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Sweden Democrat in bar brawl in Iceland

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Nov 2010, 16:30

Published: 05 Nov 2010 16:30 GMT+01:00

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"He was drunk and threw his credit card at our bartender. When he refused to serve him he banged his hand on the bar and screamed 'fucking foreigner'," said Skjöldur Sigurjónsson, a co-owner of the hip Reykjavik nightspot, Ölstofa Kormáks Og Skjaldar, to The Local on Friday.

Sigurjónsson explained that the bartender, who is of Palestinian origin, had lived for a time in Sweden and thus understood what Hahne screamed at him and refused to serve him anything more to drink.

"Then he (Hahne) picked up a glass from the bar and went to throw the contents at the bartender and the glass fell from his hand and hit (the bartender), crashing to the floor. We then decided to eject him from the bar, at which point he screamed more abuse."

Hahne was in Iceland's capital together with a large Swedish delegation which included several senior MPs, ministers and ex-ministers.

The 18-year-old Hahne was in the "Östofa" bar, known to locals as a favourite haunt of the city's cultural and intellectual elite, drinking with other SD party members and his drunken antics were witnessed by a number of other Swedish and Nordic delegates.

The resultant controversy gave cause for the Nordic Council to hold a crisis meeting on Thursday, summoning Nordic Youth Council president Minna Lindberg and William Hahne.

Lindberg has since sent a letter to the bartender to apologise on behalf of the unruly Sweden Democrat delegate. In the letter, published by the Aftonbladet daily, Lindberg wrote:

"Even if all delegates in the Nordic Youth Council are responsible for their own actions we would also like to use this letter to forward our apologies."

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Lindberg also expressed a hope that the incident had not damaged relations between the Nordic Youth Council and the main Nordic Council.

Hahne has on Friday confirmed to several media sources that he was the person involved in the incident, citing his young age as a contributing factor, although not an excuse, for his actions.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:38 November 5, 2010 by Beavis
Smart guy.. A Swede in Iceland shouting abuse at someone calling them a "foreigner".. Far as I remember Iceland is not part of Sweden?
17:44 November 5, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
haha...what else do u expect from an 18 year old SD. These two combination is "kaita-strophic".
17:49 November 5, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Sounds like typical swedish bar behavior. What's the problem here?
18:10 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp
Another example of SD and their supporter's true colors.

They are playing with fire.
18:26 November 5, 2010 by mojofat
18:38 November 5, 2010 by Iraniboy
Like other SD members, one call for shooting immigrants between their eyes, one saying they are genetically programmed to rape and one calling them f*****g foreigner!! @Beavis In case you have reading problem, he didn't just say 'foreigner', he said '****ing foreigner'!! If you don't have reading problem and you this it was a correct behaviour then I really have nothing for you except reminding you what happened to those who believed like your in Germany in 1950s!
18:39 November 5, 2010 by byke
I am surprised he didnt claim he was beaten up by a few foreign sounding bar tenders
18:42 November 5, 2010 by Rick Methven
If this had happened in a Swedish bar, he would more than likely got his arse kicked out of the bar by the 'foreign' bouncer.
18:49 November 5, 2010 by boby
The bartender was from Palestine? Where is that? I check my Atlas, bit could not find such a place.

Its a pity that my Turkish naighbours did not come to applogise after playing lound music all night and driving around like maniacs for their wedding.

I hope that Lindberg children will convert to/wed with Muslims so he can have so much fun.
18:52 November 5, 2010 by Traveler2010
Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill here. Sounds like a pretty minor incident. I feel sorry for that young man for being a victim of Politically Correct abuse run amok.
19:08 November 5, 2010 by Anarka
Sounds like a rich and spoiled swedish brat this William Hahne....not suprised that the bartender refused to serve him.
19:11 November 5, 2010 by know
It´s childishly, i think he have to drink milk instead
19:32 November 5, 2010 by Localer
oh he's sooooooooo good looking :D
19:48 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp

Do you believe the crap you say yourself?
19:54 November 5, 2010 by snowwolf
If this guy is from The Green or the Social Dems, would the local pay any attention to this? Of course not, they just wait for any chance they can get to trash the SD. These liberal medias i'm not really stranger to.
20:00 November 5, 2010 by Argentina84
18 years old and press secretary of the Sweden Democrats? HAHAHA
20:04 November 5, 2010 by snowwolf
I guess it's ok for an 18 year old to be the member of the parliament, right?
20:14 November 5, 2010 by Swedesmith
Sounds like someone can't hold his liquor.
20:51 November 5, 2010 by maxbrando
TO: GefleFrequentFlyer

You got it right!

