Many Swedes have reacted with disappointment and disgust after the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats won seats in parliament for the first time. Others say the country has long needed a party which "dares to speak out" about sensitive integration issues.
More than 6,000 people gathered in central Stockholm on Monday evening to ptotest against the Sweden Democrats.
Al Jazeera had a look on the micro-blogging website Twitter to see what Swedes were saying.
JuliaNylen: I'm a shamed to say I'm Swedish today... Sweden Democrats in parliament... Awful!
BirgitBidder: ...it's time to take their movement seriously. Tonight at 6pm I will be demonstrating against the Sweden Democrats at Plattan.
yasmineriksson: Today is a dark day! Sweden Democrats in parliament! Olof Palme [slain prime minister] is rolling in his grave!
amintou: Wondering how many took the wrong ballot because they didn't get the difference between Sweden Democrats and Social Democrats?
idealirony: Think positively. Just over 94% of those voting did not want the Sweden Democrats in parliament.
T0tt3: Finally a party in parliament which dares to highlight the problem with Sweden's immigration policies. The Sweden Democrats are needed. I'm NOT a racist..
karinericson: If you refuse to work with the Sweden Democrats you have to refute them. Otherwise they'll get even more votes from annoyed voters in the next election.
malmo1988: We have to throw the Sweden Democrats out of parliament NOW!
camillaivinger: Who is so stupid that they vote for the Sweden Democrats. Who wants to live in a racist society? Not me. Sweden made a big misstake../.
BrainStew_carro: What a depressing day. Wretched weather and the Sweden Democrats in parliament. I just want to hide.
BimboBoy: Did you vote for the Sweden Democrats? Do us both a favour and delete me as your Facebook friend.
ay_: Just woke up and thought everything was a dream, but NO, Sweden Democrats still got in to the parliament, that sucks.. feeling embarrassed
ceciliawse: Sweden Democrats got 11% in the local elections where I live. I'm mourning and I'm ashamed, wondering what I can do to change it.
landgrens: Maybe today we'll see the first T-shirt with Sweden Democrats prints. Maybe bomber jackets with SD pins...