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Couple dubbed racists in son's health records

TT/Charlotte West · 13 Jul 2009, 13:28

Published: 13 Jul 2009 13:28 GMT+02:00

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The woman filed a claim against Norra Älvsborg municipal hospital to Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd - HSAN), a national authority that assesses medical negligence, after discovering that she and her husband had been described as racists in their son's medical charts, reported TTELA newspaper.

Three years ago, when the son was five months old, the woman rushed the boy to the hospital in an ambulance. At the hospital, they encountered a foreign doctor whom the woman was unable to understand. She asked to see a Swedish-speaking doctor, and her request was granted.

When she recently requested her son's medical journal, she read that she and her husband had were described as racists in the notations.

Hospital management is also of the opinion that the notation was inappropriate.

The woman has also reported the doctor to the police for slander, and submitted a request to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to have her son's medical journal destroyed.

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“We are not racists; we just didn't understand what the doctor said,” the mother told TTELA, adding that the notation had absolutely nothing to do with her son's medical condition.

She furthermore wondered if it had affected the family's treatment during subsequent visits to the same hospital.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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13:56 July 13, 2009 by unkle strunkle
The problem of doctors who can't speak Swedish is well known:


This couple being labeled as racists is absurd beyond belief. Sweden can't seem to get anything right since it began its little "multicultural" experiment.
16:00 July 13, 2009 by Tutu
iT is major requirement for all doctors in Sweden to have at least Svenska B before they could work. This is a big slap on the so called integration. Foreign doctors cannot always be expected to speak swedish with Swedish accent. it is racist to go to hopital and be requesting for a white swedish doctors. It has happened that patients would reject doctors just because they are foreigners. I think this is wrong of the Swedish Authorities. Swedish people do work in UK and are not judged on basis of their different english accent. i should be judged on my qualifcations not my accent. I have a friend that got first class in advanced Swedish and electrical engineering in Chalmars but was for many years without job because of communiction skills. IT IS INSTITUTIONALISED RACISM
16:00 July 13, 2009 by svensson1982
Please unkle strunkle you can add , as usual , check their religions ...etc. You don't know the parents and you dont know the doctor!!!!!!

Nothing to Add.

One thing. You jumped to the idea that the problem is with the ( non svensson ) doctor not with the svensons themselves without any clue to the real story!!!!!

16:14 July 13, 2009 by Tutu
What you call multicuturalism is what i call dicrimination. the so called integration policies are just political gimmicks. how on earth do believe that a hospital employ a doctor that cannot speak and write proper swedish. we do read letters from swedish authorities with flood of grammatical errors. we do not start requesting for english speaking kommun officer. det är löjligt och det går absolut inte.
16:24 July 13, 2009 by unkle strunkle
This article states,

"At the hospital, they encountered a foreign doctor whom the woman was unable to understand. She asked to see a Swedish-speaking doctor, and her request was granted."

Even if the doctor completed Svenska B or further Swedish classes, if he could not be understood by his patient it was in no way racist of her to request a doctor who spoke intelligible Swedish. It is entirely the doctor's responsibility to speak fluent Swedish, not the Svenson's responsibility to understand poor Swedish. Her son's life could have been in danger if the doctor said one thing and she understood it as something else. This obviously has nothing to do with the doctor's or the patient's religion. Try reading the article that I linked above.
16:35 July 13, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Utterly ridiculous to be labelled a racist if you are in your native country and asking to be communicated to clearly in your native tongue. Well said unkle - a 'svensson' is equally capable of poor communication and if a patient is not happy at the level of service offered, they have every right to insist on someone who can be understood.
16:36 July 13, 2009 by Tutu
would it then be okay from someone from Göteborg to reject a doctor from Skåne or Småland. We do have doctors also from Denmark that speak funny swedish and somethings have to check lexikon while attending to patient. This is one of the main reason why professional people are leaving sweden and we are still being forced to employ from middle east and africa. if it dr obamas or sabunmis it is not okay but if it is dr svensson or andersson, it is no problem. I have had swedish lecturers whose accent are more difficult for even white swedish fellow students to understand.
16:55 July 13, 2009 by conboy
Maybe the doctor in question was a muppet or with a five month old sick baby maybe the parents were too stressed out or the whole thing was a combination of both factors.
17:02 July 13, 2009 by locaxy
Racist was uncalled for. Dumbass seems more appropriate.
17:38 July 13, 2009 by Palestinian
Svenska B, or the high school level of Swedish is required for doctors from outside EU as me!!