TO: know

I like your answer. Milk, after hard night drinking, is in fact wonderful!

TO: Swedesmith

He is a Swede. Remember? Of course he can't hold his liquor.

To: the rest of the motley fools.

Bartending in Sweden is one of those jobs that you lily-white Swedes will not do. Just like Latino grass-cutters in the Washington, D.C. area
20:51 November 5, 2010 by Boyfriend
The SD are attacking immigrants out of Sweden. I see this very dangerous!

You should be charged for his hate action and next time tell these kids to drink milk.
20:56 November 5, 2010 by Sextant
"Bartending in Sweden is one of those jobs that you lily-white Swedes will not do."


Nothing particular happened here. Just a normal meeting between two humans.
20:56 November 5, 2010 by calebian22

Indeed where is Palestine? I can't find it either. I have over twenty stamps from Ben Gurion Airport in my passport, but none from Yassar Arafat ville.
21:18 November 5, 2010 by amelie_l
So sick of The Local to report this just because he was a member of sweden democrate. I can see such events all the time with all kind of people when they get drunk, particularly young people, but because he's a SD, it becomes: "look, a SD member i messing up! ooooooo! ". So journalistic, so professional...
21:25 November 5, 2010 by asian123
may be he has seen his mother aged around 45 roaming with a big black boy . he drunk too much he remembers that seen thats why he is shouting at him.

Actually this is very very minor incident and should not be in the news.
21:28 November 5, 2010 by amelie_l
last week I saw a guy vomiting all his dinner and his beer in the subway, I'm sure he was SD, should I tips an article to The Local?
21:45 November 5, 2010 by Beavis
Iraniboy ... you misunderstood me completely! I was pointing out that he was giving out about a "foreigner" in Iceland.. when he was Swedish and himself a ""foreigner" (you obviously dont understand irony...). So calm the fck down!
21:47 November 5, 2010 by facetedjewel
This was the SD youth league press secretary . . . ohhohohohoho, that's rich. I
21:50 November 5, 2010 by asian123

i dont know what you are doing sweden. i am just wondering.

i got this doubt after reading many of your comments since a long time.

i am sure that you have very poor grades in the school.
22:11 November 5, 2010 by RobinHood
A press secretary of a party that says it is not racist, who is thrown out of a bar for racially abusing a bar tender, is certainly newsworthy and helps us draw a conclusion about SD members. Could it be that, despite what they say, the SD is a party of racists after all. Well we certainly know that one press secretary is.

Are there are any more racists in the SD? I would certainly like to know if there are when considering where to cast my vote. Good journalism The Local.
22:16 November 5, 2010 by calebian22

Indeed one member is a racist. A party of racists? No.
22:33 November 5, 2010 by foxpur
The incident was minor, agreed...

BUT the person involved represent a larger political identity that has shown itself to extreem views and even though this is a 18 year old being drunk it reflects to a much larger problem he is the 'face' of in public - Since he represents a political view (that IS why he is there right now) even a minor indident can be a politcal nightmare.
22:43 November 5, 2010 by Skatebambi
Surely it should be "in Iceland"? It wouldn't be "on Ireland" would it? Isn't Iceland big enough to get the in"... As an aside, aren't Johnossi good? "dead end" is a cracking tune..
22:50 November 5, 2010 by Nemesis
A swede getting drunk in bar and calling people racist names is not news.

If a swede goes to a bar outside Sweden and does not get drunk, that would be major news.

A swede not being racist when drunk. When that happens, let us know, it will be international headlines.
22:55 November 5, 2010 by cowboykodp

Maybe you missed it, but the story does not say he is from Palestine but of Palestinian origin. Maybe that is why you couldn't find it in the 'Atlas".

But I guess its OK to pick on Palestinians, since he is most likely Muslim. But then again, he could be Christian.
23:36 November 5, 2010 by rambling75
The Hitler youth still struggling to fit in!

Oh dont the SD wish it was 1939 again!
00:13 November 6, 2010 by Roy E
There was a fight in a bar.

Alcohol was involved.

The Local overreacts in its zeal to 'get' somebody they don't like. .

