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Wilders deems Swedish citizenship 'undesirable'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 17 Oct 2010, 14:16

Published: 17 Oct 2010 14:16 GMT+02:00

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Wilders' demands refer to the new state secretary of health Marties Veldhuijzen van Zanten-Hyllner who was born in Gothenburg and holds dual Dutch-Swedish citizenship.

"I knew nothing about this, was not informed. The Freedom Party still holds the view that dual nationality is very undesirable," Wilders said.

Wilders plans to raise the issue when the government's programme is discussed in parliament on October 26th-27th.

A spokesperson for the deputy prime minister has confirmed that the government had been informed of Zanten-Hyllner's status as a dual Dutch-Swedish citizen, and saw no problem with that.

This is not the first time Geert Wilders and the PVV have reacted to multinational ministers. When the previous government was in office, the party tabled a vote of no confidence in respect of two ministers - Ahmed Aboutaleb and Nebahat Albayrak - of Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Turkish descent.

Wilders has previously said that the PVV's position is that government ministers should not have dual citizenship as it implies dual allegiance.

The populist anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has capitalized on a strong showing in the recent Netherlands' election to claim a role for the PVV as a support party of the newly elected conservative minority government.

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The new government has in return promised to take a tougher, more restrictive approach to asylum seekers, including a halving of the number of new immigrants from countries outside of the "western" world.

Further promised measures include a ban on the public wearing of face-concealing Muslim attire, and forcing immigrants to pay for their own mandatory citizenship classes.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:08 October 17, 2010 by cowboykodp
Has this buffoon revoked his grandparents allegiance to Indonesia? Seeing as they are Indonesian immigrants.

And whats with the bleached hair? Hiding something?
16:23 October 17, 2010 by calebian22

Wilders was born and raised in Holland. How is his grandparents coming from the Dutch East Indies relevant? The PVV does not call for pure blood, Aryan style anything. It is anti Islam however. Considering the issues caused by muslim immigrants in Holland the rise of the PVV is hardly surprising.
16:55 October 17, 2010 by eZee.se
Kind of makes sense, dual nationality dual allegiance - maybe not such a big deal as GW is making it out to be though.

Sounds fair though, if you are elected to office, pick a side... dont sit on the fence.

@cowboy, I am not being sarcastic or anything... but I dont understand how your reference to bleached hair could be to "hiding something", mind clarifying?

Granted I dont know a whole lot about his party, but I'm pretty sure as Calebian pointed out that Gett W is not calling for pure blood, but after seeing Fitna, his stance on Islam and its followers is pretty open.
16:56 October 17, 2010 by star10
@calebian22: are you trying to prove the "pureness" of Wilders?
16:59 October 17, 2010 by Swedesmith
Cowboy: in your next post criticizing someone's appearance, please include a picture of yourself so we can do the same. Okay, Fabio?
17:08 October 17, 2010 by asian369
His both line of sights, mental and physicall, are not clear. Look at his left eye.
17:10 October 17, 2010 by Kaethar
Why does this make Swedish news? I have no opinions when it comes to dual citizenship but I see nothing wrong with being against it. I for one would certainly be bothered if one of our POLITICIANS had dual citizenship. Swedish politicians should be loyal to the Swedish government and Swedish people first and foremost, and having single citizenship certainly helps to symbolically show this. :/
17:39 October 17, 2010 by calebian22

Absolutely not. Cowboy stated that Wilder's grandparents were from Indonesia, which is not true. They were from the Dutch West Indies. Considering the history of Geert's father being against the Nazis and Geert's own "non-racial purity," Cowboy's attempt to paint Geert as some sort of Aryan idolizer is pretty feeble.
17:53 October 17, 2010 by Craptastical
Dual citizenship in and of itself isn't what he seems to have a problem with. It's that a minister in government should not have dual citizenship. To me that's perfectly reasonable. As a matter of fact, any government job including military service should require the individual be a citizen of that country and *only* that country.
18:07 October 17, 2010 by eppie
@ezee and craptastical

His problem with dual citizenship for people in the government is ridiculous and populist.

He himself (one passport) is far more likely to vote for pro-israel legislation, even when this would be bad for the Netherlands than that Mrs. Veldhuijzen would the vote for pro-Sweden legislation.

