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CV name-change leaves foreign student reeling

CV name-change leaves foreign student reeling

Published: 05 Feb 2013 18:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Feb 2013 18:00 GMT+01:00

Ovidiu*, a masters student, explains that after sending over 200 CVs in Sweden and receiving no responses, he decided to try another somewhat cheeky tactic.

"I'd heard that a guy called Pablo in the UK changed his name to Paul on his CV and found that more people responded to his applications - so I thought I'd try the same gimmick," he told The Local.

"And it worked."

The Romanian printed 40 CVs in Swedish - not specifying his nationality but pointing out that he had studied for two years at the Uppsala University.

On 20 of the documents he used his real name, and on the other 20 he used a random but very common Swedish name. He also changed the layout so it wasn't noticeable at a glance that the CVs contained exactly the same information.

He then sent them out to 20 various companies in Uppsala, Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm. A large handful was sent to job recruitment agency Academic Work.

However, while the CVs with his real name all went unanswered, the 20 with the fictional Swedish name garnered 13 offers for an interview.

"It's clear that they didn't even bother reading the one with my real name," Ovidiu lamented.

"They just saw a foreign name and didn't open it. The jobs ranged from really basic work to jobs within the marketing sector that I was highly qualified for. It doesn't make sense."

Elin Frejd, PR Manager at Academic Work, had not heard of the case before and says that during her years at the company there has never been anything similar.

"This is shocking to hear - it shouldn't be like this at all," she told The Local upon learning of the story.

"We've had fantastic experiences with foreigners and often talk to our customers about the fact that we have a wide range of non-Swedes in our database."

"Perhaps our customers are sometimes afraid of hiring someone who can't speak Swedish, but at Academic Work we value the experience and knowledge that people bring from abroad."

She also offered her apologies to the student.

"If this is true, I'm not especially proud of it and would encourage this man to come in to discuss it - perhaps we could help him."

While Frejd explains that the database is often close to full and some jobs need to be filled quickly, she says the selection process should have meant that the student's CV was recognized.

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Annika Höög, a case officer at Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO), says that she has never heard similar complaints either.

"We get a lot of complaints from non-Swedes for job discrimination when they're applying for work," she told The Local.

"But it's very hard to prove in most cases. In Sweden, the reputation of employers towards foreigners can really vary. From my own experience, I can say that it seems to be more difficult for non-Swedes to find a job here than if they were in the UK or Canada for example."

As to why, Höög can only speculate.

"Employers may just be more suspicious of foreigners here. We've had complaints from people before who've said they've had to move to other countries just to get job offers."

Meanwhile, Ovidiu has been left scratching his head as to what to do next.

"I didn't show up to any of the interviews in case what I did was illegal or something," he told The Local.

"But the whole thing is really frustrating. Having a job in Sweden is being a member of an exclusive club rather than a work force."

*Ovidiu is not the student's real name.

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18:19 February 5, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
"As to why, Höög can only speculate."

Oh please. Let me clear the mystery up for you, Höög: Sweden is a racist society. There, is that clear enough?

"Perhaps our customers are sometimes afraid of hiring someone who can't speak Swedish, but at Academic Work we value the experience and knowledge that people bring from abroad."

I have taught in Swedish classrooms. Most of my students had names like Mahmoud and Hassan and Amir. Yet they were born and raised in Sweden so Swedish was their mother language. They spoke and wrote Swedish as well as any of the students with names like Håkan or Joakim. In fact, many of them far outperformed the kids with Swedish names because they worked harder (for very clear reasons I won't go into here). This systemic prejudice in Sweden is eroding Sweden's competitiveness in the global market.
18:27 February 5, 2013 by icedearth
lol smart!
19:25 February 5, 2013 by oddsock
"Annika Höög, a case officer at Sweden's Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO), says that she has never heard similar complaints either."

Oh. My. God. The people at the Equality Ombudsman are like, "wow, I can't believe there's racism, I'm so shocked!" This could go straight into The Onion.
20:09 February 5, 2013 by Svensksmith
And if a person sent in a CV in Romania with a last name of Svennsonn, he probably would get the same results.
20:31 February 5, 2013 by johan rebel
Well, know he knows what to avoid if he does not want to be left reeling and seething.
20:44 February 5, 2013 by djmarko
Not speaking Swedish is just a poor excuse! as someone pointed out, many job applicants are not indeed foreign, they were actually born here and as just as Swedish as the Svensson or Ericsson, so whats the excuse now?? its just a pity some of the companies are short sighted, a lot of jobs are based on personal recommendation rather than merit, this has its risks in the long term, If Sweden wants to remain competitive, they have to get rid of this backwards ways of recruiting people, there are thousands of white collar roles that need to be filled but they cant find suitable candidates, they often end up having to recruit outside Sweden, in this case,then speaking Swedish is no longer deemed important.

I have seen quite a few IT vacancy roles posted in monster where graduates are expected to speak both Swedish and English, nothing wrong with this, on the other hand, experienced IT consultants only need English.

A personal experience, a major retail company were implementing one of the biggest ERP business packages, I have the skills, have been working in Sweden with this package for 5 years, just decided to send my CV just to get interest, i called up the IT recruitment HR resource handling this role, told her i am interested, she asked me to send my CV, 2 weeks later, i got a thanks but no thanks, we will keep your profile in our database, couple of months later, this same person saw my profile in linkedin, she send s a brief mail that my CV sounds very interesting and wondered if we could have a 30 minute conversation.

To cut a long story short, i spoke about my experience and what i have done for the past 12 years regarding this ERP business package, basically she was very impressed and asked what salary i was on which is fairly high by Swedish standards, well she promised to get back to me within 2 days after she spoke to her boss, well they could not afford my salary and asked if i will consider a pay cut and i said i could never do this, we did agree that if their company were to start paying market rates, she should keep in touch

I just feel i am lucky that i came to Sweden with the right credentials, ohers have not had it that easy, i hear a lot of Swedes from foreign backgrounds are emigrating to the US, Canada, UK and are doing fairly well, just thought free education and thy are not given a chance to pay back to society!! hopefully things will improve!
20:45 February 5, 2013 by Eugene jr. of Romania
As romanians we are respecting Sweden and the swedish people for their values and society. For sure we understand that every country is trying to save the proper jobs first for the natives. As romanian, engineer and manager in tourism, will be a honour to employ a swedish worker. I am sure we can do a strong skilled team togheter and I am happy when I've heard a swedish name that is visiting Romania. I quess we have to pass if exists a false barrier between parties. I agree always the natural free competition. In this way, dear Svennsonn, please send your CV, in english, a global language, accepted in Romania, to propose you a job according to your profile.