Doctors from inside EU do not need any language skills to work inside Sweden!

To have a doubt about our education and trust education from inside EU it is OK, we can do exams and prove our knowlge!

But to allow doctors from inside EU never spoke a single Swedish word to work directly and ask us to reach a very high level of swedish this is the real racism!

I think all forigner doctors should reach an acceptabel level of swedish before they start to work REGARDLESS to the colour of their passports!!

In the above case if the doctor was from outside EU so the family is racist because we have really a tough language education before we can work, but if the forigner doctor from inside EU I can belive that they did not understand him!!
18:30 July 13, 2009 by chuks
To Palestinia,thanks very much for your contribution.
18:35 July 13, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
It is likely that the Swedish doctor was the muppet, it's just they could understand him better.
18:58 July 13, 2009 by Nomark
You write that if the doctor was non-EU they are racist - this is simplistic and questionable for a variety of reasons.

First, you should be careful about assuming that the education is as rigorous as you think for everyone. Standards may not be applied uníformly across the board (they rarely are) especially when it concerns oral communication. Furthermore, someone's ability to speak a second language can be affected by many things, not least tiredness. I give lectures in Swedish but if I'm knackered then my vocabulary, grammar and overall fluency suffer accordingly.

I think its disgraceful that an allegation as serious as racism was appended to a medical record in this way - the doctor, or whoever wrote it, ought to be disciplined since its sneaky, unprofessional and unfair. If someone is labelled with the r word then they ought to be told about it and given an opportunity to respond.
19:34 July 13, 2009 by E AR M
The Problem that most of the Swedes didnt knew is that their government allow the doctors from the EU to work in Swedish Hospitals without the prolonged language courses that the non-europian doctor should pass in order to work as a doctor in Sweden .
19:41 July 13, 2009 by grantike
in quotes

At the hospital, they encountered a foreign doctor whom the woman was unable to understand. She asked to see a Swedish-speaking doctor, and her request was granted.

what eactly did she not understand the type of drugs to be given to the child or what exactly did she not understand before requesting for another doctor.lets not pretend like we donot know thw truth

lets also note here,it took this doctor a hitch as professional to use this comment this will show us the level of grivence and anger the doctor went through before making those notes.read your minds and count your teeth.its very simple
20:30 July 13, 2009 by Palestinian

language is a way of communication not a way to show!

If you write Swedish to your students in the same way you write English they will never graduate!!

I describe again from my personal experince:

If the doctor from outside EU then he had studied language till a very high level and he worked for 18 months as under training doctor before he had started his job, logicaly it is not possible for him not to understand a conversation inside his job!

For a family not to accept him so they did not like his accent or his hair colour and they are RACIST!

This is my personal opinion and I have no idea if it is allowed or needed to be written or not!!
21:14 July 13, 2009 by Nomark
Insulting me isn't going to help your argument - nor is your use of exclamation marks and UPPER CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. The fact is that your previous assertion was facile and I simply pointed this out. Stop being so excitable.

I note that you still persist with your flawed logic. Becoming a qualified doctor does not imply there won't be circumstances in which a patient may not understand a person's language and accent.
21:19 July 13, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh

You are getting worked up about something you have not got a clue about... Firstly we do not know whether the doctor is from the EU or not. Secondly I and I am sure I am not alone, have met plenty of people who are fluent in English but their accents make them difficult to understand and I am pretty confident that the same applies to Swedish as well.