And ends up looking very silly, small, and petty.
00:26 November 6, 2010 by unseen
i have read all comments. a minor question popped out in my mind!!!!

the guy is a member of an official delegation, how is that a minor act for the devil sake????
00:28 November 6, 2010 by calebian22

Saying you are Palestinian means you come from Palestine. Where is Palestine? This has nothing to do with religion only geography.
00:41 November 6, 2010 by zircon
Sweden disappoints more and more each day. Politics is getting back to it's roots and than what happens? We see the real Sweden and it's not looking chic.
00:57 November 6, 2010 by Tutu
@ unseen

i think you made a point. we must realise the following

He is a secretary of a party and also representing sweden in iceland

he is called someone a foreigner in a foreign land

He belongs to a party that contantly deny Nazi tendencies. the secretary of such party made nazist comments.

RACISTS BRAINS ARE SHALLOW LIKE THEY SAY, that is y i am not suprised at some comments i have read here especially @ amelie
01:09 November 6, 2010 by unseen

"So sick of The Local to report this just because he was a member of Sweden democrats."

i thought you guys were big time on the freedom of speech thing????

please, don't get me started
01:20 November 6, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
You see he has that "bags of snus under lower lip" -look.

Definitely Swedish.
01:29 November 6, 2010 by rambling75
Another dumb retard that sweden is producing!

Oh to fear for the future of the country!
01:41 November 6, 2010 by Tutu
Sweden is going down the drain but people like us will not let it happen.

It is must be noted SD members and their supporters are mostly underaged, unemployed and inexperienced youngsters. how can an 18 year old be the secretary of SD. what experience does he have about life. this make me sick
02:14 November 6, 2010 by Joshe
Tutu------------well said! this kind of behaviour is creating discomfortness amongst foreign educated and professionals working in Sweden and contributing in swedish economy, but very little to those who are refugies and assylum seekers.
04:13 November 6, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
You cant blame an 18 years old boy who misbehaved when he got 1 too more drinks and the reasons why he got more news than other 18 years old boy was

that he is a member of SD.Maybe,when he was younger he was abused and had problems with some of the immigrants that still troubled his young mind,one

never knows ,anyway,what caused him to react was he is much worried on his

future and that of his Beloved Sweden.
05:29 November 6, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
It´s nothin but a big joke, goddamnit.

I can see this guy in a bar here in Finland shouting to a Pakistani bartender "fu*cking foreigner."

I´d puke of laughter!

(Then I´d end up paying the bill for clean-up. This 18 year-old would owe me this money.)
08:13 November 6, 2010 by izbz

Yah POOOOOR 18years old lilla poijka, been picked on because he is SD. Sure! drowning himself in booze cause he is worried about his future. Are you drunk or sober when you commented #48? If u are drunk I can try to understand. If you are sober then you better look behind, might even notice your brian is hanging out your ar#e
08:30 November 6, 2010 by Decedo
This may not reflect a current caninet of 'racists', but this douchebag is going to be one of the leaders of Sweden soon.
08:34 November 6, 2010 by unseen
@ ericrufinosiah & others,

it is apparent ill-nature to pick on an 18 years old young man for such bad behaviors.

i believe that most of the commentators have only picked on the Swedish delegation.
08:37 November 6, 2010 by amelie_l
Why The Local doesn't speak, for example, about the young immigrants or kids of immigrants who burn cars and stone the police in various cities of Sweden?

because there are not evil SD but "poor immigrant victims of exclusion"? Well, the biggest segregation I witness in Sweden is toward SD, not toward immigrants. What kind of headline would it be if SD youngster would burn cars and stone the police?

Even if some news mention those incidents, they never mention the origin of the authors, we have to check on YouTube their appearance and accent to realise. But if the author of an incident is an SD member, of course it is mentioned.

The same way The Local mentioned in the title of its headline "Four Swedish women still held in child porn sting", but didn't mention the origin of the men who raped a 14 years old girl in Malmö ("Verdict reached in Malmö teen pimping trial"), they were not swedes.

How far can the hypocrisy goes?

By the way, here is another version of the incident reported by The Local, who didn't bother to ask to William Hahne his version:


(use google translation tool if needed)
08:50 November 6, 2010 by mikewhite
If you are representing a) your country b) your political party which you believe has received much "unfounded" press attention, then surely any _sensible_ person would go out of his way to demonstrate how incorrect all those bad stories were ... ooops.
08:57 November 6, 2010 by izbz
potuguese,spanish,british and Dutch travelled to every corners of the earth. German, romans and Turk invaded many countries in Europe in the past. I was just wondering have these Neo, SD and rasists really find out about their family tree, their ancestors as far back as 2 to 3 centuries. Maybe they have Turks blood, Spanish or African blood in them. Would not be surprise to find themselves having middle East blood stream.

