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Swedes back Obama in US election: survey

20 Mar 2012, 17:38

Published: 20 Mar 2012 17:38 GMT+01:00

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Seventy-four percent of Swedes indicated they would vote for Obama whether the sitting Democratic president faced either of the top two Republican challengers, an online survey carried out by the YouGov polling firm shows.

And while less than half of US voters currently approve of Obama's record as president, 62 percent of Swedes say they are satisfied with Obama's performance.

The YouGov survey also revealed Swedes' concerns about what might happen should the Republicans retake the White House in November 2012, with 52 percent indicating an Obama loss would have a negative effect on the world's security.

Around one in three Swedes also believes a Republican win would have negative consequences for European foreign policy and the European economy.

In addition to questions about possible outcomes for the US election, the YouGov survey also looked at the extent to which Swedes are following developments in the US electoral process.

According to the results, 81 percent of Swedes said they follow media reports the US presidential election, while nearly six in ten reported being "interested" in the US election.

YouGov also found that 498 articles about the November 2012 US elections had appeared in the Swedish press since the turn of the year, compared with only 107 about the elections in neighbouring Finland, which actually took place in late January and early February.

And articles mentioning either US Republican presidential challengers Romney and Santorum outnumbered those about the elected Finnish president Sauli Niinistö by more than four to one, according to figures compiled by YouGov using media monitoring service Retriever.

"That says a lot about the Swedes' – and Swedish journalists' – interest in the coming American election. That despite the fact that there is a long way to go before November 6th," head of analysis at YouGov Opinion, Stina Morian, said in a statement.

Speaking on Tuesday at a panel discussing the survey results Eric Sundström, editor of the left-leaning online political journal Dagens Arena, said Swedes' fascination with US elections goes beyond an interest in politics.

"US elections feel a little like Star Wars," he said.

"They are portrayed like a long, drawn-out battle between good and evil."

Also important, according to Sundström, is the fact that, for decades, Swedes have "looked up to" the United States and that Swedish newspaper editors know their readers like to read stories about the US.

Mathias Sundin of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) who helped on the 2008 presidential campaign of Republican candidate John McCain also cited the competitive nature of US electoral politics as another reason for Swedes' continued interest in who becomes US president.

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"US election campaigns are full of drama; they are fun to watch," he said.

"The bottom line is that it's really important who the US president is."

David Landes


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17:55 March 20, 2012 by AmericanCowboy
If you are satisfied with Obama, please, be our guest. Take him, and Joe Biden with our thanks.
18:29 March 20, 2012 by calebian22
In other words, of the 81 percent of swedes who follow US politics, 62 percent don't understand it.
18:32 March 20, 2012 by OUIJA
Yes, go for it Sweden. How else could you keep on going with your "I love you Mickey Mouse" syndrome?

And keep on selling weapons to the number one country in the world which has the record of around 200 military interventions since the invasion of Mexico, back in 1847. Just remember Yugoslavia, Angola, Haiti, Sudan, Zaire, Bosnia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lybia, Cuba, etc, etc, etc.

Yes, Sweden. Go ahead. Back up Obama, since you do not know if a Republican government would keep on buying the same amount of money of Swedish arms, so that these ones keep on appearing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, possible Syria and perhaps Iran.
18:48 March 20, 2012 by blursd
Well, the good news is ... if Obama has his way ... Swedes could vote in the United States if they wanted to. All you have to do is show up at a polling station and say you want to vote ... no identification or ID required.
18:48 March 20, 2012 by Larry Thrash
Without a doubt the worst President in my lifetime. He has doubled the US debt in 3 years, he has made more dumb comments than Bush, but he has a press that covers for him. Since the press leans to the left they will support him. Swedes get their information from a pro-Obama media.
19:10 March 20, 2012 by Svensksmith
I didn't realize Swedes hated America that much.
19:37 March 20, 2012 by OUIJA
They love Mickey Mouse, hate America and fear Russia.

