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Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report

Swedish military staff surf porn daily: report

Published: 14 Jan 2011 16:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Jan 2011 16:34 GMT+01:00

Employees of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) have surfed on porn sites several thousand times on personnel computers over the last three years, according to a report by the country's national television broadcaster on Friday.

Logs kept by the Armed Forces of website traffic revealed that users visited porn sites nearly every day, according to a news report by Sveriges Television (SVT), which reviewed the logs personally.

"This is unacceptable, of course," Per-Olof Stålesjö, human resources director of the armed forces, told news agency TT on Friday.

Stålesjö did not realise the extent of the porn surfing until SVT showed him the results. However, the Armed Forces has acted several times after staff were caught visiting porn sites.

"Every time it comes up, it is very unfortunate. It is a failure not to get these people to understand the importance of not behaving that way," he said.

If an employee is caught surfing porn, the first course of action is to have a discussion with him or her.

"After that, there can be a talk about several disciplinary actions. In the end, we would talk about resignation," said Stålesjö.

He declined to reveal exactly how many porn surfers have been discovered, but revealed that more than 10 staff have in recent years continued to surf porn even after receiving a first warning.

However, Stålesjö does not believe that more barriers are required in the system.

"It does not solve the problem. It is about the conduct of the individual. We must solve the problem by working with our values," he said.

In addition, it was also not possible to identify which regiments or military units are surfing porn since all internet traffic passes through Stockholm and Örebro.

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

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17:25 January 14, 2011 by TIMBER
Young guys looking at girls, well i never......
17:53 January 14, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
Swedish Military,now that,s a laugh.They MIGHT be qualified to peel potatos in the mess hall,that,s about it.
19:17 January 14, 2011 by scandinavian leather
Ooops, Tennessee, I see you are suffering from the Dan Quayle syndrome. First diagnosed in 1992, it was a strange illness which led to many people re-evaluating how that tubers name was actually spelled.
19:57 January 14, 2011 by Tanskalainen
It's good to know Sweden military is always "on stand". Now I know how it was possible for Russian submarines to sneak into Swedish bays.

Tennessee Thunder I believe your parents were peeling "potatos" when you were conceived.
20:18 January 14, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
No Tanskalaien,the black boys peeled them for us.LOL.
20:43 January 14, 2011 by arabantoine
it is for the protection of homeland, surely!
21:27 January 14, 2011 by know
Employees in sweden are doing what ever they like to do and there is protect to them and less tax. On the other hand unemployed trying to find ajob.
22:34 January 14, 2011 by Nemesis
I always wondered what they realy did. They never fight and don't know how to.
22:37 January 14, 2011 by Iraniboy
I bet military staff from all countries do, they are just not exposed!
02:37 January 15, 2011 by volvoman9
Interesting choice of words Iraniboy. Perversion is it's own reward.
06:50 January 15, 2011 by bow290
depends when they do it.... when ur away from ur partner it is a relief and anyone who thinks its wrong can u know what! but the ones that just sit in front of a desk most of the day should get a kick up the butt and PT'd!
09:09 January 15, 2011 by Javlaengelsman
Gasp, shock, horror! Isn't it so aweful? So unacceptable? Men displaying doing what nature intends them to do, which is the most important, vital thing humans do, showing a normal, healthy compulsive interest in the very meaning of life which is the survival & propergation of their genes. Isn't it so aweful? The sky is going to fall in!
10:32 January 15, 2011 by unt9
Maybe they want to have sex or something....
10:38 January 15, 2011 by nsp
True, Javlaengelsman...

Maybe Mr.Stålesjö doesn't want his troops getting blind from masturbation xD
11:00 January 15, 2011 by bolababu
but seriously, what else have they got to do?
11:41 January 15, 2011 by Rebel
Well, if this is Sweden they better be looking ONLY at feminist porn --

you know, porn with women with ample hairy bodies and only alone, or with another woman.