And this was exactly the reason why Wilders previously complained about a turkish/dutch and a morroca/dutch member of the government.
19:13 October 17, 2010 by Iraniboy

calebian:" The PVV does not call for pure blood, Aryan style anything. It is anti Islam however. Considering the issues caused by muslim immigrants in Holland the rise of the PVV is hardly surprising"

So being Anti-XYZ is justified if some people of that group do something wrong?! Actually Nazis were also referring to some wrongdoing of Jews during WW2. You can always find a bad thing among a group. What makes you fascist, racist,..is to extend it to the entire group and abuse that group like what Nazis were doing in 1950s and Wilderds and SD are doing now!
19:22 October 17, 2010 by KingArthur
Coming from the Netherlands myself, i would say, yeah he is right. He said it already in 2007. When he was questioning the loyalty of 2 Turkish People with dual citizenship in the dutch government) Even if it was a blond woman from Sweden he said, i would question the loyalty. Its not that they are Muslim, its that they don't show loyalty.

And he did right to his word. If you are elected to office, pick a side... don't sit on the fence.
19:36 October 17, 2010 by Roy E
It is a completely reasonable demand.
19:38 October 17, 2010 by cowboykodp

Some reading for you:



I don't care what people look like, (unlike you). However, I am not the issue here.

But his bleached blond hair, with his open bigotry toward Muslims (the anti-Islam thing is just a cover), speaks volumes. You might benefit from reading the above article/link also. Although, I doubt it since you are no Caleb.
19:51 October 17, 2010 by americanska
I can understand this view if it only applies to people holding office. you shouldn't be going into that business if you are dual citizenship. You are meant to be pretecting the citizens and interests of your country....and if you have more than one country....find another career or pick a country.

Sadly people in the US don't seem to understand this anymore. Hence big brother obama isn't a citizen and most poeple don't seem to care.
19:54 October 17, 2010 by Wulf
This is not Swedish news and has nothing to do with Sweden at all.. The article title is provoking and suggests he has something against the Swedes and Sweden. Having a single nationality is a reasonable requirement for any government official in any country.

I find The Local very objective and a great source of news but this article is just tabloid-style rubbish.
20:31 October 17, 2010 by calebian22

The PVV are not the Third Reich. They see a problem that exists in the immigrants that they are letting into Holland. They are doing something about the problem. Restricting immigration by 50% from non-Western countries. Banning burkas and facial veils that restrict identification because it conceals the face. These don't sound like bad ideas.


Thanks, there was information in there that was new to me. However, isn't it just as likely that since Geert was born in Holland and his father was born in Holland that maybe he identifies with Holland? The conclusions that Leeuwen makes in the article are conjecture. Maybe she is right. The only one who can answer that is Geert Wilders. At the same time it doesn't negate the fact that Holland has a huge problem with muslim immigrants. That is not conjecture. Ask any Dutch immigrant here in Sweden who used to live in the Hague or Amsterdam. They are all fans of Geert. They certainly didn't move here for fika.
20:39 October 17, 2010 by KingArthur
Please Local.. Get your Facts straight, its PVV (Partij voor vrijheid) Party for Freedom. NOT PPV or Freedom party.

Your article is extremely biased.

I used to be a loyal local reader. But im starting to doubt it looks like you make up articles and facts as you want. Or you don't have any control over your reporters
20:45 October 17, 2010 by cowboykodp

Watching too much Fox news , are we?

Its people like you who embarrass Americans.

In your wildest imagination, do you actually think the FBI and CIA would not do a citizenship check on a US president????


Sorry bud, but if he has so many fans, then why did he only get 15% of the votes. Could it POSSIBLY be that the PROBLEM you mention is a little overblown?

An idiot stabbing Van Gogh, and a couple other similar issues does not make a HUGE problem.
21:51 October 17, 2010 by samwise
finally we have something everybody can agree on: the headline of this "news" item is misleading.
22:14 October 17, 2010 by Freyja14
Well, on a similar note Obama holds a seat as the UN security council which is prohibited by the constitution and would mean an immediate removal from office. "Never in the history of the United Nations has a U.S. President taken the chairmanship of the powerful UN Security Council. Perhaps it is because of what could arguably be a Constitutional prohibition against doing so. To wit: Section 9 of the Constitution says: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

