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Outrage over Stockholm cops' 'racial profiling'

Outrage over Stockholm cops' 'racial profiling'

Published: 21 Feb 2013 14:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Feb 2013 14:42 GMT+01:00

On Wednesday, Gonzalo Munoz, who was born and raised in Sweden by Chilean parents, was approached by a police officer while waiting for a friend inside a Stockholm metro station.

The officer spoke to Munoz in English.

"I'd like to see your passport because you are suspected of being in Sweden illegally," the officer said, according to an account offered by Munoz to Sveriges Television (SVT).

When Munoz was able to produce his Swedish passport, the officer apologized and let him continue, but the incident nevertheless left him angry.

"It's discriminatory," he said.

"And it feels like all of this work going on at Central Station is based on prejudice and racism, more or less."

Munoz's story is one of several that have emerged in recent weeks as officers have stepped up their efforts in cooperation with both the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) and the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to find and deport illegal immigrants.

The name of the project, Reva, has been trending as a hashtag on the Swedish homepage of Twitter in recent days. Commentators from across the political spectrum have reacted in anger to stories of police engaging in questionable tactics to enforce deportation orders.

"This has turned the metro turnstiles into a life-threatening danger zone for the most vulnerable people in our society," wrote a furious Maria Ferm, the Green Party's migration policy spokeswoman, about the police action on the Stockholm metro system.

Centre Party MP Johan Hedin said police should be more careful in deploying ID checks, warning that police's unwarranted controls "are not only a crime against good taste, but also against the law and should stop immediately".

Migration policy spokespeople for the Christian Democrats and Left Party also condemned the behaviour of Stockholm police, with the Christian Democrat MP Caroline Szyber calling it a "witch hunt".

National police spokesman Sören Clerton defended officers' methods, however, explaining police were simply following the mandate given to them by the government.

Activists, meanwhile, are tweeting to plot where the police are working on any given day. An informant network has also sprung up in other social media.

"Police at Högdalen tube station checking IDs, be warned," read one tweet last week.

Since 2008, police in Stockholm have doubled the number of forced deportations in recent years, apprehending 2,154 illegal immigrants last year, compared to 1,071 in 2008, according to the police's own statistics.

Ferm also pointed out that Swedish law allows police check only when there is a "well-grounded suspicion" that a person could be in Sweden illegally, and said a failure to respect the letter of the law would be paramount to racial profiling.

Her party has an at-times fraught relationship with the government, which invited the Greens to cooperate on migration issues to keep the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats out of the decision-making process in parliament.

Without the Greens, the right-of-centre coalition government would not have enough votes to legislate and the latest police actions have prompted her to question the government's priorities.

The police, meanwhile, have defended themselves by saying they are simply acting on the instruction of lawmakers.

"We're highly critical of the fact that the government has chosen to prioritize deportations and has given that mandate to police," Ferm told SVT.

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16:13 February 21, 2013 by bourgeoisieboheme
"This has turned the metro turnstiles into a life-threatening danger zone for the most vulnerable people in our society,"

Umm.. if you mean illegal people are vulnerable then I fail to see this persons point. As for life threatening, unless they are executing on the T-Bana platform, I again fail to see this persons point.
16:13 February 21, 2013 by hilt_m
wait, he was just walking around with his passport in his pocket?
16:28 February 21, 2013 by findlaw2000
shameful, in the context of humanism generally respected in all democratic nations !
16:30 February 21, 2013 by TG22
Well is you want to deport illegals there is no point in looking for "Swedish-looking" people, is there?
16:32 February 21, 2013 by Gemini1
I suppose it wouldn't help to refuse to be subjected to racial profiling. But I wonder what it would lead to if one could politely but firmly refuse to be treated in that way. Any one familiar with the laws regarding this issue please comment.

PS. Please, I beg of you, lets keep the comments objective, mature and devoid of racial slurs.
16:33 February 21, 2013 by jostein
"Munoz's story is one of several that have emerged in recent weeks"

And how did the "emerge", pray tell? Fabricated by fanatical multiculti lobbyists, most like. Same gang that feel the "outrage". Well, more and more people are feeling "outrage" against this group of thugs and the evil they have worked for the last 40 years.
17:14 February 21, 2013 by TG22
" for the most vulnerable people in our society"

Most vulnerable? Has the politically correct word for illegals changed? I thought it was undocumented...
17:19 February 21, 2013 by Nvd
Police is doing its duty. Simple.
17:54 February 21, 2013 by G Kin
@Nvd

You mean racial profiling is police work?. Great!

