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Who are those around us we don't really see?

The Local · 24 Oct 2011, 11:39

Published: 24 Oct 2011 11:39 GMT+02:00

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My dad and I visited one of those ubiquitous fast food grill stands the other day, just next to one of the metro station entrances in Enskede, south of Stockholm.

We both ordered a classic Swedish tunnbrödsrulle (flatbread roll) from the owner of the grill.

He is – I hardly need to mention - not a native born Swede and his Swedish was somewhat shaky. We stood there waiting for our food and I hadn’t really intended to talk at all with the grill owner, perhaps because it felt awkward to have to wait for him to find the right words and then struggle to understand him should he not be able be able to find them.

Such situations often bring with them a degree of resistance that we often don’t perceive as worth overcoming in the pursuit of small talk.

But luckily, my dad opened the door to my curiosity.

It soon became obvious that he had had a conversation with the grill owner the last time a flat bread roll was on the evening menu.

Dad picked up where his last conversation with the grill owner left off, and I started asking questions about what they were talking about.

It turned out that grill the owner was a chemist, educated and raised in Iraq. Shortly after graduation he got a job at a relative’s factory and eventually climbed to the position of plant manager.

In the mid-nineties, he came to Sweden and to Laxå in central Sweden, amidst a grim recession.

Out of 50 applicants, he was one of ten who was called back for an interview for the six jobs that were available at the time.

Unfortunately, our grill master didn’t get one.

And after many further unsuccessful attempts to land a job for which he was trained, he eventually stopped applying. And there he was, standing before me, the chemist from Iraq, making our flatbread rolls.

I'm lucky.

I was born into the Swedish middle-class. While I don’t have the most ordinary of names, no one has ever had the idea that my background is anything other than Swedish.

Most of my friends also have middle-class backgrounds. We are quite similar in that way. It is also reflected in our values, interests, and that we have all gone on to study at university.

My exchange with the Iraqi chemist reminded me that all of us who are born with social privileges should make an effort to see other sides of our communities than the ones we are accustomed to in our daily lives.

That’s not to say that people with middle-class Swedish backgrounds don’t have problems worth taking seriously.

But we who have grown up in better conditions than many other fellow citizens should be doing our best to be good neighbours, not only to those who we know and love, but also to those who have not had the same opportunities we have had.

And above all, we should do our best to give them the same opportunities that we have had ourselves whenever we have the power to do so.

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But unfortunately it rarely happens that we dare to break the ice and allow an exchange to develop that could allow us to positively affect others’ lives.

Usually we only see the guy at the hot dog stand, the taxi driver, or the house cleaner.

And we look at them without interest, as if they don’t have stories that we can learn from; stories that would tell us something about their own backgrounds as well as about ourselves and our society.

I guess I have my dad to thank this time for reminding me of the value of talking to strangers, something I’ll certainly keep in mind on my next trip to the grill stand.

By the way, that flatbread roll was delicious.

Love Liman is a Stockholm-based journalist and commentator.

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13:50 October 24, 2011 by dobermann
It would be interesting to find out how many Phd's work in Sweden as cleaners..
14:42 October 24, 2011 by Roy E
One can see how Johnny Cash's 'A Boy Named Sue' works if one listens to the very end of the song. But a man named Love seems to have gone to the opposite extreme regarding the inescapable realities of this world.
15:19 October 24, 2011 by Addendum
How could anyone possibly be suprised that a highly educated non-Swede is working a job where their education/experience is not utilized?? Perhaps this article should have been written in Swedish for a Swedish audience. Those of us in the real world don't need to be lectured on such unfair scenarios.