Thank you for understanding.
21:02 February 5, 2013 by dizzy09
Sweden, institutionalized RACISM...The recruiters were so dumb they couldn´t even comprehend they were going through the same CVs.That says a lot about the level of intelligence of an average Swedish employee.
21:02 February 5, 2013 by Eugene jr. of Romania
I've read a comment with an employement request for a swedish in Romania.

As romanians we are respecting Sweden and the swedish people for their values and society. For sure we understand that every country is trying to save the proper jobs first for the natives. As romanian, engineer and manager in tourism, will be a honour to employ a swedish worker. I am sure we can do a strong skilled team togheter and I am happy when I've heard a swedish name that is visiting Romania. I quess we have to pass on if exists a false barrier between parties. I agree always the natural free competition. In this way, dear Svennsonn, please send your CV, in english, a global language, accepted in Romania, to propose you a job according to your profile.

Thank you for understanding.
21:10 February 5, 2013 by jostein
We didnt ask for this person to come here. And we like one anothers company better. We trust one another better. Since an opressive state makes penalizes people that are lojal to one another rather than to the dictates of the state, people avoid being up front about it. But if we cant even hire who we want, what is the next step? Government mandated marriages?
21:39 February 5, 2013 by Kronaboy
@oddsock

I would go further, I got the impression as government employees discrimination Ombudsman appeared to be far more concerned with protection the status quo then enforcing Sweden's obligations under the 2000 Directive; I guess it's a case of don't bite hand that feeds???
21:59 February 5, 2013 by Migga
So this student sent a "handfull" of applications to a job recruitment agency and not to companies offering jobs? What was the swedish name he used? And he didn`t go to the interviews he was called to?

There is discrimination in Sweden, just like everywhere else, but I have a hard time taking one guys story serious with this little information. If he feels he`s been a victim of discrimination he can turn to the Diskrimineringsombudsman (DO), something most countries don`t offer.
22:41 February 5, 2013 by polartwist
Hello! Interesting article.

I have done the some experiment on a famous advertisement website, when I was looking for an apartment. I'm italian and changed a bit my name to make it Swedish. It worked: around 20 answers; when I have published it with my real name just 2 answers.

And I can also say something more: I tried to move here in Sweden because of my ex-girlfriend sending thousands of CVs (in English and Swedish). It took around 5 years. Sometimes it happened to be called for interviews here in Sweden and I also had to pay the travel with my money. When I was close to give up, finally someone was looking for an Italian speaking person. And here I am... Now it's more than 2 years that I'm here, but I can understand that and Italian employer between Giovanni and Johan, or between Paolo and Paul will always choose the first option; the opposite happens for a Swedish employer. Nothing to be shocked about.
22:46 February 5, 2013 by Lowlin
Seems it is always the English-speaking countries where people say it is easier for non-natives to find work. Is that really true. Not questioning it, I have just never seen the numbers. Aren't there any non-English countries that can be used for a comparative example? France? Germany? Spain?
23:13 February 5, 2013 by Tusan
I had the same experience.

I have a MSc in engineering from KTH.

I sent many applications to companies in Sweden, just 3 out of more than 20 replied and said NO! The rest even didnt take time to reply and say NO!

Following the same procedure, I sent applications to Germany and I received positive replies and even the companies that rejected, the replied and explained why they rejected.

YES! This is common in Sweden,

as one of good ppl here said, LOVE it or LEAVE it !
23:22 February 5, 2013 by icedearth
@ Lowlin it is difficult everywhere. The world economy situation is very bad. I live in Canada, and it is hard for non-natives to land a job in their field. Mind you, they can find a low paid job in a warehouse.
23:22 February 5, 2013 by Tusan
I am MSc in engineering from KTH.

Having the same experience,

I have sent more than 20 application and requests directly to companies in Sweden for job vacancies, but just received 3 replies of NO, and the rest even didnt reply to my emails.

Trying Germany for work, from 9 applications 2 offers and 7 said no and explained why they say no!

This is a fact. Can not be denied.
23:23 February 5, 2013 by StockholmSam
The problem, polartwist (#13), is that many Swedes who were born and raised in Sweden and speak/read/write Swedish fluently and studied at Swedish universities do not have Swedish sounding names because their parents immigrated here 25 years ago. Even if the Romanian about whom the article is written does not speak Swedish, his little experiment is not about language barriers; it reveals a problem of prejudice. There was nothing in his CVs to indicate he did not grow up in Sweden and speak Swedish. This is a serious problem.
23:24 February 5, 2013 by awaker
I am totally agree with the Romanian student. And it is correct that the name is big factor in the Swedish job market. I have spent lots of my time applying in Academic work and suffered. In last three years more than 300 applications i have made but didn't get a single reply from them. What Elin Frejd, PR Manager at Academic Work, is saying is totally wrong. One more company is Peak IT and office they do the same things. Moreover Peak IT every day they post many job advertisement but in real the jobs are fake and no existence. I don't know why this issues are not controlling and take any action.
23:24 February 5, 2013 by mamali13smith13
My name is Mohamed and I am not Muslim but I have the same experience with Academic Work. I applied for 100s of positions and no answer. I called them about one of the positions recently and said about my qualifications which was uniquely matched with the position. She said you are right but they want someone speaking Swedish then I said. I can and I am fluent in Swedish and I learned it during my master studies. Then she said no the company has said someone who speaks labelalalaala which the meaning is clear.

I believe It is their right if they say we want natives but saying lie as ACADEMIC WORK LEADER sounds painful and stupid.
23:25 February 5, 2013 by Tusan
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23:26 February 5, 2013 by mamali13smith13
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23:32 February 5, 2013 by awaker
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23:43 February 5, 2013 by amkpe
I second that. There are some unwritten rules among the employers regarding the applicants' names. There are certain prejudgments on the foreign names, in particular non-Europeans.

To some extents, this can be explained through the xenophobic causes, which for sure is on a surge.

But, in the case of Sweden one should take into account the labor market structure as well. Labor regulations makes it more costly for the companies to take the higher risk of employing foreigners.
23:48 February 5, 2013 by awaker
I am agree wth the student. Because i have also applied for more than 300 application in Academic work in last three years. And didn't get a single call or ant response from them. When my CV is checked and corrected by KTH carrier guide. There is another company PEAK It they also do the same things. Moreover they posted lots of job vacancy everyday but in real they are not real.
23:54 February 5, 2013 by mamali13smith13
I have the same experience with Academic Work!
00:00 February 6, 2013 by prince T
PerFect example why cv is rubbish in sweden. Equal opportunity policies should be introduced here. There should be an external body reiewin our recruitment procedures. Many brains trained in sweden have been lost to norway, UK and US. Many of our doctors are disasters waiting to happen.
00:04 February 6, 2013 by Chuck_Norris
I know a guy at KTH who did the same thing 2 years ago. He had the exact same result.