If you want to laugh, go to Youtube and search for

"Barack Obama sings to his Mammy". Hilarious.
21:48 March 20, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
Please, Sweden, take Obama and make him your leader and save what is left of the USA.
21:48 March 20, 2012 by CDRoth
Glad Swedes aren't voting here.
22:17 March 20, 2012 by texeg
Why wouldn't a socialist country prefer a socialist leader?
22:29 March 20, 2012 by Grokh
You americans are so ignorant and have no idea what a socialist is. Obama is a central democrat at best.

USA has no left wing, just center and extreme right, all of which are bought by corporations.

Every election americans get to choose between 2 puppets, but the puppet master is the same.
22:36 March 20, 2012 by 4thGenWarrior
Hey Sweden!, Ya'll wanna vote for Obama? Become a US Territory or shut the ef up!
23:26 March 20, 2012 by waffen
Typical shrieking from the brain-challenged United States comments.

Their Critical thinking is entirely lacking, whereas their thinking is replaced by NASCAR, Pickups. guns, bibles, money, and yakking about "Socialism."

That is why they drive Petrol Guzzingly Pickup Trucks than seldom haul anything, in other words, a total waste of Petrol and a large polluter that crowds other saner automobile driving people off of their roadways. .

They believe that their Pickusp are what makes them men.

Just be very happy that you are from Sweden and live in Sweden.
23:57 March 20, 2012 by CharlieStockholm
Grokh is completely correct.

Americans get so mad about this presidential stuff and it doesn't even matter who wins. The presidency is meaningless.
00:48 March 21, 2012 by Larry Thrash
I will keep my gas guzzling truck, $3.50 gasoline, guns, Common Book of Prayer, money, mega mansion, and keep talking about "socialism". You can have your $10 a gallon gasoline, 900 sf apartment, high taxes, limits on speech, limits on freedom, tiny highways, no religion (except Islam and socialism). Socialism destroys the human spirit. Capitalism frees the human spirit to create. American Capitalism has done more to improve the lives of the poor of the world than any other society that has ever existed. Socialism has led to the misery, extreme poverty, and death of more people in the past 100 years than all the wars since the beginning of time (Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Mao, Hilter and the National Socialist NAZis, etc...).
03:14 March 21, 2012 by GLO
Pleae Sweden Take him. We know him and dont like him.
04:03 March 21, 2012 by texeg
@ waffen

He is a socialist, more likely than not he's actually a communist. You must simply look at his roots (father) and the people he associated with in his political beginnings. Please name a single area of government that he would not want to expand. Or better yet, name a single societal issue that he doesn't think the government has the answer for.

By the way, I personally have two vehicles. Chevrolet 2500HD pickup that I use on a regular basis for hauling inventory, otherwise it's parked at the shop. The other is a Volvo S80 that I purchased for better mileage and gas savings.

Please stop your left-wing shrieking. Neither your ponytail, your round metal rimmed glasses, your Toyota Prius, nor your New York Times subscription make you insightful or thoughtful. How's that for generalizations?
07:26 March 21, 2012 by skogsbo
Perhaps the Swedes are wanting him to stay in power so he can finally earn his peace prize, it certainly didn't happen in his first term.

Or perhaps they know that he is just the slightly less rotten apple in the basket and the alternatives are just down right sour.

As for the interest compared to Finland, the number of articles is driven by the Journos and editors, not the public. As the USA for the moment is the No.1 economy and still just about the No.1 super power it's political stance probably has more influence globally than Finland. They are a little different in size too!
07:43 March 21, 2012 by RobinHood
"If Swedes could vote in US elections, President Barack Obama would handily beat either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum"

Swedes and the US electorate seem to agree on this one. President Obama will indeed handily beat either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. What's all the fuss about?
07:55 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA

Michell Obama has changed her name. Now her name is Laila Freivalds. Good for the freedom of speech. No other White House has done in the past what she just did.

"First lady Michelle Obama's communications director confirmed Tuesday that the story of Malia's spring break vacation in Mexico was removed from news websites as part of a White House effort to "protect the privacy and security" of Obama's daughter."

08:13 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
Ha! You ranting yanks are funny!

But mostly stupid.