And just as an added note, I think it's tacky and self-serving when journalists plaster their faces on everything they write. The written word should stand alone or appear with thoughtful visuals. Serious journalists/writers shouldn't strive to be media celebritites...
16:23 October 24, 2011 by Åskar
@Roy E

Except that it is no way pronounced the English word with the same spelling.
16:45 October 24, 2011 by Roy E

I know, but i had to run with my first reaction in a desperate attempt to understand what motivated this piece of journalistic styrofoam.
19:02 October 24, 2011 by Beavis
Yeah, aim this one at the Swedes.. A country where most companies insist on NOT hiring the best person for the job, theyd rather have someone with a useless Swedish degree to sit and their ass and make a mess of whtever job they are given than someone with years of experience. Had Einstein come to Sweden back in the day, he would have been turned away for his lack of Swedish skills or that he was not Swedish born and some Svennson with a micky mouse degree in stamp collecting would be hired for the job in hand...At the end of the day its Sweden who loses out
19:08 October 24, 2011 by Frobobbles
I don't think we have such a large interest in chemical warfare
19:42 October 24, 2011 by skatty
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."

M. L. King Jr.
21:26 October 24, 2011 by Douglas Garner
I think that is worth remembering that converts are won, one person at a time! The journalist is furtunately in a position to share his newfound appreciation for us non-native swedish residents. When we are ignored for our language shortcomings or non-scandanavian names, or even a degree from a foreign university opportunities are missed. Sweden can be enhanced by us, but first they need to learn to embrace us and recognise that we are equals.
01:48 October 25, 2011 by blik
Oh Beavis, you seem a rather well balanced Chappie. (Chips on both your shoulders I think)

Hey, here is one thing you have got going for you right now.

Sweden is a free open democratic nation with no travel restrictions. It also has an excellent external transportation system. I would suggest you utilise this opportunity and exit Sweden permanently thereby saving you any more torture at the hands of those "Mickey Mouse" qualified graduates.

I found myself living and working in the UK. It didn't work out for me.

Instead of vilifying a whole nation of largely decent hard working people I extracted my self from the situation and went home.
09:29 October 25, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
I would argue that we are not just "lucky" therefor it is our obligation to help the rest of the world. We are in our position today based upon the tireless and selfless effort put forth by our parents, their parents, and so forth. The economic strength of Sweden is not a miracle, it was born upon the backs of many of our ancestors. No luck involved, therefore I feel no need to help the rest of the world who arguably had the same chances to get where Sweden is today. It's time we celebrate our ancestors hard work, not feel guilty as others did not do the same.
10:34 October 25, 2011 by Iraniboy
This is too Swedish! You should live at least two years in Sweden and contact with Swedes to understand what he is saying! :)
11:26 October 25, 2011 by Shibumi
@bourgeoisieboheme #11

An overwhelming percentage of our potential in life comes from winning, or losing, the uterine lottery. Born to Swedish parents?... you've hit the jackpot. It's almost all to do with luck. How you can personally take merit for the efforts of your ancestors is beyond me. Feeling guilty is not helpful; but acknowledging that you could be in the shoes of the Iraqi chemist, or in those of a young girl in Afghanistan, were it not for a random twist of fate, would be a start. They don't deserve the hardship and the dearth of opportunities they face anymore than you deserve the advantages and wealth of opportunities that you have been afforded. Think about it... just might change how you view your fellow earthlings.
12:04 October 25, 2011 by johnny1939
I found the article rather sweet and well meaning. Sometimes we over analyze too much.
13:19 October 25, 2011 by nolikegohome
Nice article but just a bit exagerated. Lets take a look at the place I work as a little example this does not represent the whole of Sweden but it is a place where Sweeds meet foreginers quite often. I work at a Vårdcentral. We have 4 Iranians (1 nurse, 1 office worker 2 doctors) 2 Afgans (both doctors) 1 laboratory assist(Bosnia) 1 doctor (pakistan) 1 Doctor (poland) 1 doctor (philippines) 1 doctor (cyprus) 1 doctor (vetnam)and ofcourse 5 doctors (sweden) Now this is just one Vårdcentral in Gothenberg. im not counting the other Clinics in and around this city. Im not even mentioning Shalgernska or Östra hospitals yet. So there are opportunities all over the place for some jobs and not so much in other jobs. It all depends on the supply and demand nature of things. I myslef a foreginer do not agree that it has anything to do with discrimination if you are good they will head hunt you till you and they go blue in the face.

I have been here for about 24 years now and i am more than happy to stay on.
15:54 October 25, 2011 by Svensksmith
I came to Sweden with a Masters Degree and 20 plus years of teaching experience. I got a job as a moving man. And I felt lucky to have it.