But no one seems to talk about that. Hmmm. I think Hyllner should be able to have dual citizenship since rules don't seem to apply to the world today.
22:19 October 17, 2010 by calebian22

Geert and his party's popularity is growing. After the 2006 elections the PVV garnered only 9 seats. In 2010 they earned 24 seats. A jump from 6 percent to 15 percent. That is significant by any measure. Obviously legitimate concerns over immigration and integration have been on the rise within the electorate in Holland. The cry of "nazi" or "bigot" is harder to drown out when such a significant portion of society is demanding more restrictive immigration. The PVV can no longer be ignored as a fringe party. On that note, it will be interesting to see what happens in 2014, in Holland and for that matter in Sweden. My prediction, based on the news reports so far regarding possible immigration policy for the next four years, is that SD will grow in the same fashion as the PVV. However, I have been wrong before...
23:18 October 17, 2010 by asian369
6% to 15% and what we expect when it grows more than 50%? I think one should not shocked if future parliment enact some legislation for the expulsion of all immigrants from Holland. Mr Wilder is using the politics of hate and nothing more. I wonder 15% of the society are filled with hate. It is not the integration which is failing in Europe , rather these are european countries who failed to accept the integration. In Europe, the integration means " COMPLETE SLAVERY".
00:06 October 18, 2010 by omaster
So much for party for freedom. Freedom should mean freedom of choice. People should be allowed dual citizenship. Why should someone have to give up being a citizen of another country.
00:15 October 18, 2010 by Hagrid
Calling Wilders "populist anti-Islam politician" is blatant journalistic demagoguery and libel. He has always said he has no problem with ordinary Muslims, so long as they publicly reject any sort of violence in the name of their religion, and wish to integrate and become productive citizens in their European countries.

I expected more neutrality from The Local.
00:18 October 18, 2010 by omphus
Nice attempt to make him look evil with the imagery you journal school drop outs.
02:06 October 18, 2010 by bulletts67

You might want to check this out...
02:39 October 18, 2010 by ajs42548
The Local is further showing it's bias by calling Wilders, "Far right politician" every time they mention his name.

Cowboy.... The crime wave and problems that Muslims have brought to Holland and Sweden are not small. I dare to you walk alone through the streets of Rosengart wearing a crusifix. You wouldn't make it one block. I don't call that a small problem. Stop trying to be so politically correct. That's so 5 years ago.
02:53 October 18, 2010 by glamelixir
In my country most of the politicians hold a double nationality, just as most of the citizens do.

It has never been a problem for us, nobody would think that they would be interested in benefiting Spain, Germany or Italy (most second nationalities), these countries are just out of the picture.
05:01 October 18, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
If you are a Swedish then stick to your Swedish citizenship,there shouldn't be a

case of dual citizenship as it reflects on one 's loyalty,example " Mr A is a holder of

dual citizenship,he commits a murder in A country,which when convicted goes to

see his/her hangman but then he also holds a B citizenship and in B country you

must 4 witness to convict him,so how ?
08:02 October 18, 2010 by eppie
Please people, read my first post. The number of passports you have doesn't say anything about your loyalty. Absolutely NOTHING.

Wilders himself is far more likely to defend the interests of the US or Israel, than this new underminister will defend the rights of sweden.

Disloyalty is inside you, it is not an extra document.
08:10 October 18, 2010 by earthfire
Mr Wilders' demand sounds reasonable to me. Here in Australia it's been the rule for many years that members of parliament must not hold dual citizenship. The only problem has been for children and grandchildren of Greek immigrants because Greek law regards the second and third generations as automatically holding Greek citizenship. Allowances have had to be made for one or two MPs in this situation.
08:59 October 18, 2010 by RobinHood
Quite right. Politicians have access to sensitive information. Their loyalty must be total and unquestionable. Many countires have this rule built into their constitutuion. Wilder's demand is not controversial, and wouldn't even be newsworthy except that is comes from him.
09:09 October 18, 2010 by foxpur
Being dual-citizenship myself (Swedish/American) I can state I have run across SOME anti-American sentiment against me in Sweden. Dual-citizenship has always brought about such problems regardless of the countries involved.
09:41 October 18, 2010 by salalah