But just remember that Swedes too travel and will be happy to be treated well where ever they go. The bad thing is that it is ordinary swedes that could pay for the racist crimes of these so called police officers.

I have heard of tourists that have fallen victim to robbery, kidnapping etc out of retaliation from similar acts soffered by perpetrators in Europe. It is hard for me to be sympathetic to such tourists when I read or worse experience such harassment by the police.

Just remember that we are sharing the world and look at the thousands of Greeks and Spanish people running to other parts of the world.
19:18 February 21, 2013 by DrMartin
What the police are doing is illegal. If you refuse to show your ID they get physical with you. The icing on the cake is complaining about it will do nothing, the system is corrupt and no one is willing to fix it.
20:12 February 21, 2013 by Mxzf
I didn't know I had to walk around with my (Swedish) passport inside Sweden.

Most likely he produced his drivers' license, not his passport.

(But hmm, yet another reason to take the car every day to work and not take the subway...)
21:30 February 21, 2013 by johan rebel
Exactly, what part of the word ILLEGAL is it that people don't understand?

Nab 'm and send 'm packing. Way to go, Stockholmspolisen. Keep up the good work.
21:31 February 21, 2013 by nyag
There is nothing racial about this in my opinion. In order to halt illegal immigrants the government has to take such actions. In Asia it is very common for police officers to stop you and ask for your documents and in couple of cases if you don't have your passport with you in Asia the police asks for a bribe to look the other way. I think it is good that Sweden is finally taking such measures to take care of the "free riders". Its not the case of being racist but it is the government taking the needed steps to take control of a situation that seems to be ridiculous right now. Border protection is something that every country takes very seriously being a foreigner I found Sweden to be very kind on this situation.

Kudos that they finally decided to take some steps!!!
21:39 February 21, 2013 by ragdoll
"This has turned the metro turnstiles into a life-threatening danger zone for the most vulnerable people in our society."

She can say this if she wants, but its not true. Its not even close to true. In fact its utter nonsense. Irrational hysteria is no way to impress voters or affect public policy.
21:44 February 21, 2013 by boomhauer
Swedes are racist it is clear, the discrimination of cvs now this.
22:14 February 21, 2013 by Beavis
quite simple, i would never carry an id such as a passportwith me,its a criminals wet dream. unlike gonzo here i would have told the police ive no id and be on my way
23:12 February 21, 2013 by frenchviking
So when i get pulled over and asked to do an alcotest.... This is racism against french people!

So funny...

Racism has become a convenient excuse for all a**holes trying to get away with illegal things...

I am tired of these parasites living off my taxes and then spitting on my hospitality and keeping on asking for more.

You can call that racism if you will... But i cant care less about peoples background, skin colour or narionality. All i want is that people who come to live here work and pay tax so that one day i may get a pension... I am tired of paying for lazzy b***ards!
23:29 February 21, 2013 by wallpaper
Well is sounds racial since you are basically saying anyone who is not swedish looking has the potential of illegal activities. it is like police go to the street and search all men in central since there has been a robbery in Stockholm and the suspect looked like a man

I guess there are much more effective ways to handle the issue of illegal immigrants. How many cases do u think police will manage to catch? a more systematic solution is required

finally this give a huge freedom to police to violate citizens privacy just with a simple excuse that government has given to them

so a corrupted police sees a hot girl and yes he can ruin her they if he wants

don't forget the power in the hands of police and army should be controlled power
00:46 February 22, 2013 by Akwaozo
Sweden should embrace foreigners instead of deporting them, except those that are not law abiding.

America is great country today, because they welcomed immigrants
02:57 February 22, 2013 by Eric1
Racism is a word that is used to control people who disagree with a policy. If you are caucasian you will be called this many times in your life. Just ignore it. It's used by a bigoted person who has no argument or because the person calling you a "racist" is an anti-caucasian racist. Racism is alive and well, used as a political weapon by leftist.
05:02 February 22, 2013 by G Kin
@frenchviking

You want to complain about parasites?. How about your country France that has openly depended on and exploited countries in Africa. Ivory Coast, Congo, Cameroon etc. French government after government support pupet corrupt leaders in Africa as long as they protect France's interest. You want to talk about that?