Conclusion: Come to Sweden, use and abuse of the free education, use the cheap healthcare as much as you can and then move abroad and help another country's economy to grow by paying tax and being a useful active member of society.
00:20 February 6, 2013 by prince T
@icedearth. That is a lie. Job situation is hard in Canada but competent engineers will get job in canada. I was in canada for a conference 2 yrs ago. 6 of my old chalmers friends are gainfully employed.
00:57 February 6, 2013 by icedearth
@prince T. No it is not a lie and I believe your claim. Engineers can land a job anywhere and anytime. I work in Supply Chain, and I find many engineers taking supply chain jobs ( engineers are over qualified for that) because they do not want to go through the painful long process of equivalating their credentials.
01:00 February 6, 2013 by intrepidfox
In most job applications the HR may get hundreds of applicants. They do a quick sort through and throw many away as they do not have time. If i sent 3 applications one might get noticed. Conclusion is that it has bugger all to do with the name
01:50 February 6, 2013 by Dilmar
So-called IFO' s in washington are more to blame than countries like Sweden which do not pretend to be "international". A year ago a new Head of one of these IFO's almost swore to bring diversity to one of the IFOs. NOTHING changed. Without european/ american name one cannot get easily a job there. Why to bother at all to continue with this hipocrisy? It just repels those who are not "european/ amercian" and undermines already vague authority of those IFOs in the world.
02:03 February 6, 2013 by Kallesson
Funny story. Around my 3rd year in Sweden, I was unemployed and desperate! Fluent in 4 languages, bachelor's, international work experience etc, I never thought of manual labor as an option, at least not in my country of origin, but at this point I was just hungry for whatever. Sweden had broken me, fine! I gather up the courage to ask for a job at the local supermarket that had recently opened, they were asking for employees with a huge banner just at the entrance. I come in, talk to the cashier, I ask to talk to the manager, all-stressed and surprised (thinking that I might have a complaint) she calls him up and so I say "Hi my name is - - - I noticed you just opened and was wondering if there are any available jobs at the time, even if it's part time, weekends, evenings...". Not even a second later and without blinking, he answers "förlåt but we hire only Swedish-speaking..." in the same fashion I reply "Vad bra! För jag kan väldig bra svenska och skulle verkligen uppskatta en chans att jobba här!" BIG MISTAKE! I just embarrassed him in front of clients and employees. And so he said "No jobs at the time. Sorry."

Silly me, & I thought they needed help....
04:53 February 6, 2013 by engagebrain
jostein wrote

'But if we cant even hire who we want.......'

Thats exactly the problem - the company or institution will function better with the best qualified people, but people choose their friends, or friends of friends or failing that anyone Swedish and sod the qualifications.

So choosing 'who you want' is fine for a dinner party but is not OK when hiring, the company or institution will work best with the best people.
05:35 February 6, 2013 by skatty
Anyway just changing the name on the CV does not help; but if it helps, don't forget to get a Viking helmet (horned helmet) and put it on your head in your job interviews.

Swedes feel more comfortable to interview somebody familiar to them. Eat some garlic, and try to get a Viking costume as well, but these are not an obligation.

The helmet is an obligation.
05:55 February 6, 2013 by Decedo
I spoke to my (Swedish) co-workers about this and their comment was 'Well that's Sweden'. It was like they accepted it and it was normal.

When I moved here with an engineering degree and 10 years work experience from Canada, I couldn't find a job. My wife eventually got me a job at her company in their warehouse. I've since kept my routine of sending out resumes and even applied for countless higher position postings in the company and nothing. On one occasion, a swedish friend newly graduated from Chalmers with a similar degree told me of a posting by an engineering firm. The job was right in my area and experience, and he had the degree also, but no experience. We both applied, I didn't get a call and he got an offer. Welcome to Sweden
06:44 February 6, 2013 by sohk
Damn ... and I wonder why for me is the same. Before all the employers were all "we are looking only for swedish speaking people". Now when I learned the swedish at an acceptable level, they just do not reply to my applications at all. And what does american/europen name, as someone said a few posts ahead, mean. I guess names ending in -scu, -ov, -ich, -ski, (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, etc.) are not considered european ... even though these countries are in Europe ...
06:49 February 6, 2013 by Mark249
My ancestors came to Sweden from what is now Belgium, 400 years ago. I have a non-swedish name. I moved to the UK recently and I'm thriving like never before. Guess why? In any case, Sweden is a family oriented place with healthcare and education. It's not a career oriented place that rewards merit.
06:59 February 6, 2013 by sweddut
Having worked in many parts of the world in a senior management position for multinational companies, I have never had it so difficult to secure a job then in Sweden. Having all references, a good international background, I do think that there is a case of name being a major factor. It this case mentioned true, having experienced it, I would say yes.
07:24 February 6, 2013 by jostein
re #34 by engagebrain

" the company or institution will function better with the best qualified people"

Well, that might be true in the daydreams of a technocrat. In the real world however other things matter too. Just looking objectively at it, i can evaluate a person whose cultural codes i understand better, i can understand if this is a layabout, a hard worker etcetera. I can understand a persons CV better if he comes from my culture. And its easier to work with. And its just more pleasent to have around.

Apart from these "objective" reasons i think you should recall that sweden is a multicultural society now. Us Swedes need to stick out for one another. After all, in a multicultural society one competes with nepotism, harassment and babies, not with competence, art or science as it was in the nationstate.
08:12 February 6, 2013 by Lemon1987
not much time ago I realized that my name is in Finnish and means feather so additionaly that means although I have never been in Finland yet, Im already a potentional employer just because of my name ?
08:31 February 6, 2013 by SergioSver
Certainly discrimination exists everywhere, but it seems to me that the problem is more acute and apparently more serious in Sweden then in other countries.

For instance, this is the result of the research of comparison between Sweden and Canada on this topic (produced as I can see by one of the Swedish Business Schools):

The results from correspondence testing showed that there is no significant difference between applicants with foreign names and applicants with English names in Canada.

In applications for skilled jobs, applicants with foreign names have a call back rates of 79 percent while applicants with English names have call back rate of 80.5 percent. The applications for semi-skilled jobs is not significant but application for low skilled jobs showed that call back rates for applicants with English names is 3.4 percent higher than the call back rates for applicants with foreign names.

The aggregate results showed that hiring discrimination in Canada is not significant."