Just remember immigrant means anyone that are not from the country, whether white , yellow or black. How sure are these rasist that their blood are not 'contaminated'????????
09:00 November 6, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
#51 Amelie:

Ever heard the term "vittuilu?" Type "vittuilu vittu" in google transladore.

The SD will face a lot of that in near future, I´m no good myself in it, I´m just waiting for the pros to show up.

Who knows, maybe the bartender was a little too learned on this field by his profession, or maybe the kid was just too drunk, whatever....
10:40 November 6, 2010 by Argentina84
"how can an 18 year old be the secretary of SD (?) "

Money, money, money! How much do they get per month at the Riksdag?

This is not a minor problem since this kid was not on vacation but representing his political party AND representing his country. If he cannot have self-control....
11:05 November 6, 2010 by Iraniboy
Yeah it was a minor racial incident. The major one is to kill a person of ethnic minority!!! Some of the posters in this forum have lost all their humanity which can exist in any human-being regardless of your religion or even non-religious beliefs!


I don't feel safe to disclose that information especially since there are too many racists here in thelocal forum who find the abuse of people from other racial minority acceptable. I can only tell you I have the highest grade that you can get in education system ;)

@for those who couldn't find Palestine on the map

You don't need to find it on the map to recognise someone as Palestinians. There Kurdish, Ughur, ....people who don't have their own country. These maps only show political borders which sadly separate people from their own kinds. If you live in the US or UK, tracking Palestine is even easier. Just attach a location finder on the head of your bombs ,jets, tanks,..that are sold to Israel and wait until they are used. You'll find Palestine :)
11:27 November 6, 2010 by bolababu
@Amelie, ..the Local speaks about everything, ..if they didn't, you probably would not have heard them seeing that you are a Swede prowling a translated website seeking for immigrants to devour.

@Jarvilainennen ..what on God's earth are you talking about?

I think news websites should not only restrict the use of racist words on their websites, they should also edit and restrict absolute stupidity as some of the comments here are.
11:34 November 6, 2010 by EuropeanIsraeli
"caused embarrassment for the Swedish delegation to the Nordic Council meeting in Reykjavik"

Big NO, I don't think so. Any human being get drunk will act abnormal a little bit, and sobers shouldn't take it as a big deal.
11:40 November 6, 2010 by Tennin
I've heard plenty of really racists jokes and comments come out of hardcore Social democrats and Moderates mouths, and these people weren't even drunk.

The boy showed that he's a drunk Swedish guy, can't hold his liquor and making a complete donkey's rearend of himself. But I did enjoy the irony of a Swede in Iceland calling someone else a foreigner. Maybe what the boy really needs is some AA meetings, geography lessons, and to fall inlove with a "foreign" girl. I'm sure he'd be marching to a different beat after those.
12:05 November 6, 2010 by Carnitas
Amelie is the one who seems to be making the most sense in this thread.
12:10 November 6, 2010 by dbeholder
Is this news in Sweden? If it is Sweden is as boring as I imagine it to be.

No wonder so many people waste so much time talking about the SD.
12:21 November 6, 2010 by amelie_l
@bolababu, I'm not Swede, I'm French, and I'm not "seeking for immigrants to devour", I'm just fed up of newspapers "seeking for SD to devour" to borrow you expression
12:52 November 6, 2010 by foxpur
@dbeholder . Hehe, it's a polical interest story, so it does count as relevant news.

However, you need to look at Swedish population vs. news volume. I'm not sure where you are from but the CITY of London has roughly the same population as ALL of Sweden in a area the size the state of California.. There isn't that much that will go into news with those statistics, so even small sounding news IS news here.
13:09 November 6, 2010 by Rick Methven
"I'm not Swede, I'm French"

A supporter of Le Pen methinks
13:55 November 6, 2010 by Kevin Harris
A Communist party press secretary who buys shares in a US arms company = news

A Christian Democrat party press secretary who worships the Devil = news

A Green party press secretary who dumps his/her garbage in the forest = news

A Moderate party press secretary who calls for wholesale nationalisation = news

A Sweden Democrat press secretary (an anti immigration but "non-racist" party) who racially abuses someone = news

Here is a press secretary of a party that regularly tells us it is not racist, caught red handed. What incredible hypocracy on his part. Even more interesting news will be to see how the party leaders deal with a press secretary whose views on race are so out of line with that of his party. I look forward to reading about that in The Local soon.
14:08 November 6, 2010 by locaxy

SD were not created in a vacuum. The party has a very shady history (among other things, as Rick points out, an unholy although short-lived alliance with the Front National).