He looks like Jack Nicholson in the final scene of "The Shining"
09:55 October 18, 2010 by Marko2010S
I loved the small country "Jordan" for teaching this goon (Geert Wilders) manners properly :)
10:02 October 18, 2010 by salalah
10:04 October 18, 2010 by Joshe
I agree with him, if you believe that you are a dutch then why to keep swedish citizenship :) Good for Sverige Democrates to learn something from this that if you support racism then you even your own European ( blonds) are ready to teach u the lesson and will put in the same scale as you do others with black hairs :)
11:34 October 18, 2010 by Iraniboy

Wilder and SD ilks hide behind anti-immigration policies. Whenever someone complain about their hate speeches against Muslims WHO ARE ALREADY CITIZENS of Holland and Sweden, their supporters talk about immigration and that anti-immigration is not racism. You know very well what's wrong with hate speech against a group of people no matter how many of them has done something wrong. Like I said before there were some non-innocent Jews in Europe in 1950s but half of them were killed following the propaganda initiated by Nazis against all Jews. This is the same pattern now by SD, PVV and BNP,...

I have ABOSLUTELY no respect for people's vote when it comes to HATE SPEECH, XENOPHOBIA and RACISM because all those commited genocide in Germany, Serbia, Iraq,...were supported by the majority of their own people!!!
11:49 October 18, 2010 by ppaf
Why are some people so stuck up with nationality?

A piece of paper stamped by some authority in some "nation" does not define you... whether you were born in Sweden or the Netherlands, from ancestors whom lived in those territories for as long as you have record, says NOTHING about you! You did absolutely nothing to deserve that situation, it was just a coincidence and someday your descendants might find themselves forced to move in order to improve their own lives... so relaaaaaaaaaaaaaax and stop judging based on what people drew in the lottery rather than what they do themselves...

Please stop being nationalistic and xenophobe (and yes those two are inseparable) and get some other hobby. One where you do good and feel happy rather than one where you hurt people and all you get in return is anger and bitterness...

Relax, Chill, love and peace!!! ;)
12:23 October 18, 2010 by Doreen1
No one can serve two masters. There's an inherent conflict of interest when anyone, especially a politician, holds dual citizenship. Which country has their allegiance in situations that may arise?
12:52 October 18, 2010 by RememberAisha

Exactly the point Geet is making and quite a few people here are choosing to ignore
13:05 October 18, 2010 by karex
Doreen and RememberAsia: totally agree.

No matter how unsavory the man's ideals may be, he does have a point. Dual nationality creates a possible conflict of interest scenario. In the US for instance, you are not allowed to work for any government office if you have previously served another country (at least that's the way it was last I checked). For instance, if you are dual-national who was forced to serve the armed forces of your other country of origin (in many conscription exists even in peace time), you cannot work for NSA, CIA, FBI and any other number of Govt offices. And if you're not American-born, there are certain positions in government that will never be open to you. That's probably why Henry Kissinger was never a presidential candidate. That's why Arnold Schwarzenegger could never be one either.
13:07 October 18, 2010 by cowboykodp

I happen to agree with this Buffoon, actually. One should have one nationality when in government.

I also agree with@ppaf 100%. Where you are born is just like lottery.

I also think that maybe, possibly, you can TRY and be a little more respectful, and thus show some civility and stop the childish language. I believe people will respond to that better.

You say Muslims this and Muslims that. Then why do you act the same???

"Do as I say and not as I do" , is that your motto?

A line from a great movie I saw last night:

"We are all animals, it is our brain that fools us into believing we are not. We are all responsible for breaking the world, we must therefore try to rebuild."


Since when is being kind and respectful to your fellow man being pc?

Have YOU walked through Råsengård with a crucifix?
13:15 October 18, 2010 by calebian22

I have to say that we are at an impasse on this one. I don't consider speaking about the incompatibility of Islam with the west as hate speach. Calling for restrictive but responsible immigration from non western lands is a good idea. You are welcome to vote as you wish however, whether it be in Holland or in Sweden.
13:30 October 18, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Having tow nationalities when working as a member of parliament should not be allowed it's a conflict of interest.

That's like FORD allowing the head of their design team to work also for GM.
13:41 October 18, 2010 by cowboykodp

I believe you meant to say that fundamental Islam is not compatible with the west. Because I know plenty of moderate and secular Muslims that are more western than westerners. Likewise, there are many fundamental Jews and Christians who despise what in their view western culture has become.