But don't let that stop you(as if it ever would). Your country is a never ending source of laughs. I'm just sorry we're not laughing with you, but at you. Thus the intrest in American politics.

08:28 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
@RosemarysBaby80 #21

Good Lord! Now you are here. You just burped. Too much Gerber Take it easy.
08:44 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80

Just admit it already Ouija. I'm a shining light in your otherwise bleak life. I almost feel sorry for having got under your skin so much.

ps. I read your posts on the Jewish schools article. LMAO! Keep it up!
09:04 March 21, 2012 by libertarianism
TL: "...62 percent of Swedes say they are satisfied with Obama's performance."

Yes, but the state could whack Swedes in the face with a shovel, and the majority would be "satisfied" with that too. Pfew. :(

Was that just a burp from the little devil? Seems someone needs their nappy changed. ;(
10:47 March 21, 2012 by towns
So the majority of Swedes would vote for Obama who has in the last few months signed legislation making it legal for the US government to detain and torture their citizens indefinitely (NDAA), whilst simultaneously banning public demonstration (through the anti-protest trespass bill) AND discussed installing martial law at the government's whim ("National defence resource preparedness"). Yikes.

If all this isn't bad enough, the Obama Administration is also on the way to rewriting the definition of due process which in layman's terms means giving the US government the right to kill their own citizens abroad as outlined by Attorney General Eric Holder.

To me all this proves Swedes only have a fairy tale view of American politics, no doubt they are fed propaganda by corporate owned American media (translated into Swedish by Sweden's own fairy tale media outlets) who only choose what they want to report on their bought and sold Presidents/Presidential candidates regardless of political leanings.

If you want to educate yourself about US politics instead of living a fairy tale, please do so.
11:16 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@all americans living in Sweden

Please F-off back to America.

America is the most despised country in the world, and it's funny from a distance. But no-one likes to see your obnoxious fat arses up close.

If you have problems with Sweden and its way of life, go back to that toilet you call the USA.
11:46 March 21, 2012 by towns
@ RosemarysBaby80

If that was directed at me I'd just like to inform you that I am neither American nor have I ever lived in the United States. Also, who made you the moderator of this comment thread? If Americans want to comment here, that's their right. The internet is still a (relatively) free place.
11:57 March 21, 2012 by mamegoma
Agree with Grokh.
12:28 March 21, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
... I sense a 'sub-text' here to this story - and its that perhaps US elections are just too important to be left to the Americans. Lol!!
12:56 March 21, 2012 by libertarianism
@ RosemarysBaby80,

Given your gleeful hate of Americans, why did you create a username based on an a character from an American author/novel/film? (Should writer David Landes also "f-off...back to that toilet")? :(
13:25 March 21, 2012 by cogito
Sweden has long had a soft spot for tyrants: Hitler, Mao, Castro, Arafat...
13:43 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@the libertarian nutter

I knew there would be some tool that would come back with that one.

The film was written and directed by Roman Polanski. The book was written by Ira Levin. One is French/Polish, the other is dead!

I don't think you, nor any of the other wingy yanks on this page (or even in Sweden) had anything to do with their work.

14:33 March 21, 2012 by cogito
Not to worry, Sweden. The fraud squad has already put in place the tools to fix the election. The requirement to show identification in order to register and vote has been banned by the Obama administration. Then, in case multiple votes by dead people doesn't do the trick, they have a back up:

The New Black Panthers have been given tacit permission from the Dept of Justice to bring weapons to the polling places with which to intimidate voters, as they did in the 2008 election.
14:33 March 21, 2012 by libertarianism
Sure, sunshine... You've got everything figured out. Good luck with that the throughout your life...
14:51 March 21, 2012 by Visew
The article just shows that Obama is well respected internationally! It has been a difficult time for America and the world after 8 years of enormous waste of our resources, but he has been working relentlessly for the interests of common US people. Here in the US they blame him for high gas price (not Iran or the oil companies, we will see how much profit they will post for this year without paying much tax!), but when more than 200,000 people got job last month they say it's the economy that turns around by itself! I can't believe how ignorant some people here are, listening to the nonsense rhetoric without using their brain to think a bit. Just listen to the Republican Primary campaign, Why do they think American people so stupid? why trying to stuff us with that kind of nonsense arguments???
14:54 March 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
Rosemary, aren't you the charming one. Say, do you have hairy armpits?
15:11 March 21, 2012 by cogito
Here's some more from the charming Rosemary, this in the tread about the shooting of the Jewish schoolchildren in France:

"I can't believe there even are Jewish schools in Sweden. Or any schools which discriminate based on religion and race. It's an outrage, shut them down"
15:16 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA

First, who gave you the right to consider yourself as the moderator of this thread?

