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Firebomb chaos in Uppsala

TT/Stuart Roberts · 31 Aug 2009, 09:34

Published: 31 Aug 2009 09:34 GMT+02:00

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On Saturday night in the suburb of Gottsunda, a number of cars were set alight, and a firebomb was thrown into a swimming centre, an officer of Upplands Police told news agency TT. It was the third night in a row of chaos, with youth gangs running rampant, according to a report in the Uppsala Nya Tidning.

A number of local authorities and actors are convening at a hastily arranged crisis meeting on Monday morning to discuss the recent spate of gang violence that culminated in the wild weekend of fires in Gottsunda. Politicians are concerned about the rise of gang-related vandalism, but emphasise that the situation requires long-sighted efforts to address the problems.

At the meeting this morning, between representatives from the county council, rescue services, the police, the fire service and housing association, the police and fire service will present a report on the latest incidents, and the meeting will discuss measures that can be instituted to break the cycle of violence, according to the report in the Uppsala Nya Tidning. The response to the unrest is being handled under the umbrella of a long-standing social, cultural and environmental programme in the district called the “Gottsunda Process”.

“The events of recent days are very serious, and no one benefits from it. Now in the first place we will work to ensure order returns, but unfortunately there is no simple solution for this problem,” said Hilde Klasson, a local volunteer in the Social Democrats, and coordinator of the Gottsunda Process.

Local authorities appear to be pointing the finger at a small number of disaffected youths in the area as being responsible for the disturbances in recent days, although public explanations about the nature of the problems in Gottsanda have thus far been oblique.

Both Klasson, and fellow Gottsanda Process member and chairman of the social committee for children and youth, Anders A. Aronsson, agree that the disturbances involve only a few perpetrators, who were responsible for most of the damage.

“At the same time it is important to emphasise that the picture is not all bleak. Gottsunda also has other faces. For example, no other district in Uppsala has such a vibrant cultural life,” said Aronsson.

There have been calls for the creation of more natural spaces for young people in the area. But Klasson does not believe that the scarcity of public places or infrastructure is a factor behind the disturbances.

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“These places exist already. I don’t believe that’s the cause of the problems. It’s important now to build up a good relationship between the police and youth. It’s clear that there is a feeling of exclusion, but that can’t excuse such criminal behaviour,” she said.

The head of Uppsala County Councli's Social Services (Socialtjänsten) was engaged in the emergency meeting when The Local sought a comment, and had not returned calls by this afternoon.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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10:44 August 31, 2009 by christo
whats going on there? what sparked off the chaos?
10:58 August 31, 2009 by Localer
well well well Gottsunda.

area known as rosengård in Uppsala....you know who they are..
11:21 August 31, 2009 by Lea

Instead of just playing the name game, think of the reasons why they are doing it.

You're just being an anti-muslim racist.
11:26 August 31, 2009 by Eurostan
now it is sweden time . very soon every swedish city is going to face same problem with islam.

already france experienced it.

simple solution. closed down mosques and ban burqa ban islam.

otherwise sweden is moving towards civil war.

i predicted 2 years back this kind of things will happen in sweden. i am quite sure they are going to increase in future with the religion of peace
11:42 August 31, 2009 by mehrdad1111
now it begins in sweden. what situation you expect to have in sweden when the number of muslims hits the 1.000.000 soon?

one thing is for sure:

your once free and prosperous country is changeing to soemthing totaly different.
12:18 August 31, 2009 by alligator
There has been no mention in the news about this being a racial/religious issue at all. Gottsunda is not some kind of religious enclave in Uppsala; like some other parts of the municipality (Valsätra, Storvreta etc) there are large groups of immigrants there, but there are also many ethnic Swedes in Gottsunda, and so far nothing in the news reports indicates that it's only immigrant kids who are involved.

What has happened is this, according to unt.se: A bunch of windows in local schools in Gottsunda were smashed, and when police arrived, they were attacked with stones by a group of young people (several of whom were already known to the police). What followed was what the article above says, car fires and a fire bomb in the swimming centre.

