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Swine flu named year's top Swedish news story

TT/Charlotte West · 30 Dec 2009, 11:45

Published: 30 Dec 2009 11:45 GMT+01:00

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Looking back on the last ten years as a whole, the 2005 tsunami was the most covered event of the decade.

Media analysis firm Infopac has created a news barometer based on the headlines in the major Swedish newspapers, television shows and radio programs over the last 10 years.

The study not only tracks which events made top headlines over the years but also how they were covered by the media.

In 2009, swine flu was the top news item 200 times, with more than twice as much coverage as Israel's assault on Gaza in January, which in turn beat out both the crisis of the Swedish automobile industry and the yet-to-be determined fate of Swedish automaker Saab.

Another headline grabbing story was the September 2009 helicopter robbery of a cash depot south of Stockholm in which several suspects stole a helicopter, smashed into the building, and they made off with undisclosed amounts of cash.

Several suspects are now in the custody of Swedish police who continue to investigate the dramatic robbery.

Over the entire 2000s, the 2005 tsunami and its political aftermath made top headlines 560 times.

The tsunami was followed in popularity by the Iraq war, the 2003 murder of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in a Stockholm department store, and riots which ravaged the streets of Gothenburg during the during the June 2001 EU summit, resulting in three people being shot and injured by police.

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The study also reveals that around 10 percent of the top headlines in Sweden's morning newspapers dealt with foreign news, business and medicine/health.

Broadcast media, on the other hand, lead with international news at 20 percent of the time, while almost 29 percent of the top stories covered by evening newspapers were crime-related.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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15:35 December 30, 2009 by Osokin
Wait til they name it year's top hoax sometime in the future
15:53 December 30, 2009 by calebian22
The second highest reported news item: "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"
22:48 December 30, 2009 by krigeren
Its sad to see this story is rated so high. It shows how influential the Swedish government is at pushing their propaganda on the people.

Sweden bought 18 million vaccines and had to use them up and they did so by creating hysteria and attempted to convince people with such propaganda as

"If you don't take the vaccine you will die"

In summary, its quite criminal the way the government behaves...if people were behaving the same way we would be arrested for fraud.

Interesting to see how many people actually took the vaccine.

Such government behavior as this, the passing of the FRA act, and the continual taxation levels which are causing industry to flee.... only reinforces in my mind that Sweden is really a petri dish for political and social experiments.

As china becomes increasingly "free" I am sure they will be learning additional tricks from Sweden on how to maintain the status quo in a democratic society.
00:13 December 31, 2009 by randyt
OH, so glad it was not Tiger!

As for krigeren's comment about taxation levels and your industry fleeing - might want to look at what W. Bush and the Republicans did - cut the top tax rates twice and lost 3.2 million manufacturing jobs (Source: Economic Report of the President, 2008 [W. Bush president's report])

It is not all in the taxes - when you let China buy Volvo and whatever else you will be sending jobs to them, no matter your tax rates.
00:47 December 31, 2009 by calebian22

What do Bush and the Republicans have to do with taxes and job losses in Sweden? Did you get lost? If you want to bash conservatives in the US, Fox news forums can be found here. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/index.html
03:19 December 31, 2009 by Davey-jo
More, vastly more, people have died from seasonal flu than this overrated little bug. Whoever decided to call this thing a pandemic let lose a political avalanche of over reaction and plain stupidity. It was clear many months ago that this was not a virulent strain; that it had very little infectious capacity; it was a weedy little thing of no significance. OK, some have gone down and died; they would have anyway; probably to seasonal flu if not a bad cold. The numbers do not add up to a serious pandemic and the health service people know it. They are cutting back on orders for vaccine; Tamiflu manufacturer, Roche, is going to have to pay an enormous amount back to governments if it wants to function again. In short this has been a money making scam for the pharmaceutical companies and not a threat to mankind.
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