‘Swastika’ flower arrangement causes consternation

Residents of the small town of Aneby in southern Sweden reacted angrily this week to a floral display on a roundabout in front of the town hall that appeared to depict a swastika.

The council’s head gardener was dispatched to the scene on Wednesday to rearrange the flowers in a more appropriate manner.

“We got reactions at lunchtime yesterday and immediately went out and changed it,” council spokesman Bo Davidsson told Sveriges Radio.

“People thought it looked like a swastika but I didn’t really think it did. It was more like a wheel with twisted arms,” he added.

The head gardener said he had been inspired by a similar traffic roundabout in Helsingborg. But the pattern looked somewhat different when scaled down to fit the smaller Aneby roundabout.