So it would be nice if people commenting got their facts right (about Gottsunda, and about what has been going on there) before starting to comment. Starting to accuse a group of people who haven't been mentioned in the news reports isn't particularly clever or constructive. And that sort of rumour mongering is how unrest is started - by assuming that "they" did it without bothering to find out facts.
12:41 August 31, 2009 by Harding00
I'm still learning Swedish, so I don't read much in the way of Swedish newspapers, so I get what I can from The Local. If the firebombings here really were caused by immigrants, or if they were caused by Swedes, I want to know. I don't want to assume that it was Muslim youths like others have, I want the newspapers to print what they know. Also, I would like to become a firefighter at some point (that's what I was going to do in the US just before I moved here), but with the constant articles talking about firefighters having things thrown at them, I think I might be a little reluctant to become a firefighter. In the US people actually have respect for firefighters, and people don't throw stuff at them (except of course during riots, where people throw whatever at whoever). My father is a firefighter in the US, and even in the bad neighborhoods the residents there don't throw stuff at them or try to harm them.
12:58 August 31, 2009 by Peanuts
Could it be that the people who perpetrated this violence had a mission? This article does not point to any motivation or identification of the cause, only the 'solution.' What I have read seems to indicate it was not the local people but a group who shipped in just to do this. So who, what, why?
13:08 August 31, 2009 by CarlBlack
Lea: Localer's post is not racist. Racist is if you say for example All negros are... whatever. If you say that the problem in some area was caused by some group of immigrants and it is true, than it is not racist. It doesn't blame all these immigrants, but it is clear that some their members have caused it.

As for the reasons: they are probably used to this kind of behavior from their own country, and the young ones are not properly raised.

As for comments about the Arabic origin of rioters not mentioned in the article: this is of course not said in Swedish newspaper because it would not be politically correct. And I have heard enough about Swedish inhabitants of Gottsunda forced to send children to other school to escape bullying. This makes me sure who causes the problem
13:41 August 31, 2009 by occassional
oh what a surprise...
13:43 August 31, 2009 by Shezi
I am totally agreed with Carl Black's concern... Me myself is an immigrant and living here in Centrala Uppsala. So I say the same... it doesnt blame all the immigrants, but it is clear that some members have caused the incident.
13:51 August 31, 2009 by La Figaro
It looks like many commentators on TheLocal.se are racist, dumb, islamophobic, hate immigrants or can't think articulately.

Where was it mentioned in this article that the gangs are muslims or immigrants? This is absolutely shocking automatically assuming they are unless you know something I don't know.

More than anything I think the main problem with Sweden is sometimes their lax laws and very soft approach to sentencing and arrests like sentences for rape is rather small. The youths that stoned firefighters in Gotenburg ought to have been arrested, sentenced and jailed.

It breaks my heart seeing Sweden crumble under such laxity
14:13 August 31, 2009 by magic1964
So after Afton al bladet here come UpsAllah in the islamic Sweden
14:37 August 31, 2009 by hpunlimited
Most of these riots are in immgrant areas. It is a mix of immigrants and Swedish leftwingers (AFA). I am guessing that they have been inspired by the French immigrants to do these types of things. Sweden needs to really hit these guys hard and "nip it in the bud" before it spreads too much. I had an oppertunity to take a trainride with a swedish girl that was a member of AFA. She was on her way from Stockholm down to Malmö to meet her african boyfriend, they were going to "protest" in Malmö against the police and do public protests. Also known as, firebombing, rock throwing, destroying infrastructure etc.
14:49 August 31, 2009 by magic1964
Is Upsallah north of Al Stokholm ???
15:22 August 31, 2009 by DreEstwd
Anyone who says that we should withhold blame until we actually know who the rock-throwers are is A.) New to the country. B.) Has no clue about Sweden's immigration problem or C.) Is EXTREMELY naive.
15:37 August 31, 2009 by magic1964

D.)is left wing...
16:06 August 31, 2009 by Beynch
I'm not well bewandered in the geography of Uppsala. But if `Gottsunda` is Uppsala's equivalent of Rinkeby, Bergsjön och Rosengård, where foreigners are being warehoused, then perhaps someone who is registered `såsse` can explain the fenomenon to me. Help me out here. What am I missing?
16:17 August 31, 2009 by Captcha
One woman's Islamophobic is another man's self preservation. I believe I have read that 95% of the verse in the Koran promotes distruction of normal people.
17:17 August 31, 2009 by here for the summer
Maybe it's too late .. but will anyone think about limited the immigration now ...islamophobic ?? this is not about islam this is about brining people from tribal cultures into a supposed modern country and the results
17:19 August 31, 2009 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Bingo Magic.

Most of my time is spent in Gavle, and I can't count the amount of times that arsons are strongly linked to a specific minority group. The Willy's store comes to mind off the top of my head. And no, we aren't talking about a goat.