Second, it is true that Roman Polanski was French/Polish, but Ira Levin, was born in 1929 in New York. Being dead, as you write in a very disdained way, does not take his American nationality. Or does it?

You clearly wrote that way because of your hate against America. America is not responsible for your failure as a woman, or is it? Where you raped there? Robbed? Sacked from an employment? Where you denied the Green Card? Please tell us what your trauma is, but do not use it to dirt the once upon a time funny and intelligent threads.

Third, I am glad you read what I wrote in the Jewish school issue and really pray for you to clean up your skull so that you do not produce so many farts at such speed, like you did there with the Jewish schools, Nasa and Einstein issues.

"I don't think you, nor any of the other wingy yanks on this page (or even in Sweden) had anything to do with their work."

You would be surprised who had something to do with the film.

Your "America is the most despised country in the world, and it's funny from a distance. But no-one likes to see your obnoxious fat arses up close." only shows the type of in between thing you are. Are you a "han", a "hon" or a "hen". Tell us what you are, so we can treat you accordingly.

If you are an European, in spite of the fact that the United States is the moste "despised" country in the world, you should kiss its back hole for having saved Europe two times (World Wars I and II) and for having prevented Russia (ex Soviet Union) by putting a wall to the Warsow Pact. It is true that the US has had around two hundred military interventions around the world since back in the 17 hundreds.

My country was invaded by its army more than four times, but everytime we in the world bace a catartrophe, we extend our hands and we receive neither Euros nor Swedish Crowns. We receive US Dollars. And I have a very good reason for not liking America. Got it?

So, Rosemaryburp2012, shut up. Stop farting and beging using your brains for something better than producing methane gas. Unless you are a cow in the field, because if you are, everybody will understand the reason of the pollution increase.
15:21 March 21, 2012 by Roy E
So much ill will towards America! Four years of paying for their insane 2008 election mistake is enough. Wishing another four years of Obama madness on the people is just plain malice.
15:28 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@Svensksmith; as hairy as they come baby!

@cogito; I stand by that comment.

@OUIJA; Stop praying for me.
15:43 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
#40, Bloodymarys69

Now I know where you come from. No wonder. It was only a matter of using Google in a proper way. Ongagua, ongagua. Uuf, uff. Do you need a Gillette razor or a Phillips. Just tell us.

@Svensksmith. She must be an ape. Maybe Cheetah

@ Cogito. If she stands by that comment, there is nothing more to say.
16:02 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80

I don't know what your talking about but your way off.

I doubt you'll find anything on the internet. Better off just using your imagination, like when you pray.
16:23 March 21, 2012 by EP
Really does anyone outside of Sweden even care who the Swedes support apart from any self-rightous Swedes themselves?
16:30 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
# 42 Queenmary.

I thought you had sunk like the Titanic. Wishful thinking!

But, since you are an "outstanding" debater, I am in the wait for your "intelligent" comments to what I wrote to you in # 38. Or, did the mice eat your viperine tongue?

@cogito. What do you think about the American hater? I believe that she is in the black book and she was denied to enter the USA. First, because she had no visa and second, because she has too much hair.
16:37 March 21, 2012 by mamegoma
The majority of the world hates Republicans. MAJORITY OF THE WORLD. Yes, the election is for American's by American's, but face it, American's need to grow up and realize Republicanism is taking a step backwards in history. Reading all the garbage Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum believe in is disgusting and they will just be putting America backwards. It sounds like they both barely gripped civil rights and one still holds strongly that religion plays a big part in politics or society.

