Sjävkänslan i Sverige is for me not the same as “self esteem”. I can’t find the right words with which to translate what I feel about “självkänslan” which is in itself something of a concept. It’s not mere “self-esteem” – it’s more of a very realistic self-assessment and the self assessment of the average Swede ( don’t ask me who she or he is) is that sure, Sweden is a great country, coupled with all the great things that Sweden has been in the past. Every Englishman has read about Gustavus Adolphus – when Sweden was like the USA and kicking ass everywhere – and everyone outside of the Swedish borders venerates August Strindberg, Selma Lagerlöf, Ingmar Bergman,Emanuel Swedenborg and has heard about the Vikings, Swedish sex, ABBA, Bjorn Borg, and more recently Hans Blix who excelled even himself in last week’s BBC Hardtalk and should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a long time ago.
Everybody knows that Dag Hammarskjöld is one of the greatest Swedes that has ever lived
And Raoul Wallenberg can certainly be added to the list of eminent Swedes…
In the very near future – in June to be precise, the House of Windsor and all the Royal Houses of Europe up to the most venerated Royal House of Japan and the most loved King of Thailand will have heard about and participated in the earthshaking love event that will restore Sweden to the limelight on the world stage – namely the Royal wedding that will weld together our Princess Victoria and her Daniel , through the holy rites of Holy Matrimony that will take place in the Stockholm Cathedral on the 19th of June 2010.
Princess Victoria wedding
After which the nation will slowly return from national euphoria to some lower form of political reality as the left, right and centre battle it out – for power on the day of Judgement : 19thSeptemberr, 2010 and here I’d just like to zero in on one aspect of the pending elections, namely the immigrant aspect of the demography questions (on the religious idenity/ people front among other things it’s over 400,000 Muslims in Sweden today, and less than 21,000 Jews with an un- or incalculable number of Christians and other minority religious and non-religious or cultural, national ( foreign) denominations….
Today, this is supposed to be the reality:
Fifth of Swedish population foreign
and here are more details about
immigrants in Sweden
This apparently uncontrollable/ uncontrolled phenomena is not peculiar to Sweden alone, not when we look at Sweden as a country – state or province of the European Union. Not peculiar to Sweden alone , but quite new for Sweden because unlike Great Britain, France, Portugal , Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, even Italy, apart from exercising propriety rights over the tiny West Indian island of St. Barthélemy for the very brief period of a few years, Sweden has never been a colonial power – with colonies in Africa, Asia, South America……from which places citizens have usually gravitated back to the colonial headquarters, part of what ex-colonials have called “ re-paying the colonial debt”( the new “White Man’s Burden”)
Now, believe it or not this spurious piece of news turned up about the British left and this too takes me back to my meeting a Swedish gentleman on a bus some fifteen years ago and we got to talking. He had lived in Chicago in the sixties and wondered whether I was from those parts. “Why should you wonder so?” I asked him in my Maine accent.
” Because someone by the name of Olof Palme made sure that every Tom , Dick and Harry from just about every corner of the world was brought into this country”, was his reply to the question, and thus was the conversation terminated, on the spot.
The spurious piece of news is this and gives some food for thought:
All over, the left supports immigration for votes
Now we are left grappling with questions of integration, problems still to be solved about the high rates of unemployment among immigrants, the rise of the Sweden Democrats who will surely win at least one parliamentary seat this coming election even if no one wants to enter into a ruling coalition alliance with them, should it be necessary to do so in order to obtain a parliamentary majority and these questions and problems are all bedevilled by the attendant problems of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. About the latter which featured very prominently in the Local in connection with that infamous Aftonbladet article, here is the final post-mortem:
The Aftonbladet Organs -Trafficing Accusations against Israel : A case study
There are of course many questions arising from the sketchy material provided above and some of these matters arising shall have to be looked into a little more deeply, because we all love Moder Svea and today, the Left, the Right, the Centre and the so called Christian Democrats are all courting the immigrant vote……
The very specific question is : What is on the various party agendas for immigrants?
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