no longer allowed to issue publications. Nya Kustbon was founded in its place, as a non-party publication.

References

Swedish People's League in the Baltic Sea Provinces Wikipedia


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