That's what happens often when you are an immigrant, you start over from the bottom. If you're lucky and you work hard, you may be able to rise in status. That's just a chance you take.
16:10 October 25, 2011 by AstroSphinx.se
I'm an immigrant from a so called "1st world" country, to all accounts, my marriage (or partnership) should have failed, due to the emphasis that Sweden has over mothers and women to have jobs. I hold a degree BFA from a prestigious University as well. My mother in law doesn't believe me qualified for any form of work since my skill sets do not happen to be in the cleaning/ practical selling skill sets.

I've applied for many jobs within my various fields of expertise as well but due to the fact I have not worked within "culture" for the at least 2 years non-stop, AFK has nothing to do with me accept once in a while throw me a few scraps from their main office if I can visit them... so I am learning new skills in animation and becoming internationally known without a pay cheque.. sad me. Thank goodness my husband still likes me.
19:20 October 25, 2011 by skatty
@bourgeoisieboheme #11

As a matter of fact Sweden had one of the highest rate of emigration to US, Canada and Russia for over a century, base on poverty of peasants and lack of land for farming (the most fertilized lands were owned by aristocrats and over classes).

If what you mean about Swedish ancestors, " the Vikings", then I should say that Vikings were plunders, and the most essential institution of Vikings was slavery (resulted from attacks of Vikings to Europe, for more information refer to the book : " The Vikings: Voyagers of Discovery and Plunder by Mark Harrison"). If you mean about the ancestor the period of the Swedish emporium in the north, then it has always been in conflict with Danish (another Scandinavian country), and lost at the end!

You see Sweden has become interesting for main European countries because of Iron mine and timber, and it has been one of the main exporters of these two products for long time. But base on the fact that Sweden has not been in a serious war (not even world war, for a very long time), the country has been able to accumulate capital and developed; especially, that the country has been a homogenous with Protestant population, who have been learned to be satisfied with what they earn (and immigrants from different part of the world is a kind of challenge for it).
23:06 October 25, 2011 by Scansson
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
12:56 October 26, 2011 by Smartone
@ Scansson: Don't divert the topic discussion by any fabricated stories! Learn to accept the abilities of every individual regardless of color, gender, race and religion! Think positive and don't involve politics!
13:06 October 26, 2011 by salalah
This perception, that immigrants are uncapable and uneducated, is held by many of your likes, Liman. Please educate as many of your fellowmen as possbile about this unfortunate mistake....
13:22 October 26, 2011 by Scansson

First of all, You're an Idiot based on your assumption.

NOT a fabrication of any sort!

The big question everyone wants to know, but are afraid to ask... What is the real value that muslim immigrants bring to Sverige?

NOTHING, unless Honor Killings, Raping (Scandinavian Women) and of course Terrorism.

Also, I don't have to accept sh_t from anything or anyone, regardless what or who or where they came from. All I ask is that they respect the host countries homeland Scandinavian Culture, Traditions and Laws, otherwise, they can go to where they once'd belonged - Get Back as John Lennon once said.

Cheers : )
13:31 October 26, 2011 by glamelixir
OMG, I do not know what upsets me the most from this article.

1 - The narrow minded way in which the Swede approaches the entire situation, which shows clearly how much in a bubble they live thinking that they are the only educated people in the world.

2 - The fact that he is a JOURNALIST, which is a profession that should have mastered the tales of otherness.

Hello Love, let me tell you my story.

I was born in a middle class family in Argentina. I went to a bilingual school (that means that I have had all my education both in Spanish and English since I was 3 years old, therefore, I was fluent in both languages at age 8). My mother was Brazilian, therefore I also speak portuguese. With my SAS A, that turns into four languages that I have mastered.

At 18, when I graduated from school, I was not going to Thailand to find myself.... because I was focused on my career. Therefore I entered University, for four years that included 39 courses....yes... stressigt eller? 39 courses in 4 years....oj oj oj...

Those courses included foretagsekonommi, psykologi, historia, sociologi, media och kommunikation, finans, antropologi, marketing, filosofi among others, to become a Licenciat i Public Relations... oh true... that degree in your country takes 1 and a half year of a couple of courses... well well... not in the real world.