Anything else is exploitation based on gender.
11:46 January 15, 2011 by krattan
I don't think this is any worse than spending time on Facebook or reading newspapers while supposed to be working.
11:50 January 15, 2011 by UScitizen
Getting back to the comments about spelling.... well, some of you may know the queen's English, but not American English. There's potatoe-potato, tomatoe-tomato, etc. And what's with these people spelling everything (wrongly!) with a K? Like Kanada, Amerika, etc. And what is fotboll?? Oh... did you meen football?? scandinivian leather needs to get his and his country's spelling straightened out first, befor(e) talking about others assumed mistakes.
11:59 January 15, 2011 by kenny8076
a verbal warning?!?! the Swedish people are so F'ing weird when it comes to employment punishments... a warning? like these are kids and not grown men!! just like the train track controller guy last year that had a few of these "warnings" for surfing porn...... and a train crashed WHILE he was looking at it!!
11:59 January 15, 2011 by johnny1939
It never ceases to surprise me that people have not learned not to do personal stuff on the computer at work. I do not want my employer to know what my personal taste is either in shopping or otherwise. You must realize by now that somebody is constantly checking and you never know when it might be counted against you. Why take the risk??? Oh well back to my cellphone and its possibilities.
14:15 January 15, 2011 by Israeli Jew
@TIMBER #1

"Young guys looking at girls"

I don't think so! Those young Swedes guys are looking for MEN to satisfy their desires. Any accurate statistics out there about guys? I bet the smart Swedes won that one!

I am just sayin...
14:55 January 15, 2011 by ehwhat?
They should have used the classic "Language of love" (Ur kärlekens språk) and claimed it as on the job training...
15:02 January 15, 2011 by Puge Henis
As "krattan" put it... its the same as spending time at work looking at facebook or something.

Just because its porn you dont have to start shouting OMG!!!

No real big deal really, except that it was done at work.
22:46 January 15, 2011 by shahidbutt
Daily!!!!!!!!!!!! it is "unacceptable"
01:35 January 16, 2011 by Tanskalainen
At least now no one can say that the Swedish troops aren't gunslingers.
03:42 January 16, 2011 by scandinavian leather
@ US citizen

First, it's ScandinAvian, not ScandinIvian. Epic fail there, buddy.

Secondly, you don't know where I am from but I'll give you a hint. Mid Atlantic state. Singular is spelled "potato", plural, "potatoes". Same with the tomato. Did you get your GED, because I'll bet you never bought a dictionary. Show me a dictionary where "potato" and "tomato" are spelled in the singular with an "e" and I'll buy you Dan Quayle's memoirs. Hell, he'll even autograph them for you.
12:36 January 16, 2011 by johnny1939
who kares about spelling? It is the message that kounts
17:16 January 16, 2011 by Rebel
In a land that ignores religion then by what standard can someone use to condemn these people from looking at porn?
18:23 January 16, 2011 by scandinavian leather
@johnny1939

It's the message that counts? What message? It comes as a surprise to you that ANYBODY surfs for porn. Thelocal has broken open a huge conspiracy?

Go back to sleep.

@Rebel & Puge

Excellent points.
19:43 January 16, 2011 by Larry Thrash
I agree with Johnny1939, it's the message that kounts. It isn't just Dan Quayle. Check out Barack Obama, his spelling is horrible. It appears to me it's more of a political statement to correct spelling or grammar. If one is on the left they bang over the head the right, and the right, the left. Most of us are products of government schools.
21:04 January 16, 2011 by JoeSwede
What is acceptable at work vs. at home is important to know. As young military draftees, are they forced to live in confined areas?

There are costs with having a military. Slightly different rules in my opinion...Sweden is lucky to never have been attacked in modern times.

I guess someone should be doing some pushups as punishment.
03:02 January 17, 2011 by Puge Henis
So you are in the military, serving your country... away from your girl (or guy) and unlike the US you are not at war with anybody so no one to kill to relive the frustration ;P (kidding boys)

whats the big deal with looking at porn? Didn't anybody do the "you show me yours and I'll show you mine" in kindergarden?

While, like I write above, it was done at "work" is the only bad thing I see here, otherwise other the the morons at FI I really dont think anybody should be offended or surprised.
12:16 January 17, 2011 by damsugare
There are some strange people on this site....all they ever talk about is spelling and racism........
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