The Swedish couple were certainly facing a stressful situation and this alone can impede someone's comprehension of a difficult accent and I'm sure that they wanted to be 100% certain about what was being told to them.
21:28 July 13, 2009 by CTIDinÅrsta
Agreed, isn't the jist of the article the inappropriate comments in the child's medical journal.

We know nothing about the race/nationality of the doctor or the parents or of the doctor who took over the case - only that the parents wanted the information about their child to be given in Swedish. Not unreasonable in Sweden.

Labeling the parents as racists on the child's medical journal cannot be acceptable, however ill treated the Doctor felt. Those records could follow the child throughout it's life if the condition was serious.
21:39 July 13, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
Even if the doctor was black and they said to the Swede "I don't want this nigger....." there is no reason for that comment to go on official record.
21:43 July 13, 2009 by Nomark
Palestinian - would you like to comment on the following case of racism within the medical establishment in Sweden:

http://www.thelocal.se/5932/20061229/ .

The facts there seem more clear cut than in the article we have been discussing.

I'm sure that you don't practice double standards so I look forward to your vehement denunciation of the racist.
21:51 July 13, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
22:26 July 13, 2009 by wxman
When it comes down to the health and welfare of loved ones, NOTHING is racist. Family comes first. If there is something, anything, you don't like about the doctor assigned, you have a right to get another one. Even if you don't like the way he parts his hair.
22:35 July 13, 2009 by Sofia_stockholm
There is, as far as I can see, no mention of the woman not liking the race, or even nationality, of the physician in question but a request to see a doctor who were fluent in Swedish.

Is this unreasonable? Not at all!

It should be just a important for the physician that his/her patient (or parents thereof) understood completely the diagnosis and any possible treatment suggested.
23:13 July 13, 2009 by DAVID T
Maybe if the Doctors that are born and train in Sweden were given a decent wage they wouldn't leave the health service and go private or work abroad. This leaves the health authority having to employ second rate Doctors from third world countries as no other professional would work for the peanuts they pay.
23:13 July 13, 2009 by The Indian
When ever I've had the misfortune of being forced to use the medical facilities in Sweden, I've been grossly over dosed with prescribed medication. Getting the same doctor (in all cases it was a Swedish doctor) to look into the matter was impossible. Also, I've noted unless theres proof - like someone dying, they don't like to admit their mistaken prescriptions. Which left me with no choice but to call up home and have an Indian doctor figure out how to deal with the situation. Thanks to which I'm still alive. In cases like this where Swedish doctors claim to understand English or prescriptions, and fail, theres no action taken. Institutional racism exists, and you have to be non-white and preferably from a developing nation to experience it.
23:29 July 13, 2009 by Tutu
the following questions should be asked

why did sweden invest in foreign doctors when they know they dont have swedish accent? do doctors and nurses in the hospital dont understand this particular dr or the woman is just plain insentive? why cant another nurse or staff nearby interprete instead of replacing the doctor if it is not a general trend? Is the dr african, middle eastern, danish or skånska The treatment of the dr is an insult to his profession and it is wrong of the dr to write racist in the journal. The Swedish community must be willing to compromise with foreign professionals if they really need one, just like the progressive eu countries like Norway, UK etc if they want to make head way in the future. Swedish Obama would never arise with this type of insentive behaviors. A lot of foreigners trained by Sweden are being used in Norway, US and Canada. What a waste of tax payers money
23:31 July 13, 2009 by Palestinian

I read the article you linked!


No thing to discuss!

He is a stupied person and he dose not deserve to have a practicing license!

patient is patient regardless to his name,age,sex,race,position ....etc. This is a primary medical ethics.

He did that because he is a bad person not because he is a forigner doctor as you are trying to show!

To think in that way is totaly rascim!

Few months ago I heared that a swedish gang stealed a bank.Can I consider every Swedish citizen as a theif?????

