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Sweden Democrat calls for 'Swedish reserve'
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Sweden Democrat calls for 'Swedish reserve'

Published: 08 Nov 2012 14:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Nov 2012 14:55 GMT+01:00

"Establish a 'Swedish reservation', where we can continue to follow our traditions and our Swedish culture," Marie Stensby, who represents the Sweden Democrats in Krokom in Jämtland, wrote in an open letter to the prime minister.

Stensby's letter began with a summary of what, in her view, had gone wrong with Sweden, arguing that the country was disappearing into a "black hole" of "indescribable chaos" due to the government's immigration policy.

"In my darkest moments I wonder if you (Reinfeldt)...would consider adopting an old American model. For us Swedes who want to carry on being just that, Swedes," she added.

Stensby suggested her home county of Jämtland as a suitable location for "a reservation for Sweden's indigenous peoples".

Jämtland has historically rested uneasily within the kingdom of Sweden and was long part of Norway. The "Jämts" were in fact the last people from an acquired territory to become Swedish citizens (in 1699).

An independence movement has existed since the 1960s and the county's main cultural event of the summer - the Storsjöyran music festival - is traditionally hosted by the "Republic of Jämtland".

The festival is opened with a speech by the movement's president, currently Ewert Ljusberg, in which he typically berates and mocks the "Grand-Swedes" and their government in Stockholm.

The movement is however widely regarded as a humorous marketing ploy and Marie Stensby on Wednesday appeared to tap into this tradition when she explained that her call for a "Swedish reservation" should not be taken too seriously either.

"I have learned that next time when I take a joke to the extremes, I should write (ha,ha,ha) in brackets, alternatively refrain from humour," she said.

The Local's calls to the Sweden Democrats on Thursday for comment on Marie Stensby's proposal have been unsuccessful.

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Your comments about this article

15:35 November 8, 2012 by Rishonim
But such place already exist in Sweden. Ask the Saami people ;-)
17:06 November 8, 2012 by Children Of Adam
She wants Swedes to again start eating only Potatoes :P

the road sign looks like Viking area, is it Swedish old culture?
03:26 November 9, 2012 by ericrufinosiah
Marie Stensby suggestions good but then in 10 years time the " the reserve "

may disappear why not work for a Sweden Democrat Government so that all

Swedish Cultures and thousand years old customs would not disappear ,
10:02 November 9, 2012 by what would thomas paine do
The Left vehemently denies the individual the right to self-determination, instead chaining "him" to the dictates of their cyanide gods—their experts, delivered down by the Moses media.
13:07 November 9, 2012 by Frobobbles
Wrong Turn 6: Turnip Rampage (2014). An american family on vacation in Norway take a wrong turn into a Swedish reservation. Suddenly they are immersed in the smell of Surströmming and have to flee into the wilderness from a stampede of Frog Dancers.
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