This leads the mostly cosmopolitan intellectual humanistic elite to bash them on the head and confront the party and its members with a populist retarded ideology.

Get an education. You might start seeing things from a different perspective.
15:52 November 6, 2010 by amelie_l
@locaxy I'm at least enough educated to be able to have a civilized debat without attacking and insulting other participants, which you're obviously not able to. Insulting is the classical defense of someone who doesn't have the intellectual ability to convince with arguments, the result is that you don't make your side attractive and people simply don't believe you. Instead of recommanding people who don't agree with you to get an education, you should start by getting a brain, and a bit of humility.
16:15 November 6, 2010 by svenskamerikansk
The problem with this article is that if if had a similar incident involved any other political party, the story would most likely have been downplayed or hushed up rather than highlighted and played up. It's the biased, selective reporting that is objectionable.
16:34 November 6, 2010 by Kevin Harris

You are absolutely right. But the young man was not the press secretary for any other party, he was the press secretary of the self-proclaimed, non-racist Sweden democrats. And there's the story. Not that a young man got drunk in a pub, but that the non-racist Sweden Democrats seem to have a racist in their midst, and right at the heart of the party too. What are they going to do about it? Are they serious about being non-racist, in which case the young man must be disciplined, and even kicked out of the party? Or, despite what they say, do they tolerate racism in the ranks? I can't wait to find out.

This is actually one of the more interesting stories of the week. A chance for the Sweden Democrats to show us all where they really stand on racism.
16:57 November 6, 2010 by Rick Methven

"It's the biased, selective reporting that is objectionable"

In other words what you really want is for SD to be allowed to say and do whatever they want without criticism. But it is OK to slam everybody else

What you really find objectionable is that they are shown up for what they really are. Just keep watching this space. This bunch of stupid racist scum are going to keep putting their foot in it again and again.
16:58 November 6, 2010 by svenskamerikansk
@Kevin Harris

Do you really find it to be one of the most interesting stories of the week?

I find it to be a silly eye-roller. it's the fragile people with their undies in a bunch that I find more interesting.
17:05 November 6, 2010 by facetedjewel
@Kevin Harris

Enjoyed your post, Kevin - well done!

One little point I'd like to add in reply to some of those commenters who seem to think alcohol 'causes' behavior, as though racism were poured out by the shot glass - alcohol is an 'uninhibitor'. Mr. Hahne walked in the bar sober. Alcohol loosened his control. His behavior does not make him a racist, but for a few moments he was doing a good imitation of one. Hmmmmmm.

Unusual to see a kid so young in a position so strategic to party politics.
17:17 November 6, 2010 by Sam1

You can deal with your turkish neighbour nicely and stop calling turkish or whatever he is a citizen, I m not Swedish I have Swedish neighbours and drunk neighbours who play music whole night and throw beer cans on my balcony I look at them as humans NOT AS SWEDISH people...but since you have racist mind you see people with color and birth origin...you dont see there are good turkish people Like I see nice Swedish people...

This is a Proof People of the intentions of this Racist party a clear proof..
18:06 November 6, 2010 by Kevtravels
Racial abused? Sounds more like verbal abuse with a hint of racist saying.

though is it racist to say "friggin foreigner". I mean would it be racist if said bartender had been Danish or Dutch or Romanian or Australian or Canadian? Just curious.

and why do they refer to the guy as "of Palestinian origin". Is he Palestinian or not? They say he lived in Sweden, so would he also be Swedish?

But overall this is funny. It definitely makes you laugh at SD. They are no threat at all in my eyes.
00:59 November 7, 2010 by beefinswede
hitler youth leader has violent tendencies shocker.
05:55 November 7, 2010 by flaedo
l went to Turkey and they called me a **%^#%^&* foreigner. So when they come here l give it back to them. lf l turn the other cheek they just call me gay. Gays are okay but obviously the foreigners dont like them so what theyre really saying is they dont like me. Well thats fine but l didnt move to their country and call them gay.
08:39 November 7, 2010 by Angusthefirst
The fact that there is anyone responding to this article in a way that they stick up for SD, and many like it on this paper makes me sick. Any Swede that aligns themselves with a neo-nazi party like SD should be ashamed: to have anything to do with the most disgraceful people of the 20th century who horrendously persecuted Jews means you are as bad as them. i AM AT A LOSS HOW YOU CAN STICK UP FOR THE RIGHT FOR NAZI SCUM TO HAVE A VOICE.
09:47 November 7, 2010 by andthenme
to those stupid heads who think it is a minor accident and not worth mentioning in the news: When an official representative does this, it is not minor any more.