Only you guys in Europe are entitled to a good quality life. We share this world just remember.
07:50 February 22, 2013 by jostein
@Akwaozo

Before you can build your multicultural paradize in sweden you will have to exterminate us natives and put us in reservations. Just like the Americans did to the Native Americans in America. You and your ilk are nothing but colonizers and destroyers.
08:19 February 22, 2013 by prince T
If u are pulled up in your car for alcoho test. It is ok

Police are not immigration officers. They are not allowed to check illegal immigrants. Even when they apprehend one, dey refer them to immigration.

They could stop suspicious looking person and asked them to identify themselves. . There is a law against that in sweden.

Racial profiling is wen police suspects someone ito be a criminal just because of the colour of their skin or accent. There must be a justified reason for them to question someone. One of my leaders dat refused to identify himself until he knows why he was a suspect was arrested only to be released later with an apology. Waste of tax payers t money
09:01 February 22, 2013 by RobinHood
Say what you will about the legality of random stop and searches, it really does seem to be rather effective. Arrests up from 1 071 to 2 154 in four years.

There seems to be a huge number of people going about Sweden breaking the law. Either change the law, or let the police do their duty chasing criminals.

As for the police only being allowed to stop people if they have a well-grounded suspicion. It's very difficult to prove one way or the other. If a policemen feels a non-European type person is displaying signs of nervousness (guilt) in his/her presence, is that sufficient grounds to suspect that person has something to worry about? Probably. Now prove the policeman did not feel that way. Probably impossible!

Ultimately, legitimate residents in Sweden have nothing to worry about. Police are not going to waste their time on a person waving a legitimate ID card (which everybody in Sweden carries with them all the time) and speaking in a Stockholm accent. A short conversation and a smile is all it takes.
09:37 February 22, 2013 by Lanthus Clark
I honestly don't see the problem here. The only people who need be afraid of this are people who are illegally in the country, the rest of us have nothing to worry about.

There are much worse things in the world than worrying about how the police are catching illegal immigrants. Get a life and be happy they are doing their jobs and making Sweden an illegal alien free place.
10:00 February 22, 2013 by hpunlimited
They only check people that have not paid their ticket(planka). I think it is fairly reasonable to check other people that commit other crimes as well, why shouldn't they? The illegal immigrants makes Sweden unsafe both for Swedes and other immigrants. People should ask themselves why these people weren't allowed to stay in the country in the first place with the most liberal refugee program in the world. Terrorists, economic tourists, scammers, drug dealers, rapists, identity theives and other undesirables. Are this the type of people you want to sit next to on your tunnelbana? Isn't the police here to protect us, the public BEFORE something happens?
10:26 February 22, 2013 by allnotmoney
spain,italy,greece was like this before now they are running for safety i wish swedish will not run for safety one day and reap the fruites of their attitudes
10:28 February 22, 2013 by J Jack
The most obvious way to pick an immigrant is by how they look .. I should know, I am one. There's nothing wrong with common sense.
10:45 February 22, 2013 by bourgeoisieboheme
It's the same in most European countries... in France, Germany, etc. It's less "racial profiling" and more "statistical profiling". It's a smart way to police rather than stopping every single person. These cops are stretched as is...
11:25 February 22, 2013 by SimonDMontfort
Methinks the subject of the article 'doth protest too much'

Spare a thought for the hard-pressed polis - they are going to be criticized by someone, whatever they do...
11:57 February 22, 2013 by althegreatest
In mainland Europe, especially in the Schengen States, this seems to be the norm. The borderless region has brought the borders to the main stations in the big cities. Have travelled from Paris to Athens and from Stockholm to Madrid this primitive method of racial profiling is actually used and in most of these countries there are no independent organisations that investigate Police conduct in public places. In other words Police can't be policed- they are above the law!

A friend was singled out in Berlin simply coz he was the only one who looked "different". Then when the train stopped just before crossing into Switzerland- he was the only one searched and they also had to go and scan his I.D card. Unbelievable!