After that I got a job, STRAIGHT AWAY! woooho, in a multinational company, leader in the retail industry in the U.S.

After one year, I took a break to take my education even further and tool a Master in Psychology and public opinion. Then got back to working in my field as a Public Relationist in the enterteinment industry and to teaching at University to not let down my academic aspirations. (Yes, in Sweden it might seem oserios to have two jobs at the same time, that is a reality in other countries. How about that? People can multitask! OMG, seriously! There is more to life than getting pissed drunk, you can plan other things and progress when you don't have forsakningskasan!

Anyhow, After 10 years building my reputation as a renouned professional in my area I found myself in this country. A beautiful and wonderful one in many many ways, but full of problems when it comes to integration.

I am married, so I guess I fall into the cathegory of love refugee.

I don't even want to tell you how hard it has been for me to get a job here.... or what I have worked with when I found one. Or how depressed I become when seeing a dark road in front of me leading this ambitious and smart person I used to be into the wall of mediocricity and nothingness...

I am not a less fortunate Love... I am a fortunate because I understand the world. The narrow minded Swedish society that does not know what is out there beyond their noses are less fortunate, spiritually and intelectually.
15:29 October 26, 2011 by Online Personality
Don't waste your talents and gifts on arrogant peoples who do not value you! Find a place where you can continue growing as the extraordinary individual you are!
19:04 October 26, 2011 by cattie
His well-meaning presumption is that simply because one is an immigrant, they must have had an "unfortunate" upbringing and education. That somehow his family or background was lacking. The world is full of countries with middle classes, later ripped apart by war.

I have been told by "lucky" middle class, well-educated, professionals from "lucky" rich countries that--after a while of living in sweden-- they just give up trying to fully integrate in the job market here. They develop more international contacts and sources of income. It is an easier way to earn a living an to get respect. Once you are really fluent in Swedish, one realizes how resisent the swedish bubble is.

I contend that a good portion of Swedish people are guilty of believing their own PR and don't embrace critical-thinking. They really believe there is no better country to raise childrenr, to work, or get an education or healthcare. When a so-called "first-worlder" reports that some things may need tweaking to keep up with the times, they brush it off with a 'that's not how we do it in sweden." Fine. And good, if you are a "lucky" one.

However, how rich and "lucky" does a country need to be to fritter away so many well-educated, hard-working, multi-lingual immigrants? Sweden must be very rich indeed to have no need to tap that resource. It seems to me that they are allowing the seed corn for their own future competitiveness to rot in korv kiosks and as furniture movers.
00:00 October 27, 2011 by Uncle
What a bunch of whiners. God.

Immigration IS difficult. It IS expected by any normal person. It IS clear to many that the poor little chemist could actually get state money and study for free in order to re-qualify himself, as well as get some language in the past 10 years that he has been here.

It is not better anywhere else. France, Italy, Spain, entire Eastern Block, Germany, Finland are not better to immigrate to.

Yes, some are more tolerant towards "talking with hands" and screaming on the streets, but it is hardly a sign of openness. Swedes lived here with the same mentality for 2000 years. Reserved, divided in their half-autonomies in rough weather. They did not INVITE any of us here. Their economy that is based on heavy industry and IT is FINE without us.

It is WE who came here with our mexican and polish degrees, dragging after our wifes or jumping on refugees truck, who must adapt. WE should learn their language. WE should study their degrees. WE should know how to talk about weather, Idol and yesterdays lunch on our fikas. WE should know that writing bombastic CV's that are so loved back in our countries look grotesque here. WE should know when Lindköping won the championship.

The "cold and racist" swedes should do exactly zero to accommodate our "openness and ambitions". They already welcomed us here. Say thank you and do your best to become a swede. Otherwise, I am sure that back in Latin America and Iraq there are jobs aplenty, and wine flows like beer. Or do like the ex-Ygoslavs - establish a sub economy and accommodate the needs of each other by establishing "national" businesses.
14:50 October 27, 2011 by nathan45
A couple weeks ago the swedish minister for intergration himself said publicly and I read it on this very news site "After 3 years only 1 in 5 immigrant women have found jobs and only 50% of men.