+ it is so strange, if the immigrant works, they get jealous, if doesnt work they call him a parasite. You are SICK.
10:11 November 7, 2010 by ppaf
Yes, those who argue that this is a minor incident and not worth reporting are really clueless... I guess in their minds this incident must have been the ONLY incident in which a member of the SD was reported verbally abusing someone with an immigrant background.... please... that kind of incident probably happens every evening in Stockholm or Malmo in some bar.

So get it right, the issue here is not that "Oh wow!!!! A guy from SD made a racist comment!" that would indeed be retarded and the local does not have enough employees to report on all of these. The issues here are: 1) It is an official delegation and 2) He is part of the hierarchical structure.

So stop acting all self-righteous and shocked... stop playing the "we're being hunted by the media" game... you know why this is news!
10:18 November 7, 2010 by locaxy

Forgive me but I have neither the time nor the energy to argue with you. My post was not meant as an insult but merely as a suggestion (albeit a very condescending one). For a variety of reasons - that are probably obvious to the astute reader - you didn't strike me as a "bildad" person. Nationalists rarely are.

My "side" is that of a stereotype-free globalized world that you and your nationalist ilk abhor. I have no interest in making it look attractive to people with a different world-view. I just look down upon SD sympathizers.
12:37 November 7, 2010 by flaedo
SD is not a Nazi party. People who say SD is Nazi are stupid. The world isnt the same as 1962 or 1932 or even 1990. This is a different world. People who criticise SD by saying its nazi or glorifying hitler are out of touch. The battle for civil rights was one by blacks etc a long time ago. SD isnt racist. The landscape has changed and with this change its now the whites who are feeling like they are the ones who are persecuted - and theres a lot of truth to that. lf anyone starts to talk about issues that touch on race or culture they are straightaway accused of being racist. This is just a smokescreen put up by the socialist demagogues who donty want anyone to interfere with the way the country is ruled. Well actually we are adults and we can discuss anything, no more treating us like we are children and telling us to shut up. No subject is off limits in a democracy. And calling people who arent racist nazis is not acceptable,
12:50 November 7, 2010 by Rick Methven

"SD is not a Nazi party"

Wrong, but there again your clear lack of the ability to write sense puts you at the mental level that would make you a prime candidate for recruitment.

Age 14 3/4 IQ 2
15:18 November 7, 2010 by Dave N
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
21:27 November 7, 2010 by flaedo
Name calling doesnt help your case. The Swedish electorate isnt very sophisticated if it thinks SD is a nazi party. There maybe some nazis who like SD but theres no controlling what people like and dont like. Nazis probably like cheese too. Should cheese be banned? l dont think so. Stick to the issues not the innuendo. People resort to name calling when they have weak arguments.

l was there in the sixties - l know what the world was like then. l was there in the seventies too. And the eighties. l'm still here. The world is different now - vastly different. Most commentators dont understand that. They are still thinking like its 1960. This is 2010 soon to be 2011. People need to adjust their thinking if they want to make sense of the world as it is now.
07:18 November 8, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Reminds me of an incident with the opposite number in the Youns sosso a couple of yrs ago, I believe she was prosecuted for assault. Different party same idiots, politicians what do you expect!!
10:30 November 8, 2010 by Åskar
@Skatebambi, 'Surely it should be "in Iceland"? It wouldn't be "on Ireland" would it?'

Nowhere in the article does it say anything about "on Iceland". However, both "in" and "on Iceland/Ireland are correct depending on context. It's "on" if you refer to the island as such and "in" if you refer to the country.
13:37 November 8, 2010 by amelie_l
@locaxy by the way, you talk about alliance between SD and the French Front National. Say that I have no education if you want, but sometimes I get my head out of the politically correct speech on the newspaper to have a look at the reality, and believe me, if we had listened to the Front National 20 years ago instead of bully it as Sweden does with SD, France wouldn't be in such a nightmare today. Just type "violence paris" in YouTube and you will see what I mean. I know, those videos may not come from good intentioned highly educated pseudo left politicians / sociologists who have no contact with the population they talk about, but that's how it looks like when you just have a look at the real world.
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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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