Whereas these are their findings for Sweden:

"However, correspondence testing showed that there is an observed significant difference between applicants with foreign names and Swedish names in Sweden.

Applications for skilled-jobs showed that applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 123 percent while applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 62.2 percent. This result concur with that of Bursell (2007) who discovered that there is a significant difference between the call back rates of applicants with foreign names and applicants with Swedish names. Bursell (2007) estimated that applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 4.3 percent while applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 20.8 percent.

Reasons for the high call back rates for applicants for Swedish names shows there is hiring discrimination against foreign names."

http://kau.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:404608/FULLTEXT02
08:54 February 6, 2013 by unionisten
This is just qualifyed rubbish, my wife isnt swedish and she clearly states that in her CV and she has no problems geting interwevs and job offers, and to those who say that It consultants just need english thats crap aswell, I work for a cuting edge It company here in stockholm and if you dont speak swedish then you cant do the job, how will you follow all the documentations in swedish.

The key is learn the language.
09:04 February 6, 2013 by djmarko
Well someone pointed out that they rather hire someone culturally similar, again, no problems with this, at the same time, is one prepared to make do with the competent candidate over another person because they are ethnic Swedish?? This type of mentality has definitely ensured that Swedish household institutions like Volvo, Saab, Sony ericsson have gone down the drain, the world is a global village, Swedish market is export driven, having the right candidates wil be seen to be inportant in order to compete globally, having a Swedish employee with an Asian background can be used to break into new territory over there and bring more revenues, likewise a British employee can help break new grounds in the UK market, there are however many companies in Sweden who have a diverse background, international in approach and are doing really well, if one does not change, it will be forced upon them, the world is getting smaller for this outdsted ways of thinking!!
09:20 February 6, 2013 by Hamad
Sweden is closed society in my view. I did am doing my studies in Stockholm uni at fysikum. I have read that society in that please correct me if you find overwhelmingness in views. Off course for non swedish job seekers they have certain unwritten rules. That abide by whole spectrum of society.

Like a high class prostitute, Sweden puts on its best skirt and lipstick when it talks to influential foreigners. I am spending time in Stockholm while studding and working in cleaning company.

Sweden is deeply socially controlling and authoritarian. Government guides people's behaviour in a nudging way and through social conformism in a way that people in freer, more individualistic countries find intolerable - if they knew about. The media is rubbish, published short unintellectual articles and forcing people to think and have the "right" attitudes, on issues like immigration or gender. There is no real discussion on so many things of substance. Just platitudes by a feminist self appointed Stockholm elite, all gelled and metrosexual. Talking, thinking and dressed exactly the same, with the same "right" views.

The cosmopolitaness and seeming globalisation mentality is just a facade. Inside, Swedes are deeply nationalistic nd self regarding. Sweden is deeply provincial,and dull. A totally unintellectual and materialistic culture compared to the great cultural nations of Europe.

Swedes are made completely passive in their views by a centuries of centralised bureaucratic government - like Gustav Vasa - that grants people little potential for political initiative. Sweden was the last country to become a democracy in western Europe and it still shows in people's mentalities. The Swedes are over respectful of authority and easy to control. Whatever the potemkin facades show, there is almost NO REAL political life.

The book Knapptryckar kompaniet from 2011 shows how deep the weaknesses that Swedish democracy are. It is essential reading, as is the vast critical literature on Sweden in the vaults and libraries - even in English. Some of the stuff maybe 10 or 20 years old, but you cannot just go to a country like this reporter did and think you understand it. It's an insult to journalism. It's just propaganda that could have bee written by the Swedish foreign ministry.
09:20 February 6, 2013 by djmarko
Someone says, the key here is the language, but that is not the issue here though, many people here can speak Swedish fluently!!! What about those that were born and raised in Sweden?? Mother tongue?? Whats the excuse there?? Networking is good, it happens in every country, however hiring a friend over a competent candidate is wrong and dangerous, the Nordea employee who asked me to bring my relatives to open an account clearly got the job through a mate! Hardly on competence!! Lol!!!
09:26 February 6, 2013 by Hamad
I am living in Sweden and working in some cleaning company while I am physics student. I also see the sweden unwritten rule of swedish companies regrading non Swedish applicants. Exception in case of highly skilled worker in IT or some engineering branches.. I can tell my swedish experience correct me if I am overwhelmed..

Like a high class prostitute, Sweden puts on its best skirt and lipstick when it talks to influential foreigners.

Sweden is deeply socially controlling and authoritarian. Government guides people's behaviour in a nudging way and through social conformism in a way that people in freer, more individualistic countries find intolerable - if they knew about. The media is rubbish, published short unintellectual articles and forcing people to think and have the "right" attitudes, on issues like immigration or gender. There is no real discussion on so many things of substance. Just platitudes by a feminist self appointed Stockholm elite, all gelled and metrosexual. Talking, thinking and dressed exactly the same, with the same "right" views.

The cosmopolitaness and seeming globalisation mentality is just a facade. Inside, Swedes are deeply nationalistic nd self regarding. Sweden is deeply provincial,and dull. A totally unintellectual and materialistic culture compared to the great cultural nations of Europe.

Swedes are made completely passive in their views by a centuries of centralised bureaucratic government - like Gustav Vasa - that grants people little potential for political initiative. Sweden was the last country to become a democracy in western Europe and it still shows in people's mentalities. The Swedes are over respectful of authority and easy to control. Whatever the potemkin facades show, there is almost NO REAL political life.