This is all you need to know to affirm that non western immigrants are not needed because it doesn't work.

There are plenty of unemployed people If you lower wellfair or limit the time you can be on it people will be forced to work if they want to pay the bills. Pro immigration suppoeters use the arguement western workers wont work for minimum wage i worked for less for years people need to stop being so lazy and greedy.
15:51 October 27, 2011 by cogito
What Cattie said (#25)

"... a good portion of Swedish people are guilty of believing their own PR and don't embrace critical-thinking. They really believe there is no better country to raise childrenr, to work, or get an education or healthcare. ..."

It's the arrogance of ignorance.
16:44 October 27, 2011 by andy_so
100% arrogance of ignorance...

when i was out with a friend (he is from mexico) eating lunch in goteborg, some fat ugly swede came to him in line at the buffe and asked "where are you from?" "mexico" he answered, "thats good, we need people like you here in sweden to clean and serve us food" he said with a stupid smirk...

he is actually a construction engineer. very educated... worked in mexico, the US and a bit in denmark... took him 8 monthes to find a job in his proffesion, and even then, it was for an international company.

i myself am a doctor. took me almost a year to find a job (duo to lacking language skills), just because i wanst a specialist yet. while i see egyptian and greek, asian ect doctors hired to work with zero language knowledge... (yeah, thats the medical system here btw). while in other places (and there are enough!) i would be hired in a heartbeat.

he is (my mexican friend), and so am i, love immigrants... what other reason would happy with their lives, educated people leave all their world for? for sweden, the country of shttered dreams and little oppertunities?

i personally, am thinking of leaving. at least my wife loves me more then her country...
14:32 October 28, 2011 by Smartone
@ Scansson: People like you can never accept reality but they only know how to criticize! Why do you blame the immigrants? Have you ever tried to let them assimilate or even integrate? How possibly one could accept the host values when he or she is a victim of socially closed and introverted society? Think big and be broad minded first before pointing out others!
14:51 October 28, 2011 by ffa11
glamelixir #23

"thinking that they are the only educated people in the world."


"They really believe there is no better country to raise childrenr, to work, or get an education or healthcare."

I dont think those generalisations are true. I dont think swedes generally believe we have the best education. We are actually not that patriotic. It is actually trendy and it makes you look smart to criticize eveything swedish, you havent seen that yet?

The reason employers value a degree from Iraq as less worthy could be of several reasons. Like the whole country is corrupt and has failed. Or employers are afraid that cultural differences will get in the way. Or that a chemistry education in another country emphasises DIFFERENT things. And ofcourse language-barriers.
05:25 October 29, 2011 by dunce
I can not but wonder about the mental ability of anyone who can live in a country since the mid nineties and still has not mastered the language.
22:23 October 29, 2011 by martiancat
he may be educated. but what is his wife?

anyone not letting their women be a part of society deserve to be stuck in a crappy job. if so would be the case, as it is generally.
22:06 October 30, 2011 by Leonardo A. Romero

Thank you for letting me know that I have done much better in Sweden than many of you in this forum. Swedish or not swedish, it is better to be a person.

I do not need to be accepted. I have already accepted myself.

We are living in this beautiful country thanks to swedish people.

I enjoyed the article. It is a lovely story of learning how to appreciate people living with you.


Nica-Swedish :)
17:49 October 31, 2011 by Just_Kidding
The "if you don't like how we treat you go back to where you came from" attitiude of Swedish people will also hurt Sweden, since those immigrants who are well educated and have options will leave Sweden and only desperate ones will stay in Sweden and suck it up.

Even though I was very enthusiastic when I first came to Sweden to work, I am gradually getting tired of "O my gush, he is not one of us" attitude and considering a country that has a melting pot of cultures and lots of successful immigrants.