Considering that this is the 21st century, it still shows that if one does not look caucasian in Europe- he or she is perceived as a foreigner in the eyes of the primitive laws which still exist in most European countries. Sad but, in actual fact, true.
12:17 February 22, 2013 by Rishonim
@jostein-re 22

Before you can build your multicultural paradize in sweden you will have to exterminate us natives and put us in reservations. Just like the Americans did to the Native Americans in America. You and your ilk are nothing but colonizers and destroyers.

What about the institutialized destruction of the Sami culture where your government made it illegal for them to even speak their own language, and any caught speaking the language risked going to prison. How about the government urging people to steal their drums and destroy any sign of their culture?? You see, in your country,, racial profiling has long existed. ask the Sami people.
12:31 February 22, 2013 by althegreatest
In a cosmopolitan 21st century Europe this is racism and should not be allowed in any country. In most mainland European countries the Police is above the law and there are no independent organisations that can police them. Most of the laws of stop and search in these countries are quite primitive.

I have travelled from Stockholm to Madrid and From Paris to Athens, if one does not look caucasian at any of the main stations- he or she does not deserve to be there.That is a fact. To most of those who believe that this is not racism- you are just being ignorant coz you are not on the receiving end.

We travelled as a group through Germany and Switzerland and one of our friends was singled out in Berlin for being "different". As if that was not enough, crossing into Switzerland by train, he was the only one searched and his I.D card was scanned as well. In Italy we all agreed that enough was enough, so when they asked him alone for his I.D at the main station in Milan, we also gave our I.Ds to be checked. When they ignored them, we demanded to know why they had picked up on our colleague who had the same I.D as all of us. We asked for the Policeman's force number and went to the Police Station to lodge a complaint but nothing was taken seriously. So, if this is not racism, then what is?
14:36 February 22, 2013 by Rishonim
@althegreatest, Last year alone I was pulled over by police to give me the sobriety test simple because of my skin color and obviously I was driving an overpriced vehicle. I have asked over 20 Swedes how often they have been pulled over and the answer is zero times. Sweden has institutionalized racism in pretty much every aspect of their daily existence. Do a simple test, send three or four foreign looking males to try to gain access to any night spot and I guarantee the door nazis will pull the guess list trick on them.
15:08 February 22, 2013 by nobel
No wonder as the Swedish mission in Egypt is discriminating Egyptians inside their home country and lying and cheating for this purpose. The Ambassador is supporting this lying and cheating and sign on it on the official documents. They also had corruption agreement with a legal adviser in JO which is supposed to rectify the wrong things done by the Swedish governmental offices. They are using their knowledge of the law to fool the law and hurt people that is just disgusting!
15:10 February 22, 2013 by jostein
@Rishonim RE:#32

Pray tell, how exactly will previous harsh treatment of the Sami make the destruction of our swedish culture and our swedish people more attractive to me and mine?
15:21 February 22, 2013 by The reality is
Profiling is in use in many places around the world today, including the US and the UK and all of the self-professed, liberal, tolerant democracies that tout equality.

This sort of profiling is not limited to people who have immigrated to Sweden, by the way. The native Sami people have been enduring this kind of unfair profiling and treatment for centuries and still deal with it today in the "kinder, more modern Sweden" that is often self-professed by Swedish human rights organisations.

Sweden portrays itself as some global watchdog for human rights. It's a bit like having the fox watching the hen house, the same as it is everywhere else.

The worst aspect of this is found in the saying that "history repeats itself. They used to use this sort of profiling technique extensively in 1930's Germany as well. Let's all hope that we are smarter than to let this get further out of control.
16:11 February 22, 2013 by jostein
@The reality is

If you elect to go to another peoples land and colonize it, expect to be treated as a colonist? So take your tales of nazi Germany and and exchange them for the heroic tales of Mr Mandela and Mr Mugabe, Umkhonto we Sizwe and Zanu PF. The wind has turned and your treacherous mediopolitical class is losing its iron grip on sweden.
17:29 February 22, 2013 by Vendorune
of course it would be much better if we were all implanted with a microchip in our skull from birth which had all relative and updated information and the police officer wouldn't need to ask anything -- the scanner in his "cell phone" will show identities of all person on train, station, bus, taxi, etc.
00:32 February 23, 2013 by Kronaboy
@prince T