The book Knapptryckar kompaniet from 2011 shows how deep the weaknesses that Swedish democracy are. It is essential reading, as is the vast critical literature on Sweden in the vaults and libraries - even in English. Some of the stuff maybe 10 or 20 years old, but you cannot just go to a country like this reporter did and think you understand it. It's an insult to journalism. It's just propaganda that could have bee written by the Swedish foreign ministry.
09:50 February 6, 2013 by Brtahan
This is true, i did send hundreds of cvs to many companies and always i got an answer that the job was given to some one else and i did call them and ask them about if they did recieve my cv because of some of them dont even care to reply maybe they just see my name and delete the CV , i have done my high school in sweden so my swedish is good but with a slight dialect. At last i got a summer job because they has no one and they needed me and after that they saw my work and there where many bosses at work but only the foreign origin one she gave a permanent job after 9 months of working there but on hourly basis.
10:18 February 6, 2013 by Beavis
Ive had the same experience with acadmeic work when looking for work here first 4 years ago. Id find a job where would be overqualified or perfectly matched and never got anything. I was shcoked one day when they did actually call me telling me about a great opportunity that suited my skills perfectly. Bear in mind I had 15 years experience in my field they offered me a beginers position for someoen with none at a salary of 15,000kr a month. Id already had two offers for double that the same week. He said the position was also shift work at night! I asked out of curiousit y what his working background was that I wouldnt be interested for that salary and if he saw someting for 3 times the amount to contact me.He wad studied HR at uni gone straight into hiring. Ive noticed that at many Swedish companies the HR (Human Retards) have no actual work experience other than HR and uni in most cases, so whatever crap they are teaching them in uni seems to be a big part of the problem
10:38 February 6, 2013 by friendonlyyours
I love this country, they made me, in return I want to add my share to this country. But I am sorry to say I don't understand this country wither they are Immigrants Pro or racist. One side government is saying they are welcoming more immigrants as asylum seekers (its today news) on the other hand immigrants who are already here who studied here, worked here, family here there attitude toward them are really strange. For example they did billions investment before 2012 on foreign students and when they were ready as elite candidate for immigrants (most of them were agree to work and stay here) they left them without making any further policy, they all went to neighboring countries (Denmark green card scheme, Norway and Canada | USA) they just needed some time to polish with language but now other countries are getting benefit with them. They are get asylum immigrants most of them need to educate trained, teach culture and language. They spending so much resources (providing housing, social, culture training) on them while they wasted their investment before.

In Canada, USA and Australia even in Italy they special immigration policies for graduate students if they want to stay in the country while Sweden don't have even post graduate visa to give them chance to try their luck. Some of the lucky who are working here they used a trick they finished courses then delay thesis and start finding job and others just moved.

Regarding racism I am sorry to say yes it is everywhere, housing, job, migrationsverket and others and its my personal experience.

Most of the swedes are on management positions everywhere and immigrants are on engineering positions. So those managers are manipulating peoples by racism. One of the example is above, few months back there was another same story about housing by changing Swedish name getting response.
10:45 February 6, 2013 by unionisten
another thing is how does people know that when they dont get the job the swedish person have inferiour skills?

Also Hamad check your fakts about when Sweden became a democracy?

Beavis i get offers like that to but its because they are chancers but if you dont have a job then beggars cant be choosers
10:46 February 6, 2013 by friendonlyyours
Regarding this I am sorry to say yes it is everywhere, housing, job, migrationsverket and others and its my personal experience.

Most of the swedes are on management positions everywhere and immigrants are on engineering positions. So those managers are manipulating peoples. One of the example is above, few months back there was another same story about housing by changing Swedish name getting response.
11:34 February 6, 2013 by leoheart
I lived in Sweden for 2 years. They are very nice people, very good friends and not many of them are racist. Being a highly educated society they believe in themselves very much and want to do everything by themselves and this is not bad. They are a true bookworm nation. But because of this behavior they are expelling the talent of other countries from their country. They must understand that now its time for change, otherwise it will drain their country from good talent and they will be left behind . They should learn sometime from their rival Denmark.
11:36 February 6, 2013 by ssi
This is undeniable fact. What is amazing is than even half-swedish people (with one parent non-swedish) also suffer in labour market. I came to discover this when I did an interview with such kind of individual as part of my case study - "Obstacles facinn foreign academicians in getting qualified jobs"(Svårigheter införs av utländska akademiker för att få kvalificerade jobb ).

This individual elaborated various problems that faces him.
11:39 February 6, 2013 by EP
@Migga ... you say he can turn to the discrimination ombudsman, which is something that most countries don't offer. Wouldn't be too proud of this fact, perhaps discrimination is lower in other countries that there is no need for such an ombudsman. ;-)

Besides, the student could file a complaint with the ombudsman, but by the time his case will be heard, it will be too late to do anything about it, just like the Polish zoo worker.
11:58 February 6, 2013 by Chuck_Norris
I am on my second Masters program. I will finish in one semester. All free, it saved me a lot of money. I know it will be nearly impossible to get a job in Sweden therefore I will move to Germany where many friends are happily working.

All I can say is Thank you Sweden for all the free education but now i will use the knowledge to another country's advantage. Hej då :)
12:06 February 6, 2013 by Migga
Why are there several reposts of some of the comments?

@ SergioSver

Well you are wrong. On the discussion forum there was a thread about discrimination in Europe. Sweden was amongst the lowest.

@ EP

Sorry but that is not true. Sweden does alot to battle discriminaition and is one of the best to keep it at a low level. Discrimination exists everywhere.
12:44 February 6, 2013 by coldjava
I love this country.. but sweden is the most confusing country ever!

How can a country be so democratic yet so racist?

From the outside, people see Sweden as a country with high living standard, equal rights etc but on the inside, it's a different story.

They same analogy can be applied to approaching a Swedish person on the street for help. Even Jimmy Åkersson would smile and gladly offer to help a stranger to find his destination but we all know it's a different thought inside.
13:03 February 6, 2013 by Ramie
Hmm now I know why i am not getting any reply back , should try this trick next time ;)
13:12 February 6, 2013 by Frank Arbach
I congratulate this guy's resourceful CV-name change idea.

I spent several years in Sweden before returning to my native country. My honest opinion is that to be discriminated against (in Sweden) all thats needed is to be a "non Swede"! If you are not one of them "you are nothing".

Even if you DO speak good Swedish (bra svenska) you have limited chances in the job market - which I personally found to be racist. Swedes think they are superior and it doesn´t matter if you have education, skills or experience if these were gained outside Sweden. Even if you are a second, third generation of immigrant descent, Swedes will never consider you Swedish.
13:53 February 6, 2013 by tröttpårasister
Its been more than 2 years that Im applying for job. I also have experience working in support almost 4 years and in those two years I've followed my application also and maintained a log in documents about the applications I've made. But names like Svensson. Eriksson etc etc are what they look for in real others just shown they way to garbage bin. Here i should also mention that i also have chance to get funding from arbetsförmedlingen for job. As far as I've understood Swedes don't see non Swedes equal doesn't matter if you are white black orange or grey.
14:41 February 6, 2013 by Max Reaver
@Migga

I remember reading your post many times on this website. From what I read, you are always defensive whenever someone makes any negative comment about Sweden, regardless if there's truth or not. In fact there has never been a word from you of something you dislike about Sweden.

I don't know your background, although people may believe you have not been subject to the racism like many others. It means you are probably ethnic Swedish defending your country, which is fully understandable. Just try to understand that many foreigners in Sweden live with frustrations that stem from the cultural and social aspect of the system. There is definitely something wrong with the system. You'd be surprised how little dutiful responsibilities the governmental branches would take. In theory, you can always contact the ombudsman, but do you even know what happens that?