I once heard of a kebab stand go up in flames after the owner doused it with gas to collect insurance. The police asked what the gas can was for. Now, is that racist, or just dealing with the facts?
18:00 August 31, 2009 by To The Point
Has this article mentioned anything related to muslims or islam? It is not surprising that why people call swedes dumb!!!
19:00 August 31, 2009 by wolfbay
Assimilation of immigrants might work if the entrants come from many different ethnic, religious and cultural groups. Sweden has a huge group of Muslims ,many with similar ethnicity and culture .It's a terrible choice but either Sweden has to let muslims have there own laws(sharia) and support mosques financially or the problems will continue to escalate.The original Swedes would then become what are called" Dhimmi" and they might not be harassed.Of course this would basically create two separate countries.

Maybe it's my Western bias but I personally Cherish the separation of religion and state while the Koran says they are one and the same.
19:27 August 31, 2009 by Localer
just watched svt news..........definitely no swedes...
19:50 August 31, 2009 by peropaco
Yep, just watched the news (SVT1) aswell and they are not swedes.
19:55 August 31, 2009 by magic1964
Acording to Afton Al Bladet the favourite newspaper among muslims, Swedish police has taken some organs among babies to sell them to hospital for transplant...
20:10 August 31, 2009 by Heratio
The city of Uppsala is one of the safest places I've ever lived. I would shop often at Gottsunda center and found it to be friendly and safe. After seeing this article, it is clear to me to be an isolated three day incident that it does not represent in any way the people living in and around Gottsunda.

What is more disturbing are the comments to the article. There is a lot of fear out there. A fear that would be dispelled if anyone visited or lived in Gottsunda. Unfortunately, the attacks against islam and immigrants are something to be expected in an economic downturn. When people's lives are made difficult by a struggling economy, they will look too see what they can blame. Where they can aim there fear. Immigrants are an easy focus for that blame. So, I say that what is more problematic than a few burning of cars (which is an isolated incident) is the spread of fear. This fear can be the basis of even further violence, especially while people look to find a target for their fears. I wonder how the Uppsala authorities will deal with it? Keep it in mind, Uppsala has one of the best universities in Europe a 20 minute bike ride down the road. The research done there on resolving conflict can be put to use.

I'm confident that the Uppsala public authorities have the skills and sensitivity to resolve this problem.
20:45 August 31, 2009 by peropaco
@Heratio, Isn't this the way most things get started? An isolated incident here and there and then it escalates to unprecedented magnitude? Paris also has some of the best Universities in the world and so does the UK and Israel but that did not stop the buggers to burn and create anarchy? I am sure all of those schools have also done extensive research which could benefit us all. Luckily for France they had strong leadership and they managed to put it under control. Unfortunately the apologetic brain-dead Swedish liberals and its populace will find many reasons to excuse what's happening.
21:37 August 31, 2009 by pjm69
As a UK resident with a great love of Sweden, I feel it may be worthwhile imparting some thoughts on our own race riots of the early 1980's.

There seem to be several causes of such incidents. Many of these started due to small criminal elements (drug dealing gangs in the case of Handsworth, Birmingham). These riots quickly grew to include other individuals who had been alienated by the system over many years. Added to this were a number of 'rent a mob' hard left wingers using the situation for anarchic behaviour.

The solution wans't therefore a simple one. It involved coming down hard on the drug barons. It involved the police adopting a whole new 'community' based approach, employing people who had a much better understanding of the sensitivities of the area. It involved economic initiatives to improve the local economy.

But first of all, there had to be a recognition that something had to be done. Not a ham-fisted blaming of any particular group of society, but a real attempt to understand WHY the situation has become so volatile.

So, my plea to some of the more short sighted amongst the poster's here. Try to understand more and condemn less. Certainly, where criminals are behind these instances, bring the full force of the law to bear on these people. But I sense that rather more needs to be done.

Incidentally, whilst not entirely cured, the actions taken in Birmingham really did have an effect. Riots on the scale we saw back in those dark days have not reoccured, and overall, I'd say the city feels as if people of all cutures seem to rub along together pretty well. It's not perfect - but then nowhere is.

And finally, regarding Sweden's position on Aftonbladet's organ article - free speach comes with it the need for responsibility. Aftonbladet had failed to show any in this case, and a statement to this effect would do no-one any harm. I suspect, however, this has gone too far for politicians to back down. I also think Israel should have dealt with this in a different manner - ridiculing the the 'rag' would have been much more effective.

