Swedes and the US: a love-hate relationship?

The US divides opinion in Sweden. To some it is the land of the free, to others the home of the depraved. The over-powerful, gluttonous antithesis of Sweden's liberal, distributive society - or pretty cool? Feel free to have your say.

Swedes and the US: a love-hate relationship?

While Sweden has long embraced elements of the culture of the US, to some the influence is not at all benevolent or welcome, complaining of cultural imperialism.

The Hollywood remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” will no doubt illustrate this duality when it goes on release in December and while tickets will no doubt be in high demand, the critics will not be far behind.

While Swedish opinion may be divided on the country across the pond, one thing is certain – the US demands, and is given, its share of attention.

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Sweden’s US-style airport security plans criticised

Several authorities have criticised plans to introduce a new law that would provide for US security checks on United States-bound passengers at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

Sweden’s US-style airport security plans criticised
Stockholm Arlanda Airport. File photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

The measures have been censured for being too expensive and lacking a sound legal footing, writes Svenska Dagbladet.

Several shortcomings exist in the government’s plans to implement the proposal, which would see armed US personnel carry out security checks at Arlanda, Swedish police said according to the newspaper.

Police legal advisors said American security at the Stockholm airport would require “some of the most far-reaching restrictions that can be made to a state's sovereignty”.

Sweden’s legal ombudsman, Data Protection Authority and Customs Service (Tullverket) all criticised the proposal, though the Public Prosecutor (Åklagarmyndigheten) and Civil Aviation Administration (Luftfartsverket) did not raise any objections, according to the report.

A bill is expected to be presented by the government in the spring.

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