@jostein

You comment has only confirmed one fact: you are full of prejudice against foreigners. Your mindset is "I get along better with Swedes over foreigners" before even meeting your potential foreign coworker. The more you talk around it the more racist it makes you seem.
14:43 February 6, 2013 by SergioSver
Again these are the findings of the study on the importance of foreign names for Canada:

"In applications for skilled jobs, applicants with foreign names have a call back rates of 79 percent while applicants with English names have call back rate of 80.5 percent....but application for low skilled jobs showed that call back rates for applicants with English names is 3.4 percent higher than the call back rates for applicants with foreign names"

Now this is the result from the same study for Sweden:

"Applications for skilled-jobs showed that applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 123 percent while applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 62.2 percent. This result concur with that of Bursell... [he] estimated that applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 4.3 percent while applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 20.8 percent."

http://kau.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:404608/FULLTEXT02
14:43 February 6, 2013 by Prat
Better he tries for work in Israel.

We hope to eliminate discrimination & racism.
14:43 February 6, 2013 by SergioSver
Again these are the findings of the study on the importance of foreign names for Canada:

"In applications for skilled jobs, applicants with foreign names have a call back rates of 79 percent while applicants with English names have call back rate of 80.5 percent....but application for low skilled jobs showed that call back rates for applicants with English names is 3.4 percent higher than the call back rates for applicants with foreign names"

Now this is the result from the same study for Sweden:

"Applications for skilled-jobs showed that applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 123 percent while applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 62.2 percent. This result concur with that of Bursell... [he] estimated that applicants with foreign names have a call back rate of 4.3 percent while applicants with Swedish names have a call back rate of 20.8 percent."

http://kau.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:404608/FULLTEXT02
14:44 February 6, 2013 by cupidcub
Because of hiring 'very capable' and 'intelligent' Swedes, most of the Swedish companies are getting sold, bankrupted or being laid off. Best of luck Swedes, show the world how relax and yet capable you are.
15:55 February 6, 2013 by Migga
@ Max Reaver

Well it`s not my intention to be defensive, I want to give a balanced view. But there is a difference between a critical comment and a comment which is just made to paint someone as a racist or something else. If you want to know my critical opinions about Sweden then you should look in the discussion forums.

@ cupidcub

Sweden is doing well and is one of the most competative nations on earth. Everyone is doing worse when there is a crisis. Especially companies in the USA with a multicultural demographic.
17:58 February 6, 2013 by prince T
@ miga. I think max was right about you and i doubt if u are native swede. Your blind defence of the nation is astounding. And swedes are more intelligent than that. That i why i ignore your comments, it is always full of misguided crap. To say sweden is the most compeetive is a prove of major ignorance.

I remeber your comments on SD. in many kommun in sweden. sd Mp have resigned for varoius reasons from drugs, racism, violence, depression etc. In borås half of them have gone and in Ulricehamn we have no SD mp but support is growing for the party. This confirms @ frank's comment. Sweden is going down and we refused to see it. Look at that somalian guy (samuelsson) that cooks for obama parties in US. Many brains have left the system. We only have jobless and benefit oriented pple with misguided hatred for immigrants around. Thses set of pple think that immigrants are the reason for reduction of their benefits. The number of swedes in free education universities is going down by the day. I will never be able to understand why competent and elegible immigrants cannot get jobs in sweden but in Canada these immigrants also work with white pple.
18:33 February 6, 2013 by Max Reaver
@Migga

I remember reading your post many times on this website. From what I read, you are always defensive whenever someone makes any negative comment about Sweden, regardless if there's truth or not. In fact there has never been a word from you of something you dislike about Sweden.

I don't know your background, although people may believe you have not been subject to the racism like many others. It means you are probably ethnic Swedish defending your country, which is fully understandable. Just try to understand that many foreigners in Sweden live with frustrations that stem from the cultural and social aspect of the system. There is definitely something wrong with the system. You'd be surprised how little dutiful responsibilities the governmental branches would take. In theory, you can always contact the ombudsman, but do you even know what happens that?

@jostein

You comment has only confirmed one fact: you are full of prejudice against foreigners. Your mindset is "I get along better with Swedes over foreigners" before even meeting your potential foreign coworker. The more you talk around it the more racist it makes you seem.
21:07 February 6, 2013 by w_t_f
i lived in several countries in Europe at least one year or more and here is my conclusion: swedes are the most racist people I have ever seen... Qualified people should leave Sweden for their sake ...
21:23 February 6, 2013 by Mihai21
I have the same problem,me too i'm romanian and i'm decided to do like Ovidiu.Now i'm in Romania,i was 2 months in Sweden in 2012,i sent many resumes,but nobody contact me.Me i'm mechanical engineer,but i sent resumes even like cleaner.Now i keep my Lyca mobile number and i will modificate the resume to prove this.I changed my mind about Sweden,about people...when i was in Romania only when I heard of Sweden I was very pleased about swedish mentality...for me this country was a motto of my life!This is my email if someone wants to contact me:mihai062@gmail.com
22:56 February 6, 2013 by Kronaboy
@prince T

Actually there is, it's the 2000 Directive on Discrimination, the problem is unlike the UK where I can simply walk to my County Court pay my £50 and lodge a complaint, the Swedish legal system is far more bureaucratic and most foreign people cannot access justice, and the Swedish government has exploited this for years to shirk its legal obligations.

On a positive note I am amazed I don't think I have read one SD comment blaming it all on the Muslims, it appears that for the first time on this site regardless of race, religion or creed we are united in disgust at the disgraceful employment discrimination we are all subject to at the hands of racist Swedes. As to those Swedes who have comment that they have the right to employ who they wish, the answer is no you don't, you are bound by the same recruitment laws which have permitted your nationals equal access to employment across the EU. I for one am tired of the Swedish government taking advantage of my hard earned UK taxes to further its National Socialist employment agenda. To all Swedes, you can't have your cake and eat it, if you want to follow your racist employment agenda then I suggest you do it outside the EU….
00:56 February 7, 2013 by tröttpårasister
@kronaboy

I agree with you completely and rightly said first time i didn't see any comments against the Muslims.
06:20 February 7, 2013 by Coolrunnings
Basically the Swedish job market is a buyers market for employers. They can hire whoever they like and feel more comfotable hiring friends from the same ethnic background as them, even if they are incompetent. What does Hasse at Volvo care about what is best for the company, the important thing is that Lasse can keep him company during fika while the board can get their big bonuses from a sinking ship.
09:24 February 7, 2013 by Migga
@ Max Reaver

Well it`s a shame if you think that about my posts, I want to give a balanced view about Sweden and Swedes. They might be considerd defensive but that`s because posters on here are always on the attack. If you want my critical views on Sweden then you should look in the discuss page.