15:13 October 18, 2010 by ppaf

But this is not a case of serving two masters. He is only serving the Dutch government as per his position. It is almost (although not exactly) like saying one cannot work for a company foreign to their own nationality. How many times governments get expert foreign advise and sign deals with foreign companies? No one seems concerned then that the companies are serving two masters?

It is more a problem of moral than of nationality... nationality does not define who you are. You can be a Dutch person who hates the democratic system and wants to infiltrate the government at all costs in order to sabotage it or the other way around. Your nationality does NOT determine your allegiance. Those are the pillars of nationalism which do not hold true...
21:07 October 18, 2010 by calebian22

No, Islam is not compatible with the West. I agree with Wilders on that one. However as you stated, the majority of muslims are not the problem. Islam is the problem. (Also from Geert) But until a Muslim Serpico arises to clean house within the house of Islam, what is the West to do? The rise of anti immigrant parties like PVV and SD are the answer. Wringing our collective hands and whining about how we have failed the ungrateful immigrants is certainly not the answer.
21:55 October 18, 2010 by Syftfel
It is generally accepted diplomatic decorum that when a person with dual citizenship enters the service of a nation she/he would give up all citizenships other than the one in whose service she is employed. Why should this case be any different? (I can speak with some authority on this subject)
22:15 October 18, 2010 by memyselfandi
Geert has balls, you pansies do not. Some of you will end up on prayer rugs in the near future.
23:42 October 18, 2010 by Doreen1

Your argument is about moral equivalence, which is nihilistic and ultimately self-destructive. If nationality doesn't define who you are, and you owe no allegiance to it, then what's its point? The end consequence of your position is that nationalities are irrelevant. Imagine a world without borders, and the anarchic chaos that would result. We keep the the status quo for good reason, and so I go back to my original point that no one can serve two masters.
06:04 October 19, 2010 by Rick Methven
I was born British and have never seen the need to change my nationality or my passport.

My allegiance has, however, been to the country where I have lived. When I lived in Holland I supported that country because what happened there had consequences for me as an individual. Now I live in Sweden, my allegiance is to Sweden. It matter not that you have 2 passports just that you demonstrate allegiance to the country that you serve. Wilders can never change the fact that the minister was born a Swede. Her allegiance is clearly to Holland. Or does he suspect that she is the leader of an underground movement of Swedes who are plotting to take over The Netherlands
09:06 October 19, 2010 by Craptastical
eppie: While I understand your reasoning, and to an extent I even agree with it, I completely disagree when it comes to either representing/serving in a public office or serving in the military.

Your idea that this is populist etc. is also flawed. Many countries have laws stating that one must be a citizen of that country and only that country to serve in government posts. There are plenty of relevant historical reasons for this that go well beyond your altruistic reasons for wanting to allow it.

You should also be aware that some countries see serving in a foreign government post or military as a voluntary act of expatriation (the US comes to mind). Is that wrong too? I certainly don't think it's wrong.
09:07 October 19, 2010 by cowboykodp

No worries, as you told Iraniboy, you can vote however you like. I choose to vote with the 90% + who don't see it your and Wilder's way, and despite efforts they never will.

It no big thing when some people on this web site (Im sure you know who they are) bash groups of people. Their intelligence level dictates such behavior. But you seem to be an intelligent and respectful person, and its somewhat a shame.

I do still think that we judge people by our personal positive experiences. Otherwise we just become "The blind leading the blind". Same goes for the side of your adversaries.
12:32 October 19, 2010 by calebian22

My ideological viewpoints in a broader sense don't generally affect my personal interactions with people. I have met many friendly muslims here in Sweden, the US and the Middle East. My personal feelings about individuals doesn't change my views regarding Islam however. I know that may sound contradictory but I am at peace with it.

If you have the opportunity, read "Is the Father of Jesus the God of Mohammed," by Timothy George. There are alot of comparative religion books on the market, but this one is a respectful analysis.
12:42 October 19, 2010 by shame, shame
I don't see how describing Geert Wilders as either populist, anti-islam or far-right is at all controversial or lacking in objectivity. Rather I would have thought it fair comment, (and patently obvious) that he is all three, and consider it fair to presume that he would in fact be proud of all three titles.
12:50 October 19, 2010 by Byggare Bob
@ Shame

Dutch national public radio seems to agree with you: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/geert-wilders-anti-islam-party-makes-major-gains
12:51 October 19, 2010 by cowboykodp

I'll be sure to pick up a copy.