Atheist Iranian
05:21 November 1, 2011 by Tyrfing
Well every story has two sides. The fact that this man has been in Sweden since the '90s and his Swedish is still very poor is a pretty good indication to his will to integrate into society. If he were to work in Sweden as a chemist and the work language is Swedish, isnt there a bif risk of miscommunication resulting in accidents/mistakes/frustration? A bit of common sense works a long way, even though that seems rare in Sweden these days of PC.. 6 years working abroad all ocer the world has opened my eyes. We need to be less critical of ourselves and make more demands of the people comifng to live here. Do you think you would get a job as a chemist in tje US if you couldnt speak English?
06:12 November 1, 2011 by Lavaux
Swedish workplaces strive to avoid the stresses of internal competition and merit measurement, instead preferring a "we're all in it together" approach. While this approach may encourage mediocrity and exclude those who can't fit in with the team, it seems to work relatively well and supply a relatively stable workplace dynamic.

To sustain the Swedish workplace model, competitive and highly qualified (i.e. show offs) must never be added to the team, particularly if they hail from aggressive, competitive, hierarchical, or merit-awarding cultures. If you're familiar with Frank Herbert's novel "The Dosadi Experiment", imagine adding a Dosadi to a Swedish workplace. Mayhem would soon follow.
08:46 November 1, 2011 by Online Personality
Re: #37, Balance is the key. People can be so competitive that they trample one another. People can also be so homogenously "fair" that they suffocate, strangle suppress one another, think Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron". Not everyone who excels is a show off. I dislike arrogance, but I can embrace, celebrate, support hard-working, talented individuals. There's an incredible awe factor in seeing people

work, grow, develope into their full potential. But that growth can easily be lost when the balance is off, either way.

Re: #35, Recently stumbled across this, Flashback, August 2008 (translated from Swedish). Interesting, though not necessarily spot on in every way...

"Why do we have a shortage of…American and western European immigrants in Sweden?

I've been to many cities in Europe and North America and have seen there are immigrants everywhere, foreigners coming from other countries and cultures who have chosen to settle in New York, London, Frankfurt, Prague, Dubai, Beirut, Alikante, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Moscow, Shanghai, Sydney, etc. ...

Many Americans and Europeans, of course, like to work and live in international cities. But the conditions in Sweden, in Stockholm for example, are very different than other countries and cities. Stockholm is not as popular to live in, according to my American and European friends.

They say Sweden is too expensive, there is a real housing shortage, a complete lack of service-oriented professionals, the labor market is very limited and incomprehensibly discriminatory, Swedes are too impersonal, indifferent, and trapped... Politicians and capitalists have absolute power while working Swedes imagine they live in a corruption-free, democratic state. Swedish weather is also unpopular among western immigrants."
13:30 November 1, 2011 by mafketis
# 37, Yes. Sweden has what is known as a 'feminine' culture where group cohesion is preferred to individual ambition. What will get you hired in a more 'masculine' society like the UK or US won't work.

Also, feminine societies tend to view anyone who makes a big deal out of their qualifications to be kind of a fraud.

An immigrant has to learn to adapt to local conditions. Talking a lot of trash about the Swedish system and how mediocre it is and how you could get a great job in other countries is guaranteed to keep you from getting a job.
14:08 November 1, 2011 by Online Personality
It's always interesting to me that you can read Swedish posts in Swedish that often say the EXACT same thing about Swedish cultural strengths and weaknesses. BUT if anyone who is assumed to be non-Swedish makes the EXACT same observation, they are attacked by other non-Swedes, especially.

So, you can often have a discussion with a Swedish person about how things work and how well they work (some great, some not, as in ANY society), but with a non-Swede you're often essentially told to shut up, stay in your place, and be grovelling thankful that you're even allowed to pass through Sweden.

It's interesting how some (assumed) immigrants police others and choose a perceived side for their alliance, so that if you do not LOVE every action, word, deed on Swedish soil, then you are accused of "talking trash." I'm pretty sure the Swedes I know would prefer thoughtful discussion and exchange rather than a perpetual yes-man who demenstrates a lack of critical thought and ability to think for his-or-herself, and who furthermore stereotypes the actions of peoples with vaginas.
20:37 November 5, 2011 by Just_Kidding
DigitalDolbyMix: What is this Scandinavian way of life? would you (or other Swedish people) explain it or post a video about it on Youtube? Does following it warrants anything for a svartskalle or he will still be discriminated against?

Atheist Iranian
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Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
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Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
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Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
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