@ w_t_f

Hardly. Swedes aren`t any worse then any other people. But think what you want, you are just one man and you opinion means little to nothing.

@ Kronaboy

Liar. It`s even easier in Sweden. You don`t have to walk anywhere. You just need to log on to DO.se and file your complaint. It costs nothing. Educate yourself before spewing nonsense online.
10:04 February 7, 2013 by Tamm O'Shanter
The good thing about reading comments on an article like this is that would-be emigrants to Sweden can see for themselves, the personal experiences of discrimination others have found in the Swedish job market - even when folks have the experience, language skills and other abilities

The previous poster seems to sum up the attitude of the pro-Sweden zealots who 'rubbish' anything even remotely resembling criticism of Sweden ."...you(r) opinion means little to nothing".

How arrogant
10:53 February 7, 2013 by Max Reaver
@kronaboy

agree abt the ineffectiveness of the legal system. i filed a complaint to a local police authority who issued a wrong parking ticket, its been almost two years and i have yet to hear anything back from them. now try that with the so-called DO, and see if anything ever happens. i still believe tho that Migga is Swedish, bcos i've seen how ignorant some swedes can be. not all swedes are intelligent. I dont like SD, but one thing i say for them: they are not systematically ignoring the social problems with immigrants, unlike all other parties. If they decide to decrease the influx of asylum seekers and direct the resources to make life better for the immigrants who are already in the country, i might even vote for them. and yes, i am eligible to vote.

@Migga

well it's a shame that you have failed miserably at your delivery of "a balanced view of Sweden" and everybody can see that. but by all means, keep talking.
11:00 February 7, 2013 by djmarko
The one thing that worries me is the fact people get free education in Sweden up to masters level, then some have to leave, other countries get the benefit of this highly educated person at Swedens expense, networking for good jobs is not only practiced in Sweden, its a worldwide phenomenon, having friends in the right places so to speak, at the same time, in the UK for example, one can still send a CV to recruitment agencies and get an interview based on that, this is for top positions as well

I am more particular about the Swedish born citizens with foreign ethnic backgrounds, higly qualified as well, whats the excuse why the job market is very challenging? some have the same cultural experience as the ''native'' Swedes, some companies end up with dullards who Fika all day without anything positive or value to add to the company, these types of people are the ones that get the protection from unions or get depressed when things dont go their way

As the saying goes, unless you have some rare IT or engineering skills, you will find the job market really difficult, a word of advice for would be graduates, rather than take university courses where jobs are highly competitive for that field, why not gear your career where the likely demand for jobs will be low so you can give yourself a break??

Why not seek jobs outside Sweden where your skills are likely to get you one foot in the door? once you have experience on your CV, maybe Swedish recruiters might find your profile interesting, the first breakthrough is always difficult but once you are in the Swedish job market, it is far easier to get jobs irrespective of your colour or religion, i know loads of people from diverse backgrounds who just do fine!!
11:12 February 7, 2013 by Migga
@ Tamm O'Shanter

What`s arrogant is going online and writing that Swedes are the most racist people without any facts to back that claim. That isn`t constructive critcism that`s just rubbish.

@ Max Reaver

Keep your personal attacks to yourself. It`s obvious I`ve failed so with you since your mind is already made up and won`t open.
11:40 February 7, 2013 by Tamm O'Shanter
@ Migga

You're getting a little mixed up and confused now because you seem to imply I claimed that "Swedes are the most racist people". I didn't - someone else said something like it (basing a comparison presumably with experiences in other countries).

And that is the point I was making: people have perceptions/experiences of job seeking in Sweden, and its important for would-be emigrants to Sweden to be able to see what they MAY be up against
12:10 February 7, 2013 by Old Trafford
I dont understand the personal/racial attacks going on here. I just wonder why someone cannot make a comment on a subject without been caustic to others race or personality. It is quite understandable that it is very tough and frustrating getting a job in Sweden even when one is from within the EU, but that doesnt permit the one from calling all Swedes or others blatant racists.

I personally think it may not be different finding a job in say Germany, France, Spain et al(recession aside) if one aint fluent with the language.

I have a friend who within the last 6years of his arrival to Sweden has been able to obtain an MSc in engineering, MBA and about to conclude is doctorate (in engineering) and according to him, it is Sweden's loss if he cannot get a suitable job here in Sweden - after the country's huge investment on him - for no fault of his. According to him, his degrees gives him very very high competitive advantage in other countries with an eye for getting well educated professionals.

Though, the sooner the better Sweden changes its attitude towards Sweden-trained and qualified professional of foreign background, it still doesnt warrant others here labelling every swede a racist. The truth is that it doesnt really help just moaning or complaining at every opportunity
12:18 February 7, 2013 by Kronaboy
@Max Reaver

Problem is OD is staffed by Civil Servants, so naturally they have to take the Government line, unlike the UKs EOC who would have been over this like crabs without the need to make a complaint. As stated above, if we were free to bring action in the Administrative Courts then naturally the Government would eventually have to yield and take meaningfull action, as it stands under the current system it is for the respondent to submit a case, and how often do Turkeys vote for X-mass???
12:24 February 7, 2013 by Migga
@ Tamm O'Shanter

I`m not confused, I never claimed that you wrote that. You did however refer to that post and my answer. My point is that one may well be faced with discrimination and racism but one won`t be faced by the most racist people.
13:06 February 7, 2013 by vicky7
Diskrimineringsombudsmannen is a waste of time. Go ahead and do the extensive paper work to file a complaint, they will just write it off since language requirements are a good excuse not to hire foreigners and hence not discriminatory.
14:33 February 7, 2013 by Maggie Malay
@ vicky7

This is true - but I think the language requirements aren't always an issue. Many job seeking immigrants already HAVE learned enough Swedish: its the 'foreign sounding name' issue - which seems to be one of the reasons the Rumanian 'changed' to a Swedish name on his CV.

Have to say there is a lack of empathy from some posters on here towards those who have written about their difficulties, and the fact that, very often, seems to be no redress
15:10 February 7, 2013 by Migga
It would be interesting to know how much swedish the student stated when he applied with his real name and how much swedish he said he knew when he used a swedish sounding name.
15:39 February 7, 2013 by klubbnika
#10 @ jostein

So with your logic, anyone that comes to a country without a special "invitation" should be discriminated when it comes to getting a job?

Oh, well, tell it to the Swedes living in the UK and the US, see what they think about it.
15:48 February 7, 2013 by nampramos
It is really a pity that the people interviewed for this article say they have never heard about this happening before when that's clearly a lie.

