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Greek diplomat fired over ‘Swedish women’ slur

A Greek diplomat in Stockholm was fired after he told a Swede that he should be ashamed over “Swedish women's behaviour”.

Greek diplomat fired over 'Swedish women' slur

Sweden’s TV 4 recently reported about a Swedish woman who accused a Greek man on the island of Samos for rape. A Swedish doctor found signs of injury to her genitals when she returned to Sweden. The Greek man was arrested and later released. The women was then sued for slander.

In response to the situation, news agency TT reported that Jan Tordsson from Växjö sent a protest letter to the Greece embassy in Stockholm. A high diplomat in the embassy responded: “On the contrary my friend, it is you who should be ashamed over Swedish womens’ behaviour, on vacation in all parts of the world and with what they do with foreigners in their own country.”

The man told TV 4 that he was “completely shocked. He is insulting half of the Swedish people,” he said.

After news of the letter leaked out, the Greek ambassador to Sweden fired the diplomat. According to the embassy’s press secretary, his views and conclusions about Swedish women were not shared by the embassy.

A rumor is circulating in Greece that Scandinavian women can insure themselves against rape, and then report the men to receive money.

The accused Swedish woman has been called to court in Samos in May, but has confirmed that she no plans to attend.

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Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.


A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.