• Sweden edition
 
Dead soldier returns home to Sweden

Dead soldier returns home to Sweden

Published: 20 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00

Wallin's body arrived in a Hercules at Ärna airport outside Uppsala shortly before 8pm on Tuesday to be met by his family, defence minister Sten Tolgfors, and a homecoming ceremony of Armed Forces' colleagues.

Several colleagues from Wallin's unit in Afghanistan accompanied their comrade's body.

With a sombre drum roll the assembled welcoming party awaited the Hercules plane as spotlights drowned the coffin, swept in a Swedish flag on the lowered ramp.

The soldiers enclosed around the stationary plane, with several home on leave from Afghanistan.

Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson accompanied the relatives and senior officers in approaching the ramp. Göransson climbed up to the coffin, lay a medal on performed a long salute for Wallin, the sixth Swedish citizen to die in Afghanistan.

The two soldiers seriously injured in a separate incident in Afghanistan on Monday remained in a stable condition.

One man, born in 1984 and from the Gothenburg area, has very serious injuries but his life is not deemed to be in threat. The other, a 29-year-old from Medelpad, has serious injuries.

In a further incident on Tuesday, Swedish troops came under fire near Darzab in Afghanistan. No one was hurt in the skirmish and the Swedes were able to call in air support and retreat without returning fire.

The Swedish soldiers involved in the gunfire are reported to belong to a so-called mentor group tasked with training Afghanistan army personnel.

A growing number of Swedes want the withdrawal of their troops stationed in Afghanistan, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

When asked "should Sweden bring home its troops from Afghanistan?", 47 percent of 1,000 people surveyed said "yes" and 36 percent said "no", according to a Sifo poll published in the Aftonbladet tabloid.

The remaining 17 percent said they did not know.

In a similar Sifo poll in July, 42 percent answered "yes" to the same question and 41 percent said "no".

Sweden is officially neutral and not a member of NATO, but has about 600 troops and civilians taking part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The future of Swedish troops in Afghanistan is to be debated soon in the Swedish parliament.

The centre-right minority government is in favour of continuing and even extending the mission while the leftwing opposition wants to set an exit date.

The far-right Sweden Democrats have also said they want Swedish troops to be called home although they have yet to commit to which way they would vote on the issue.

According to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily Tuesday, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt -- a strong supporter of Sweden's participation in ISAF -- are about to reach a compromise with opposition leader Mona Sahlin on the issue.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

01:31 October 26, 2010 by VickiD
In an ideal world, there wouldn't be a war and it wouldn't be an issue. The question shouldn't be about how many Swedes are dying for a homeland not their own. The question should be does Sweden still believe in the task at hand? Ask someone who has served with the Afghan trainee soldiers Kenneth Wallin and his colleagues have been supporting, people who are trying to defend their homeland from the inside out, without the benefit of a Western education and the supposedly open mind that goes with it… If those men and women can hand on heart say it's not worth it, that's the only point Sweden, or the UK or even the US, should even start thinking about pulling out.

It's one thing to shout on behalf of our soldiers being sent out ill-equipped and ill-prepared, to speak up for their right to top healthcare and the best quality of life on their return. It's something else to patronize and minimize the excellent job they're doing over there and the sacrifices they're making every day. Sorry to be so British about this, but it's time to mention the War... If Churchill and co had been so closely scrutinized / criticised on a daily / hourly basis by the media, and the voices of those with self-interest closest to heart had prevailed, the world would be a very different place now. One zealot's twisted, simplistic, overwhelming vision could easily have outlasted any sane person's tolerance for war. Who wouldn't want to stick their head in the sand after all these years of one step forward, two steps back? But that doesn't make it the right thing to do.
Today's headlines
Interview
'The concept of race is a slippery slope': Ullenhag
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

'The concept of race is a slippery slope': Ullenhag

Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag tells The Local why he plans to remove the term "race" from all Swedish law, how he responds to his critics, and why Sweden must steer clear of xenophobia. READ  

Sweden's tourism figures on the rise for 2014

Sweden's tourism figures on the rise for 2014

Tourism in Sweden is on the rise, with the first half of 2014 seeing a boom in visiting figures for both domestic and foreign tourists. READ  

Northern Dispatches
How I tackled northern Sweden's savage insects

How I tackled northern Sweden's savage insects

Ex-Londoner Paul Connolly has just survived a northern Sweden heat wave. But it wasn't the high temperatures that were the real problem, he recounts. READ  

What's On in Sweden - Pride Parade

What's On in Sweden - Pride Parade

Saturday marks the Stockholm Pride Parade, the biggest event of Pride Week (and the biggest Pride Parade in Scandinavia). Here's what to see and where to be, as well as plenty of other activities in Sweden's three biggest cities for the weekend. READ  

Railway fatalaties on the rise in Sweden
File photo: Carl Dougge/Flickr

Railway fatalaties on the rise in Sweden

Even though Sweden's Traffic Agency has drastic plans to reduce the number of people killed by trains in Sweden, a new report shows that figures are on the rise. READ  

Woman finds Ikea bags stuffed with 80 skeletons

Woman finds Ikea bags stuffed with 80 skeletons

UPDATED: A woman in southern Sweden is furious after stumbling upon scores of skulls and human bones inside Ikea bags in a church. The man who dug up the bones, however, says it's not as bad as it looks. READ  

Swedish Wikipedia jumps to second biggest

Swedish Wikipedia jumps to second biggest

There are now more Swedish Wikipedia entries than any other language in the world, besides English. And there's one Swede who's largely responsible. READ  

Assault with iron pipe 'no hate crime': police
The aftermath of the attack in Seved, Malmö on July 6th 2014. Drago Prvulovic / TT

Assault with iron pipe 'no hate crime': police

Police in southern Sweden have concluded that a man who was beaten with an iron pipe for hanging an Israeli flag in his window was not a victim of a hate crime. READ  

AstraZeneca hikes earnings outlook
Photo: Claus Gertsen/TT

AstraZeneca hikes earnings outlook

After fighting off a fierce takeover bid from Pfizer, Swedish-British drugmaker AstraZeneca raised its 2014 earnings outlook and posted rising second quarter sales on Thursday. READ  

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag meets children in Husby, Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation

The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Stockholm demonstration against Israel
National
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
National
Gender neutral pronoun 'hen' enters dictionary
Society
Top ten cafes in Stockholm
People-watching
Gallery
People-watching - Stockholm Pride
Blog updates

31 July

Calling a speedo a speedo (Blogweiser) »

"There are a lot of speedos on Europe’s beaches. Some European males are evidently more comfortable sporting small, stretchy suits on public beaches than I would be. I accept it may be nice to have swimwear that’s not long and cumbersome. A speedo is maybe also good for tanning. But strolling around town in a..." READ »

 

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 
 
 
Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden
Society
Sweden worst in EU at getting foreigners jobs
Lifestyle
Stockholm Pride kicks off
Analysis
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ
National
Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high
National
Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'
National
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
Gallery
Stockholm Pride: Allsång på Skansen with Conchita Wurst
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

735
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se