I agree that the best way of dealing with this disgraceful state of affairs is to make it so financially costly through none cooperation that the police simply have to give up due to budgetary constraints. However, I grew up under SUS and it becomes a bit difficult to keep up a campaign of peaceful disobedience if you have the appearance of person likely to be stopped several times a month. My experience of Swedish Police when compared to UK police has been reasonably pleasant and whether or not I will cooperate with the police will be determined by how professionally they deal with me. I suspect that regardless of how we react the police will continue to misuse their powers until such time as there is a back lash (probably from 2nd and 3rd generation migrants) along the line of the UK in the 80s.

@jostein

Pray tell what exactly will your kind do if by some miracle you achieve power, I suspect nothing because that is all your kind are good for. I was actually pleased to hear SD had achieved some political success because it finally means that your odious philosophy is being cleansed from mainstream politics. You know I pity your kind because at the end of the day we will all end the same way, in what will seem like a blink of an eye we will be flat on our back begging god for one more breath, and what will you have to justify your existence apart from bigotry and hatred???
01:03 February 23, 2013 by Avidror
It's impressive to see how The Local attracts so many comments with articles regarding racial issues.
02:24 February 23, 2013 by jostein
@Kronaboy

I am a mortal creature. After life seems the same as before life to me. Meaning to say oblivion. What will remain in the world of me when i am gone is copies of my genetic material. To me, it is a consolation that people reminiscent of me will continue to exist in the world when i am no more. But even this you will deny us? And you call US hateful? You call us BIGOTS? Your ideology is one of hate, destruction and genocide. Who do i wish to exterminate? Noone? We only want to continue to exist. We only wish to avoid extermination here in the land of our ancestors. You are a spiteful viscious creature.
09:40 February 23, 2013 by vicky7
It's a good start. Hopefully they'll start checking EU migrants ID as well. Schengen is bad for Sweden.
11:00 February 23, 2013 by Kronaboy
@jostein

I think you should seriously consider seeking medical help, it's obvious to even lay man you are suffering from chronic delusional paranoia.

@vicky7

Absolutely agree with you 100% Vicky, sooner we kick out from the UK the thousands of Sweed's sponging from generous UK benefits (paid for through my hard earned taxes) the better.
12:38 February 23, 2013 by jostein
Kronaboy

A fact is that us Swedes will cease to exist, culturally and genetically, in sweden within 60 years with current immigrationlevels. This is merely statistics. Y

Now, two possible interpetations exist. Either the rulers of sweden do this on purpose. Or they do this because they are inept. I readily admit that i can prove no intent. But seriously? At some point you have to stop assuming benevolent ineptitude and start considering malicious intent? That is not paranoia, it is sanity?

You cannot claim you are not responsible for the effects of your own actions or the actions of those that you support ad nauseum in perpetuity? At some point, your feet have to be nailed to the floor where you stand? At some point, responsibility for what you have done and supported have to be pinned on your chest?
13:13 February 23, 2013 by Kronaboy
@jostein

Jostein, I don't say this easily (everyone has a right to their views) but you are seriously crackers, and I think you should stop listening to the SD/Aryan brotherhood bullshit and seek medical help before you do a Breivik. The difference between you and a daffodil is 1%, the difference between you and chimpanzee is negligible, and even if you revert to a Neanderthal (which is what you appear to be seeking) there would still be no Biological difference between you and a Somali. Keep in mind, if your god Hitler had won, you would never have been permitted to reproduce, in fact you would probably have been thrown in the back of one of his special treatment trucks and poisoned with Carbon Monoxide long before you reached puberty.
14:02 February 23, 2013 by jostein
@Kronaboy

Insults aside, did you have an argument to make? I guess not.
16:41 February 23, 2013 by AquamanUK
As a person of distant Scandinavian Ancestry (arrived in England in 800 and 1066).

I have Dark hair and Brown Eyes and was on my first Biz Trip to Sweden when I was 30 years old. I could tell who was Not only Swedish but who was from Stockholm, Malmo, and Gothenburg as well as differentiate between Swedish, Norwegians, Danes and Finnish.