Few months ago a Swedish doctors judged in base on practising oral sex with a patient during examination and it was written in the local.Is that because he is Swedish???

Absolutely not!!!!!
23:33 July 13, 2009 by Rubbi
Well actually it is. You see this is a Swedish news site in english which reports on stories involing swedes and Sweden.
23:33 July 13, 2009 by Tutu
David T watch your tongue. third world people are as intellingent as those in eu. Go to UK, USA and see them there. It is only in Sweden they are inefficient and inexprieced
23:48 July 13, 2009 by Palestinian
David T

when you are stupied and do not know laws and have no idea about how the health system works out so no need to share with us your silly opinions!

Sweden dose not import any doctors from the third world !

Doctors who came from there have a lot of complications to work here and they have to reach a very high levelof language and to pass difficult exams which most of qualified Swedish doctors failed to pass it in a research sample !


When a person has already a swedish practising licsence we should not look to his race either it will be racism!
23:50 July 13, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
So lets get this straight, without any evidence to support your case, you are fully convinced that the couple is racist because the couple asked for Swedish doctor. How did you come to this conclusion? Racial profiling perhaps?

Then when faced with an example of a Palestinian doctor in Sweden not wanting to treat and American because they are an American you write his behaviour off as "he is a bad person" and then accuse someone of being racist because they pointed out this case?

There is only one conclusion, the racist is YOU... and you are too stupid to see it
00:05 July 14, 2009 by Tutu
Palestinian is not racist. If one say he is angry and offended i would agree. this culture of patients rejecting foreign doctors is very common even in my vårdcentrum. this is why i am very angry too. Mere seeing the name is enough for patients to reject that doctor in Vårdcentrum. A patient once screamed when thedoctor tried to touch her. this is a big problem with older swedish. For the authories to agree to replace the doctor is what I call institutional racism. I have your back Palestina. refgheh hugh have no idea.
00:18 July 14, 2009 by Sofia_stockholm
It's mandatory for the care trusts to provide interpretors so that those who do not speak Swedish can get to communicate to the care staff in their own language in matters that concern their health and treatment. Should it not then also be a matter of course that someone speaking Swedish should be able to communicate with the treating physician in Swedish?
00:22 July 14, 2009 by Palestinian

I did not judge a family as racist!

I do not know where from coming the forigner doctor and to convince is a big issue need a lot of proves and details ,I just analyse !

I said >in the case was the doctor from outside EU and because of doctors from outside EU go to a long tough high level courses before they can practise medicine so it is not logic not to understand the Patient then the only explanation here that they did not accept or trust him because he is a forigener!

I said also if a forigner doctor was from inside EU so it is normal for the family not to understand him because he did not go into obligatory langauge education and the family in this case can never be racist!

Do not take parts from my words!

About the doctor who refused to help a patient he is bad and racist of course.

And if he is Palestinian (No thing written about that)? Can you consider all of us bad and racist because of that??

You have just called me racist and stupied so thank you :)
00:29 July 14, 2009 by Nomark
Palestinian may or may not be racist but he/she is pretty desperate to accuse other people of racism - which is ironic since he/she seems not to particularly understand that universal nature of racism i.e. people of all ethnicities can experience it.

The reason I posted the story was to illustrate this. I find it bizarre that Palestinian's view is that I acted in order to show that foreign doctors are racist.

Palestinian - grow up. Racism will never be defeated whilst people like you use the term so glibly. The opposite is probably the case.

I'm not sure who p*sses me off more: racists or people who cry "racist" without first thinking "what are the real facts here ?".
00:29 July 14, 2009 by Palestinian

Thanks very much!
00:38 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
I don't disagree that there is racism among Swedes towards foreign doctors and I certainly can imagine that it is worse with the older Swedes.

But our friend Mr P is going full on with the "racist card" with limited facts making assumptions based on what can only be racial profiling.

Let me ask you this, if there was an article here about someone getting stabbed in Södertälje and I responded "it must have been an Iraqi that did it" Mr P would be branding me a racist because I jumped to a conclusion based on racial profiling.

