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Reinfeldt sends lost teddy bear 'home' to Belgium

The Local/jl · 18 Oct 2011, 14:18

Published: 18 Oct 2011 14:18 GMT+02:00

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Seven-year-old Kika Hendrickx moved with her mother and father to Stockholm from Belgium a year ago. When her grandparents came to visit the family went for a tour in the new hometown, the Expressen newspaper reported.

Hendrickx packed her backpack, still marked with the Belgium address, with her teddy bear Kokosh, and off they went. Unfortunately Kokosh didn’t make it back home from the family's adventure in the Swedish capital.

“Somewhere along the tour she lost her backpack,” Hendrickx mother Annick Hernot told the newspaper.

“We had no idea where to look for it so I though that was end of story.”

But it wasn’t.

When Hernot returned to Belgium two weeks ago to check on he family's house, she discovered a package waiting for her from an unexpected sender: the Swedish government

Inside the package Hernot was surprised to find her daughter's backpack, teddy bear included, along with two photographs.

One picture showed of three uniformed men calling themselves “The rescue team,” holding up Kokosh to the camera.

The other one was of Sweden’s Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, accompanied by a note saying, “I hope the teddy bear finds its way home.”

Apparently, guards had found Hendrickx's backpack outside the Swedish government offices at Rosenbad, when opportunity presented itself, they consulted the Prime Minister what to do.

"It's not very often bags are found outside Rosenbad, so there's no standard procedure for how this should be handled," Reinfeldts press secretary Sebastian Carlsson told The Local.

"But Reinfeldt thought it would be fun to send it back to the girl since her address was on the bag."

And he not only wanted to sent it back, but also add a personal note.

But time passed and they didn’t hear back from the stuffed traveller.

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Hernot said one of the guards had told her the Prime Minister had asked about the status of the teddy bear, but that was before it was found.

Once teddy bear Kokosh finally made its way home, her joyful master thanked the rescue team with Belgian chocolate, and sent a personal thank-you letter to Reinfeldt.

"He has received the letter but I haven't spoken to him after that," Carlsson said.

"But I assume he was happy to get it."

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Your comments about this article

15:58 October 18, 2011 by thinkright24
what a wonderful story with a cute end.

i really hope some importance will be given to our human race.
16:05 October 18, 2011 by Great Scott
Sending a teddy back home, it's the most he's ever done since he's been prime minister.

It's a shame this incompetent clown can't find a job for the lost unemployed.
16:19 October 18, 2011 by Keith #5083
#Great Scott

Glad to see you have some appreciation of the efforts of government,even if you lack the will to do the job better.

A charming story, though it's shining will probably be lost in the darkness of some folks' doomsaying pessimism.
17:51 October 18, 2011 by Gabin
ouh la la, Fredrik a un coeur.-.
18:40 October 18, 2011 by DAVID T
He should do the same with illegal immigrants
18:47 October 18, 2011 by Imperor
A wonder the bomb-squad didn't blow teddy away!

Quite ridiculous as well. Don't they have better things to do?
19:53 October 18, 2011 by Ben5
I respect Mr Reinfeldt on personal and political level...
22:06 October 18, 2011 by salalah
This shows how busy he is at his office...

I dont believe he has a heart, just pretending to have. And what is that picture? An attempt to show he has a human side?
23:28 October 18, 2011 by rise
This reminded me of how dictators used/use to have this habit of photographing themselves smiling together with children, to spread an image of themselves to a hopefully very naive population.

Now Reinfeldt has found himself a child to use as a tool for his own image! But fact is that children in Reinfeldt's Sweden are only getting poorer and poorer at the same time as he and the likes of him are getting richer and richer.

Does he really think of the small, or for that matter the old and weak? HA!
03:37 October 19, 2011 by SuperTulle
There actually is a standard procedure for dealing with unknown bags and packages outside Rosenbad.

It involves evacuating EVERYONE and calling a bomb squad.
09:54 October 19, 2011 by Great Scott
@ Keith #5083

It appears that you think a charming story is more important than the current state of affairs. Doesn't that put you in the selfish I'm alright jack category?

I laugh at your statement "even if you lack the will to do the job better", Ha, I already do a job that benefits others more than Reinfeldt will ever achieve.

On top of that many others seem to think Reinfeldt's attention seeking "please like me effort" is a joke. Sorry if it spoils your day.
13:03 October 19, 2011 by OUIJA
The Teddy Bear should have send the Beagle to the limbo and Sweden would be happier than ever.
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