My girlfriend spent more than half a year sending around 50 CVs to job applications in Sweden where it clearly stated that speaking swedish wasn't a pre requisite.

From all those applications she got a negative answer from less than 5.

Obviously that her last name wasn't swedish at all.

She was more that qualified for all the jobs, having a master degree taken in Sweden and previous work experience.

It's sad that such a evolved country like Sweden stills has problems like this in its society. I would expect this from a lot other countries but not from Sweden.

Shame.
16:55 February 7, 2013 by dizzy09
@Migga

seriously, u´re very biased, did u even read the article? the only things the guy changed were the layout and names on the CVs, every other info remained the same. what u should be asking urself is why didn't the recruiters call him to find out his level of fluency in the language afterall just because the other names were foreign doen't mean they weren't swedish and the Swedish names that were selected are really swedes. afterall there are people from other countries that bear names like Andersson, johansson etc.
09:06 February 8, 2013 by Migga
I read the article but it doesn`t meantion what language he said he knew.Did he claim that he knew fluent swedish in both is CVs or little to no swedish in both? It makes a huge difference. I know there are other people with foreign names that can speak fluent swedish, don`t paint me as a fool.
10:02 February 8, 2013 by Farshin
@Migga

I'm not gonna insult you in anyway, but just trying to figure out whether it is an IQ problem or it is something coming from a human nature which likes to protect something belonging to him/her in which here is the nationality.

Why it makes a huge difference if the same lvl of language efficiency was mentioned in both? if it was the same, then the name was mattering, isn't it?
10:24 February 8, 2013 by Migga
@ Farshin

Well what if it wasn`t the same? It get`s interesting if he didn`t meantioned the same level of fluency in swedish in both CVs. Then the companies would have one CV from a student who is fluent in swedish and one CV from a student who knows no to little swedish. But if he did write fluent in swedish on both then yes the name probably matterd which makes it a clear case of discrimination. But the article meantion nothing of it.
14:27 February 8, 2013 by spjutis
Well sounds terrible. Something i would expect to happen in every country. And i think its not the first time the exact same thing happen. So please dont say its only in Sweden, we all know its not. Its bad still.

I dont know if i should laugh or cry when i understood that they had free university for forigners, then fun part was that when their school was done, so was their visa, and they had to leave. what the hell was the point then? i dont know for how many years this went on, but a big hole in the moneysack. It was a good idea, now you get ppl with an education to come to your country and then you let them go after paying it. Well as i said, should i laugh or cry?

You can not compare Swedish looking for job in Romania. And they get happy for it. If a dannish person look for a IT job in sweden, he wont get it. if he is not awsome. Cause there is IT ppl in every little hole in Sweden.

And what about this canada...if canada is heaven on earth, why is still so many ppl coming to Sweden? their gotta be something we are doing right?....we are not all racist and hate imigrants and only hang out with swedish ppl. The ones who say that is the ones who tryed to get a guy and or a girl, and the girl just didnt want to talk to you so she stayed close to her friends. Cause its the dumbest thing i ever heard that we only hang in groups with swedes. Please you should go out more.
17:36 February 8, 2013 by Max Reaver
@ Farshin

No need to argue. Somebody is doing their best to defend the action not worth defending. Even if you put the evidence right in front of their face they'll still try to deny.
03:15 February 9, 2013 by FatherJon
Funny how people are doing this all around the world when they feel badly done by. Maybe there are many other reasons why they get refused employment, residential tenancy etc. As an owner of rental apartments I am very fussy whom I rent to and often just act on hunch. This has come from bad experience before with certain ethnic and racial groups. Am I to be condemned for this? The properties DO belong to me and I have a right to determine who lives in them.
10:56 February 9, 2013 by deaftoned
what the romanian guy did is not new. SVT did sth similar but for Middle Eastern names (as an example). The results were more staggering. you can google it. and this is a link (albeit vague): http://www.svt.se/nyheter/sverige/invandrare-kallas-inte-till-intervju
17:18 February 9, 2013 by smaq
correct me if I m wrong but i feel sweden wants uneducated assylum seekers instead of educated person who just came here to study specially masters in their field and after completing masters their is no policy for them, just go away!

well in the end of the day sweden belongs to swedes and we the foreign student i guess has no right to criticize their job policies.

So thanks for masters education sweden and may you be happy always!
19:49 February 9, 2013 by Max Reaver
@FatherJon

It is inappropriate to judge by names rather than the person. The good thing about you is that you admit this, while the mentality of Sweden doesn't allow people to do the same. You cannot eat the cake and have it at the same time. Swedes are very quick to claim they treat people equally, even if nothing can be further from the truth. Part of it is about exposing systematic lies of the system.
19:29 February 10, 2013 by Anda Zevedei
"I didn't show up to any of the interviews in case what I did was illegal or something," he told The Local.

oh my! well, you should have checked 1st if that would be 'illegal or something' or not. Not very clever, 'Ovidiu'. Maybe now you would be having a job.

P.S. yes, I am a Romanian myself.
03:27 February 17, 2013 by boomhauer
Yeah swedes are racist and in denial, the problem will not be fixed because they are in denial. Coutnries that admit their racism are better than those who deny it
22:42 March 10, 2013 by beatrice16
It's a tough situation for thouse who want to start a new (and a better) life in Sweden because of the racism and xenophobism, but I think Swedish companies want to employ their people, natives, swedes, for the unemployment rate to be lower,( and for 1000 other reasons).... but you can succeed in Sweden if you know the language, are civilized ... (and white).
04:23 April 7, 2013 by alecLoTh
I cant believe Swedes are still being shocked by this story. I lived in Sweden for some years and this was a recurring story every year. Like any non-Swede I sent out well over 300 applications and only got about 3 or so replies to say no thanks and 1 interview.

I have no idea if the rest even went through the initial name screen checks....yes I have heard some companies have software to automatically reject non swedish names or languages.

But none of this comes as a surprise, I work in IT and expected this but not to this silly extent. Eventua;;y I consulted for foreign companies until leaving to the UK - where Iam now earning what I should, enjoying life professionally and socially.

Advice to those stll stuck - keep trying, but know that the odds may be against you. Do whatever you can to change those odds or get out while you can
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Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
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Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax

With EU countries' treatment of Bitcoin varying vastly, Sweden has asked for clear EU rules stipulating whether or not the cryptocurrency should be taxed. READ  

Google in failed bid for Sweden's Spotify
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Google in failed bid for Sweden's Spotify

US Internet giant Google tried last year to buy Sweden-based streaming music service Spotify, but pulled out due to the beefed-up price tag, according to a media report on Tuesday. READ  

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Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

 

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"Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the Prime..." READ »

 
 
 
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