He is blinded by his own racism to the extent that he cannot see any other possibility

As for "institutional racism" bull crap. The hospitals number 1 priority is to the patient. The 5 month old child was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and it is clearly better that a doctor, any doctor, be attending to the child rather than the hospital staff wasting their time trying to convince the parent to allow the original doctor to continue.
00:45 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
From the article

"According to Johansson, the doctor was a Palestinian who objected to American foreign policy in the Middle East."

Clearly the doctor is racist and this thread is showing you to be one also. As for the other 14million Palestinians, i have never encountered them, so I have not got a clue.
00:52 July 14, 2009 by Palestinian
Of course if you expext a murder in a crime to be from a certian race without knowing the details you will be racist!

Either we both shoud go to Noramk to learn us what is the real defention of racism which I use as a spot diagnosis as he said!! :)

About the family and the child, it is their absolute right to refuse any doctor and no one can inforce them to have a ceartin doctor whatever is the case of the patient!

When only discussed why they did that from the simple undetailed information we got from the article!

00:57 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
Accent, accent, accent....

Just because someone has had a tough language course that they passed, it does not mean that every Swede will understand them.

I have worked in Asian immigrants in Australia who have lived there for a long time, gone though the Australian school system and university, fluent in English and yet at times I would still struggle to understand them because of their accent.

You want to believe they are racist just because that is what you expect them to be.
00:59 July 14, 2009 by Palestinian

Ya he was Palestinain!

I did not noitce it before!

A racist Palestinian!

A bad Palesinian!

You have an information to judge him but no thing to judge me!

Anyhow if you come once as my patient be sure that you will take your complete treatment , care and respect even if you screamed in my face and shouted as a crzay racist ( I hate palestinians) ;)

01:01 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
And where does it differ from what you are doing here? Swede + requesting Swedish doctor = racist
01:07 July 14, 2009 by 7

we don't know what they really said and we don't know how good/bad the doctor's swedish (with or without accent) is/was

it was a mistake to enter it into a patient's medical record. period.
01:08 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
I have two pages of comments to judge you

Funny you should mention about being a patient, but I chose my house doctor partly on race. I don't trust Swedish doctors unless it is a text book case, so I found a private doctor who made me feel more trusting. He is Iranian
01:09 July 14, 2009 by Palestinian

If you are right!

Sweden should stop learning swedish as a second languge and USA and UK should stop TOFEL and ILETS because no one really can change his accent!

I undersand how diffcult it is with australian accent!

I wrorked with australian staff once and I always asked them to repeat and to talk slowly! The american and candian friends did the same and did not understand every thing!

It is not the same case with Swedish and you know that as a swedish teacher!

I have been here for 2 years and I have no problems in communication !

The only problem I can face is only when some one want you not to understand and tries to make it complicated!

04:29 July 14, 2009 by jimmyjames
Medical situations, especially medical emergencies, are stressful and emotional. To ask for a doctor you can absolutely understand makes perfect sense. A doctor may be able to read and write in a language not his "mother tongue" however the doctors ability to speak in his "host" language may be minimal at best and illegible at worst. Also medical situations are, by their very nature, extremely intimate. Why is it such a bad thing to want your doctor to be a member of your own "tribe" creating as comfortable situation as possible ? This is especially true regarding ones children. You will find, if you dig deep enough, that the individuals who really advocate "multi-culturalism" have other agenda they are trying to achieve.
07:17 July 14, 2009 by The Green Turtle
Now imagine if it were an Arabic patient refusing to be treated by a female doctor?

If it were me in the hospital, and the care I was getting was good and appropriate, I could care less if I couldn't understand what the doctor was saying. I don't understand medical jargon in English anyways...
07:35 July 14, 2009 by Sofia_stockholm
Completely different!

To refuse treatment from someone based on their gender is not at all the same thing as requesting a different physician based on you not understanding what the other one is saying and you want to make sure you understand your doctor and that they understand you.