I don't take any sides on the Arab-Israeli conflict Both sides need to reach a resolution. Israel is much to blame for some of the violence shown by Palestinians and needs to withdraw fro the occupied territories (back to the original boundries of the state, in fact). Then the Palestinians need to reign back the torrent of hate some of them show Israel. Only then might we see peace...otherwise, well, a plague on both their houses. But not - I repeat - not, a plague on both their religions. You can't blame a whole race for the behaviour of politicians and their armies.

Here's to an attempt to live with each other in peace. The other option is to live a life of hate - I can't think of anything worse than that.
22:13 August 31, 2009 by lingonberrie
Go to France and petition for the use of their French Foreign Legionnaires from their Top Commando unit for six months, and allow the Swedish SOF personnel to work with them, and within that time the problem will be resolved.

Hire a new bunch of grave-diggers in the meanwhile, because they will be needed. More than likely, crosses won't be needed to mark the graves.

The time for the normal foot-dragging Swedish pussy-footing with meetings and studies to end is long past due.

While Nero fiddles, Sweden burns.
23:42 August 31, 2009 by Scornful_Luigi

Your comments are really funny. Afton Al Bladet & UpsAllah! What about Malmo-hammed? Ha!
23:45 August 31, 2009 by anduthinh
Troubled youths of suburbs should have some more self-respect...

Everything essential to your path to success is paid for by tax: school, high school, university/technical school

Ignore the fact that you, right now, may not have the same things and privileges as "svenne-banan", but keep getting yourself in trouble and you won't ever have ANYTHING.
23:46 August 31, 2009 by Hagrid
Muslim immigrants? Of course not. How racist to suggest such thing!

Surely, we're talking about rioting Norwegian, Finn and Latvian immigrants, as well as some bored Swedes, who all enjoy burning cars and throwing firebombs at swimming pools.... You know, just like those native Swedes who rioted in Malmo half a year ago.
04:35 September 1, 2009 by magic1964
In the 60´s and 70´s it was politicly incorrect to critisize communism......today it´s immigration.
09:59 September 1, 2009 by svenskdod
I just have one question. I have not lived in Sweden for so long (3-4yrs) so it might help in my understanding.

30 years ago, before immigration from Muslim countries became the fad, was there all these problems, and to this scale? Were there supermarkets burnt down in Södertälje? Were Police and fire fighters harassed with projectiles in the suburb of Rosengård?

I only ask, because, well if this has just become a problem after so many Muslim immigrants moved in, well, wouldn't logic dictate that we DO have them to blame? Wouldn't the most logical course of action be to stop so many immigrants being allowed into the country? Just seems to me that it is taboo to blame the Muslims, but it is OK to blame the Swedes, or the SD party.

Is it me, or is Sweden split between realists, and lefties who can't see the forest for the trees?

To all the lefties out there who support Muslims in this country, what is your end game? What is your goal? The end game for Islam is to have reign over the entire planet. I know this because I have actually read the Qur'an. Is that your end game too?
11:34 September 1, 2009 by rumcajs
sveskdod, I find your comment a bit simplist. I don't like doing it, but if I HAVE to put my self somewhere, I thing I'd be leftish and I DO NOT WANT MUSLIMS TO TAKE OVER THE WHOLE WORLD AND/OR BECAME MUSLIM MY SELF. But I also know that most of muslims are normal people like you and me (the extremist are a minority) and it's very unfare that some people like you and the SD put them in the same bag.... and put US in the same bag as well.

About SD, they say: "The critical ingredient of a safe, harmonic, solid and supportive society is the common identity, which in turn requires a high degree of ethnic and cultural uniformity amongst the people".... isn't that simply xenophobic and ethnocentric??? Don't you know what those 2 things have done to the world? Did you go to school mate??
13:07 September 1, 2009 by Gurkhan
seems like "kurdistan republic of uppsala" is on the eve of expanding its territory...
14:29 September 1, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
@Lea - "You're just being an anti-muslim racist."

And Lea, you're just being an ignorant jinglist. Calling someone a racist is very bad, especially when they are NOT racist! If you are anti-moslum you are PREJUDICED! You can NOT be RACIST! Moslums want you to think it is racist because it will make people feel guilty!

@CarlBlack - "Lea: Localer's post is not racist. ... it is clear that some their members have caused it. As for the reasons: they are probably used to this kind of behavior from their own country, and the young ones are not properly raised."