Even though my ancestry is over a millennium up my family tree - I was still spoken to in Every shop and every 7-11 as if I were a Native Swede - In Swedish!

So If I can tell who is from where, I had never been there before (but return numerous times a year now). If a Person walks like a duck, quacks like a duck... It is a Duck!

So stop and searches of people who are obviously Not Swedish, nor Scandinavian, etc... Is perfectly legitimate in my opinion as I can spot the foreigner in the Nordic Countries!

Carrying ID is a requirement and anyone who looks like they might be 'quacking' - should be questioned.

Or a simple way to tell without even asking for ID, Speak to the person in ENGLISH. 100% of Illegal immigrants will Not speak English - they speak say Arabic and Swedish because the state pays for Swedish Courses -but to learn English when it is not required or necessary in their daily life... They will Not speak English.

Called a 'Social Nudge' -

the modern way for govt's, police, businesses to discriminate is to Speak to person in English. (or advertise a job that requires English proficiency). Learn to be more adept and the police, border etc will not find themselves in such 'petty' news babble.

Swedish speak perfect English!
18:27 February 23, 2013 by Enjoyourlife
@frenchviking when other countries are complaining, france should stay quiet. France is destroying africa. Without africa..there is no france. Did you not recently hear from your government that over 6 thousands french citizens are living in cameroon alone. Europeans are entitled to live any where but others are not supposed to live in Europe.
19:28 February 23, 2013 by jostein
@Enjoyourlife

So, due to you nitpicking from politics and history people do not have a right to defend their home and their kin, according to you? What manner of beast are you, to make such descicions on other people? What gives you the right?
00:01 February 24, 2013 by peterrkj
@ jostein I have to agree with kronaboy you should seek medical help for your paranoia. why would you think that because of immigration that the Swedish people would loose there identity or country there has been immigration in countrys all over the world for centuries and nobody has lost there heritage or land because of it, the immigrants tend to adapt to the culture look at the Swedes who have migrated to America after a generation there of American culture. My point is the Swedish aren't going to disappear from Sweden because of immigrants. You also have no idea of what colonization is, generally it involves mass slaughter and exile of the natives to be replaced by people loyal to the colonial power who are giving the authority and resources to then maintain possession of what they've taking and Britain has used this tactic all over the world for hundreds of years.
00:35 February 24, 2013 by jostein
@peterrkj

Concerning your american example, let me qoute the great man Tecumseh and his views on immigration:

Brothers,—When the white men first set foot on our grounds, they were hungry; they had no place on which to spread their blankets, or to kindle their fires. They were feeble; they could do nothing for themselves. Our father commiserated their distress, and shared freely with them whatever the Great Spirit had given his red children. They gave them food when hungry, medicine when sick, spread skins for them to sleep on, and gave them grounds, that they might hunt and raise corn.

Brothers,—The white people are like poisonous serpents: when chilled, they are feeble and harmless; but invigorate them with warmth, and they sting their benefactors to death.

The white people came among us feeble; and now we have made them strong, they wish to kill us, or drive us back, as they would wolves and panthers.

Brothers,—The white men are not friends to the Indians: at first, they only asked for land sufficient for a wigwam; now, nothing will satisfy them but the whole of our hunting grounds, from the rising to the setting sun.

Brothers,—The white men want more than our hunting grounds; they wish to kill our warriors; they would even kill our old men, women and little ones.
18:35 February 24, 2013 by thevoiceofenlightment
The event at Stockholm tube has nothing to do with racism and what is more I don't see any wrongdoing from the side of the Stockholm police officers. Simply put yourself in their shoes. To track down illegal immigrants on the street you must check only people other than European looking....as simple as that. Otherwise you have to begin checking every one which is irrational and impossible. Of course they will ask you in English as it's a lingua franca now.
10:48 February 26, 2013 by robban70226
I agree with the intention and believe it should be done but Obviously is being done incorrectly by unqualified and untrain peope, Proper procedures that can respect the indiiduals should be stablished. I believe that most people in Sweden agree that it is time to clean the house
23:20 March 16, 2013 by FatherJon
'Profiling' has become the banner call from lefties in many countries now. It's a hot topic in Australia and England. Police have to do their job and the illegal immigration rackets are growing everywhere.
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Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year. READ  

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