To refuse someone based on their gender is illegal in Sweden - to refuse someone based on their inability be speak Swedish is not.
08:25 July 14, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
So you are trying to say that it is not possible for someone to be fluent in Swedish and have an accent that is difficult to be understood by other Swedish speakers??? Get real.
09:51 July 14, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
Like MICHAEL JACKSON I choose a medical DOCTOR based on his abilities to give ME all the DRUGS I WANT *unconditionally prescribed* to ME. I even *married* one for that matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



10:22 July 14, 2009 by locaxy
There's nothing even remotely hinting at the complainer's race in the article. You seem to be making quite a few assumptions yourself.

We all agree that the doctor shouldn't have labeled the couple as racist in the son's records. The term is ambiguous to start with. Case in point: You mistakenly confuse discrimination based on citizenship with racism in the case of that ethically-challenged Palestinian doctors who refused to treat the American.

Pot. Kettle.

And by extension, why is it such a bad thing to segregate toilets based on race? Urinating and defecation are, by their very nature, extremely intimate.

Was that established? At this point, I think you should write "based on your inability to understand what they're saying".
11:32 July 14, 2009 by 7
i just hate when bad penmanship makes it impossible for me to understand what someone speaks.
11:39 July 14, 2009 by The Green Turtle
Can I as a female request a female doctor then?
12:39 July 14, 2009 by Loonyman
Well, at my local Vårdcentral, we have drop in time in the morning, where you take a number to the Dr you wish to see. I'm not saying that the Swedes are racist, but I laugh at the old dears who will wait for 2 hours to see Dr Svensson, as I stroll straight in and see Dr Singh or Dr Poppadopalis.

Not realy so relevant to this thread, but it never fails to amuse me when I got to the Doctors :-)
13:07 July 14, 2009 by Ken114
13:45 July 14, 2009 by Tutu
I usually read some of our svenssons writing go back 2 you country if you dont like our style and i am suprised i have not read one.

i agree with jimmy james a little bit. If a doctor is deemed qualified by the hospital and can speak and write correct swedish, i do not think accent should be a reason why he should be displaced. When we go to the hospital it is not the doctor we go to meet but the representative of the hospital which is the doctor.

Very soon we would be requesting the type of police we want in emergency, the type of staff that should attend to us at the bank, chemist. also insist on svenssson teaching our children at school. Get real men we live in a multicultural world and all of us are interelatted. Ikea would have closed down if they shops only in Sweden. Most of our best footballers play outside of sweden. My point is we are family whether we like it or not.
19:12 July 14, 2009 by Nomark
Tutu - I'm afraid its you who should get real.

The parents weren't buying a sofa from IKEA - they were arranging treatment for a sick child. They had every right to insist on a doctor who could communicate effectively with them. This has absolutely nothing to do with Sweden being a multicultural society. We should all be careful about overinterpreting events in terms of racism, especially when we don't know the facts.

If - and its a big if since we have no evidence of this - they acted in a racist way, the doctor should have reported this to his superiors and left it there. To place an allegation of racism against them on their child's medical record is extremely unprofessional. In my opinion, the doctor should be disciplined for this. In fact the doctor's actions here convince me that the parents did the right thing in demanding another doctor, irrespective of any communication difficulties.
03:37 July 15, 2009 by Blazek
Yes, of course.
12:44 July 15, 2009 by robertsolfrid
Sweden = Multiculturalism gone mad.