I am of the school however, that believes Islam is like any other religion. The difference being that Judaism and Christianity have gone through the "Transformation", whereas Islam is still struggling with that.

As I am sure you are aware, every religion has had to put up with their critics at one time or another. (Catholicism, Jewdaism, Jahovah's Winesses, etc..)

There was also a time when The Native American was considered a Savage, and uncivilized. Its only now we realize that they were truly at one with nature, and it was we who were the savages.

P.S. Are you religious?
21:55 October 19, 2010 by Goodwill81
Wishing all the best to the honarable and brave Mr. Wilders.
00:27 October 20, 2010 by maxbrando
I am very distrustful of people with dual citizenship. They are either trying to evade their civic responsibilities of BOTH countries, or trying to "game" the systems of both countries to get as many benefits as they can from both. At bottom, they cannot have full allegiance to either country. They are not to be trusted.
10:21 October 20, 2010 by calebian22

Yes, I am born again, but I am generally not a big fan of Jesus' fanclub. I am not a religious pluralist, but at the same time not having a personal choice takes away the ability to make an informed decision.

My desire for freedom in choices is why I am supportive of politically parties like PVV and SD. Not because I hate muslims, but because of the intolerance of Islam. I don't want to sacrifice my freedoms, my abillity to choose, my children's future choices, to accommodate a religion that I perceive will eventually not accommodate other beliefs as equal. Seeing how all-encompassing and exclusionary Islam is in Islamic countries does not inspire a lot of faith in the idea that moderatism will be the Islamic trend in Europe in the future. Even the moderate muslim in my aquaintance became extremely offended by the Mohammed cartoons for example. These are people that dress in a secular fashion and don't observe any of Islam's traditions but demand respect for the prophet as if he should be important to all. As if Islam is an exception, above and beyond criticism. No other religion in the world reacts so violently and murderously as does Islam to insults. That reaction concerns me. If Islam is a special case, as it seems to be, and it rose to preemminence here in Europe as a majority religion, would these same moderates be all that vocal against the more extreme aspects of Islam that would likely make their voices heard in government and policy against the former majority religions and secularists? I fear not.

Groups like PVV and SD can't kick all the muslims out. Our own system and laws will prevent that. Frankly, preventing the building of mosques and banning head coverings is a slippery slope as well. If you restrict the practice of one religion, the restriction of all is not far behind. However, stopping all muslim immigration into Holland or Sweden is a realistic possibility. Refugee influx programs are and always have been strictly optional. They can be halted. Immigration of other kinds can be changed to a points system where immigrants must show that they bring something beneficial to Sweden, (For example, New Zealand's system. Marrying a citizen will get you part of the way in, but if you are a goat herder with no modern skills, you are out). People seem to get confused when it comes to human rights. Residency for non-citizens of a country is a privilege not a right.

People say that groups like SD or PVV are xenophobic bigots who are just frightened for no reason. I agree that groups like these attract the racists, the anti-semite, fire and ice, inbreds who have never dated outside their family in the trailer park. However, I don't think that the fear that Europe will be changed into a caliphate is completely unjustified. I would venture to say that many in those groups are like me, concerned that their country of residence will become less free.

Have a great day.
10:39 October 20, 2010 by ppaf

I think you read too much into what I was writing. My point was not to say that nothing is worthwhile or nothing defines you.

Rather, you will agree that countries are cooperating and you are trusting consultants and people from other countries to run, decide and take part in your own countries actions. What you trust is not in their nationality, but rather their work ethics, morals and professionalism.

Indeed, country does not say anything of what you are or your competence for running for public office. I don't need to bring about examples of incompetence in one's own country to prove that point I guess....

Netherlands and Sweden are not at war, and I am sure the minister will do just fine! This is a non-issue where nationalists regard nationality as an ultimate measure of competence. But I think we both agree that that idea is absolutely false...

As a last point, I do hope we reach that stage you mention where borders are not geographically determined and encompassing a random bunch of people. I believe that is where we are heading with people cooperating more and more with each other regardless of their "masters".

Nationalism is, hopefully, a dying sentiment...
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7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
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A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
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Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
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How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
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'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
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‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
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'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
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'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
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Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
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Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
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