Exactly! What kind of mindset are these "immigrant" kids raised with when they are taught that they have the SUPERIOR culture and that they are living in an INFERIOR culture. Why should they have to conform? To integrate?

@La Figaro - "It looks like many commentators on TheLocal.se are racist, dumb, islamophobic, hate immigrants or can't think articulately."

AGAIN WITH THE RACIST!!! Racist against immigrants? Not possible! Racist against religion? Not possible! I really doubt people are PREJUDIST against immigrants. It sounds like people are PRJUDICED at a particular group of immigrants who believes that their religion makes them far superior to those in their new country!

I agree with you that even IF it is White Trailer Trash doing this damage, they need to be arrested and sentencing should be SO PAINFUL that others will think twice before doing it!

In the USA they have a great way to handle immigrants who WILLINGLY break the law. When they get out of jail, they are deported!

@rumcajs - "most of muslims are normal people like you and me (the extremist are a minority)..."

I would really recommend you learn about islam! It was born of outrageous violence and brutality! It means SUBMISSION and for 1400 years its members have NO choice but to submit, for fear of death! The problem is that MOST mosloms know nothing about their own religion! Most of these decent people are trapped in it!
15:19 September 1, 2009 by waspy
To The Point: "Has this article mentioned anything related to muslims or islam? It is not surprising that why people call swedes dumb!!! "

I haven't heard anyone refer to Swedes as dumb except in regards to their justice and immigration policies. Why would you willingly turn yourselves into a non-homogeneous society by importing people from Africa and the Middle-East? Didn't you look around at other multi-racial societies first to see the problems that they were having or did you think the Swedes were smarter than all of those other countries and could possibly make it work?
23:50 September 1, 2009 by justanotherexpat
@ pjm69 - well said! I was raised in Toxteth, the ghetto of Liverpool, and was present before, during and after the race riots there (although once the initial fury had subsided, it became just about looting shops and attacking the police, with white scallies catching taxis and buses into L8 for the nightly riot)......

Now I live in Uppsala and am sufficiently familiar with Gottsunda (and some of its non-Swedish, non-caucasian residents - some are friends, regardless of our backgrounds, skin colours or religious beliefs or lack thereof - others are blatantly hostile towards me for being a)white and b)british just for the record - so racism is a two-way street there).

I can confidently tell you that the differences between Gottsunda and Toxteth are massive (here the poilice have guns, in Gottsunda the accommodation is bloody good in comparison and the youth in Toxteth had a very valid reason for feeling alienated, discriminated against and victimised) - yet there are sufficient similarities for the matter to be taken seriously enough to consider a simmering race-related problem.

Sadly, I would conclude (again from personal witness and observation) that the majority of racist behaviour is generated by white swedes against non-white non-swedes. It's just the way it is. Tackle that, and you tackle the majority of the problem.

Oh I also find it ironic that the place I read most racist comment and debate about racism is on the laughingly-called "discussion" boards of The Local.

"What we despise most in others is most likely what we despise most about ourselves". Take a look in the mirror, people.
10:36 September 2, 2009 by Rick Methven
I have been a reader/poster on The Local for nearly 4 years now and like to get a summary of Swedish news in my native language. The Local also gives me more on what is happening in Sweden as whole rather than the local news I get in 'Corren'. Sometimes the posts on stories are funny, sometimes pathetic but generally harmless.

There has been a concerted move in the past couple of weeks to stir up racial hatred in Sweden via the posts in The Local, started as a reaction to the Aftonbladet "Organ harvesting" article

While there are rational unbiased posts in this particular news item from fellow Brits - pjm69 and justanotherexpat , but a lot of posts on this and many other stories come from non-Swedish residents who make thinly veiled racist comments accusing Muslims of being responsible for all anti-social behaviour in Sweden

I think that it is time that posters start declaring their affiliations/location in their posts/profiles so that readers can judge the bias or lack of bias of their opinions