When you lose your national identity surely that is a problem.
17:12 July 15, 2009 by Tutu
Comment: i can see that some cultures are backward and un-enligthened. That is why people comment as if they are still in the old ages. Sweden dont have their own doctors and engineers . the so called Dr Anianssons that we have are busy killing people all over the place. it is a fact that we have invandrare that are even swedish citizens. 32 thousand indigenous swedish coverted to islam in 2007 and changed their names to muslim names. We have to accept them or tell them to leave if we dare. this is what i term to be multiculturalism. Provided those culture does not collide with the foundational culture of the land i see no reason why we should complain. if anyone is not confident in their culture and identity, it is their own problem. Afterall Sweden is part ot the problem in Iraq and other places. they cause way and later go their to make billions of dollar out of their misery.
18:37 July 15, 2009 by totyis
Is "racism" a disease? If not, why it is written in a medical record? If it is a disease, then Africa and Middle East are very sick. I've noticed lately that if someone has an opinion (even well argued) that bothers someone else, the former can be dismissed easily by calling him\her racist.If I do not like to step on a dog poop I might be (considered) racist. This word has been deprived of meaning partially because it was used way to many times by people without any better counter argument.

23:05 July 16, 2009 by Tutu
The truth of the matter is that there is no such thing as multiculturalism in Sweden. it is just a phrase without meaning. Go go the banks, Kommun, clinics and even superstores. You hardly find staff with foreign background except in the cleaning department. In 2008 60% of my colleagues from Chalmers ended up Norway, UK , US and Canada because they were not good enough for Sweden, though Sweden trained them. My manager at LloydTsb in Woolwich London was a Jamaican. Can someone tell me which organistion is head by a swedish with a foreign background in Sweden. I dont think so.

when you go on the street we can easily identify invandrare housing estates from the indigenous ones. In the town where i live indegenous swedish children and invandrare dont go to the same dagis. Is that what we call multicultural experiment. It must be SVerige Democrats defination of multiculturalism. i will not write on this topic again
23:19 July 16, 2009 by Sofia_stockholm

Nyamko Sabuni springs to mind...
14:29 July 17, 2009 by Transworld

Why are we going so far...We are talking about a couple having a very stressful situation with a child, he was only 5 months old, do you imagine how the parent felt, the feeling that it is nothing they can do about it, and that the only person who can help there child is a doctor. I f i will have any doubt of my understanding about my child situation on a hospital because i am unable to understand the doctor, i will ask straight away for someone else. WE ARE TALKING HERE ABOUT A 5 MONTHS OLD BABY, that should have explain the situation,we all know that parent are fragile during the first cap of months due to a permanent stress and a very low amount of rest and sleep .

Part 1
14:35 July 17, 2009 by vamoscrew
True...it was only 5 months old...
14:36 July 17, 2009 by Transworld
I do feel bad for the doctor , but this story do not have anything to do with his origin, we should stop over use the world racism, and also think that when someone do not understand us, he is racist. I hope as human, we could understand that it take time for a society to introduce new people coming form different place all over the world. it took us hundreds years to build a stable democratic system, so i guess we can take some time to socialize all together.

i am not Swedish from with root, but Swedish from my heart, so please let go ahead and make this country even better that it is already.


14:40 July 17, 2009 by Norum
back in march I had a visit with a doctor who happened to be from one of the Muslim countries. She prescribed me a medication for a high blood pressure.

It would be ok, but, I had another visit in july, but this time it was with a Swedish doctor and, as I found out, the dose I was prescribed earlier was way too strong for me. It would have damaged my liver. I was told that if I was 90 then that would be no big deal, but because I am only 34, that is too strong.

Not to sound offensive, but I just dont trust a doctor if he or she comes from outside Europe.
23:42 July 17, 2009 by Coalbanks
I have had difficulty understanding English-speaking Australians (I am a native English-speaker) and if I could not understand a. English-speaking doctor with an accent from OZ I would ask for clarification or a doctor with a more intelligible (to me) accent. Not all discrimination is wrong nor is it always based on racism or bigotry. Sometimes we discriminate for good cause. This appears to have been one of those occassions. Common sense: unfortunatly it is increasingly neither common not sensical. (Please forgive my spelling errors.).
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A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

US election
Donald Trump won't get new Ericsson head's vote
Trump pictured at a campaign rally in Florida. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
A file photo of men and women pushing prams in Stockholm. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

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