Let me start the ball rolling

My profile

Gender: Male

Ethnic group: Caucasian

Religion: Christian

Residence: Linköping.
10:47 September 2, 2009 by Frobobbles
Are muslims really a race, as Rick and others claim?
13:47 September 2, 2009 by magic1964
Arabs are always asking for respect...but respect is something you earn, it´s not something you force . Arabic culture is too much dominate by males.....it hasn´t go thru the feminism revolution. Other communities integrate better because wohman have more influence.
19:29 September 2, 2009 by DreEstwd
Magic, you raise a good point. For awhile I've been thinking that, if Sweden NEEDS to take in so many 3rd world immigrants and asylum seekers, then they should probably limit it to taking in only women and men over 50. Since all the crime and trouble is caused mostly by the Arab men between teenage years and mid-40's. I'm wondering if other posters here would be cool with this idea?
23:58 September 2, 2009 by svenskdod
@rumcajs. You truly are leftist... You managed that entire posting without answering my question. I would recommend you to go and buy a copy of the Qur'an and actually read it. Even the most conservative copy justifies, rape, slavery, eliteness of Muslims, and expansion by all means necessary. Look up for me 4:34 where it says that you can beat your wife if "you fear superiority from her," go ahead, it's there in black and white. This from the supreme Islamic text ordained by Allah.

I am absolutely amazed at the shear naïvety of some of the defenders of Islam here. I want to share something with you all. It is a conversation with some year 9 students, in a mostly immigrant area.

"It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl," says Hamid. "The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably f**ked before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame. It is important that she retains her virginity until she marries."

He continues...

"It is far too easy to get a Swedish whore…… girl, I mean;" says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words. "Many immigrant boys have Swedish girlfriends when they are teenagers. But when they get married, they get a proper woman from their own culture who has never been with a boy. That's what I am going to do. I don't have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get f**ked to pieces."

Most of you - I hope - will have read that before, but it is a common perspective amongst these youth. Some have even compared it to war tactics to demoralise the enemy warriors.

This was not an issue 20 years ago, but is something that is covered up by the leftist news agencies like Aftonbladet. I would like to see Sweden remain "in partibus infidelium" but all bets are off.

To you living in Sweden who do not see Islam as a problem, WAKE UP or you will loose your country. Some estimates are putting Muslims as a majority here as soon as 2050. Are you seriously that blind?
01:00 September 3, 2009 by magic1964
Arab boys are raised with extremely strong male chavinistics values. It´s al about respect, honour, confrontation. Swedish girls are worth a mobile phone....On top of that they are brain washed by arab satelites TV and if it was not enough they end up finding role models in the rap gangster community....
10:59 September 3, 2009 by Random Guy
politicians always don't know for reasons when reasons are resistance against discrimination. after france and denmark, sweden is next, I said it before one year when i was refused in hospital about medical help just because I don't have EU passport. I was refused to use internet in newspaper library in Gothenburg because I don't have EU social insurance number, in royal library in Stockholm because I don't have EU passport, etc, etc. Sweden is hard core racist country. Just hide it under blanket, instead to solve problems, you will just increase burning of everything what you created.
01:31 September 4, 2009 by totyis
@Random Guy

It is called a system. You pay insurance, taxes and you gonna benefit services. Probably it's different in the country you are coming from. And probably I would not allow either someone in a royal library who is menacing to burn down "...everything that you created."

21:25 September 4, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
NO! That is why I harp on this misuse of the word racist! Do not call someone a racist because they are anti-religious or anti-immigration. Those people are prejudiced!

I do not get what you are saying. As soon as I got here I got a personnumber and I used ALL the services without problem. Are you saying you are an illegal immigrant?
04:41 September 5, 2009 by Jonny 44
It's probably member of some far right group. Probably Christians. You don't have these kinds of problems in Muslim countries where Christians are less then 5% of the population like Egypt or Iran. Vikings have always been destrctive.
23:59 September 5, 2009 by realetybytes
It doesn't matter what color or race or religion they are. Rioters destroying property should be shot by the armed populace, so everyone knows people will defend themselves and their homes. If you don't kill the savages trying to bring about anarchy, you deserve to lose your country.

Specifically, regarding muslims, just because some of them seem peaceful, that does not mean they are not following their hateful toilet book, which says they are allowed to lie to non-muslims to bring about their destruction. Every country should have a freedom of religion law stating, "free to follow any reigion that does not call for the forced conversion, subjugation, or death of non-believers".

Unfortunatly, every country has leftists that are bent on destroying their own country, and they should be dealt with first. (charged with treason and killed would be a great start)

Arm your citizens and protect yourself from ANY religion or group acting like animals, destroying others property and peaceful life.

Ron Reale



Think about the Danish cartoons. Everwhere they were published, animals rioted and killed people. Everywhere but the US, where they knew they would be shot in the street by free people, not willing to put up with violent extortion.

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EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

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'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

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