America needs to grow up and play with the big dogs. Obama is the better choice and it was hard for him to clean up 8 years of garbage left by Bush and his ugly team. You blame Obama for so much yet he also did so much and you fail to realize what he has done. A president will never be able to please all the people but he can try to please them for the time.

Wake up, Americans. Do your research and stop watching Fox News.
16:58 March 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
I think I'm in love.
17:17 March 21, 2012 by cogito
@Svensksmith: Me, too. But am torn: Rosemary of mamgoma?

@True Believer mamegoma (#45). Do you have a source for "the majority of the world…." no, sorry, a "MAJORITY OF THE WORLD" (the all-cap shouting makes your contention much more persuasive)? If so, please give a link.

@OUIJA. (#44) I am quite certain that Rosemary is Swedish and hairy. You can see her in the group picture of the women in the Hairy armpit article.
17:56 March 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
choices, choices...
19:29 March 21, 2012 by OUIJA
#47 @cogito

I don't think so. I think she is a Swedish tranny pretending to be a "hon". and wanting to have a role in the second version of the famous Polanski film.

And you know, the mammegoma #45 is one more of those who really believe that we will swallow her statements by just writing them in CAPITAL LETTERS. You know, the type of "NOBODY watches Fox" just because she does not watch Fox.

Perhaps she is campaigning for Obama because she will get a share of the millions Obama got for his spurious Nobel Peace Prize.

But do not worry. She is only a little seal. Yes. The problem is that our mammegoma#45 believes that she is small and cute like the seal characters invented by a Japanese firm, but she is not. She is a fake mammegoma, who does not hot to be neither cute, nor smart enough to compete with the big sea lions in TL threads.

By the way, mamme in Japanese means bean. Yes, those that produce farts if you eat too much of them.
20:17 March 21, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
Such Fun!!


I have never asked, tried, or believed myself to be the "moderator" of this forum. So if you think I am, that's your own decision.

Why are you so obsessed with knowing my sex? Are you coming on to me?...

I might be a hairy Swedish woman, or I might be a Peruvian Hairless Dog. But, the facts are, it doesn't matter and it's F-king hilarious watching you try to guess.
20:39 March 21, 2012 by Svensksmith
The big question is, do you know?
21:11 March 21, 2012 by swedejane
Many of these comments are part of the reason I left the US for clearer thinking Sweden. Obnoxious, right-wing, morons.
00:07 March 22, 2012 by waffen
I am in 100% agreement with you swedejane, but their are just as many obnoxious left-wing morons in the United States.

The mass of all of them never served a day in the military for their country. Yet, they are the worse kind of Patriots, the last refuge for scoundrels.

Their Nation is dying in front of their eyes, yet they believe that a re-birth is granted by the Repubicans, who have left them with nothing. Fools all.
00:31 March 22, 2012 by Svensksmith
Don't believe in the Republicans but SURE don't believe in Obama. Come back to America, waffen and run for President!
04:19 March 22, 2012 by rymagnusson
US Taxes are at their lowest in decades, oil companies still have their tax breaks, the banking industry got a weak slap on the wrist at best, the US has expanded wars in the middle east and various territories, and corporate profits are up. What on earth makes right-wing Americans think Obama is socialist rather than a continuation of conservative supply-side economic policy a la Bush and Reagan? Do they just not teach people basic civics and economics over there?
06:56 March 22, 2012 by mamegoma

Nice rebuttal. Going after a username? LOL?
17:59 March 22, 2012 by Rebel
Tell ya what Swedes. If you love him so much then elect him as your leader. Oh, and keep the little bald dude -- the US has no use for him either.
18:32 March 22, 2012 by Jannik
Lets face it, both republicans and democrats are terrible. Both parties are controlled by warmongering zionists.

Only Ron Paul would make an actual change.
19:43 March 22, 2012 by Jeff10
Well, I do support Ron Paul, but as to all of the US-bashing by you Swedes (and I am of Swedish ancestry), it's perhaps a bit of jealously. Anyway, most of us Americans don't care if you love, like, or hate us...so long as you fear us.
21:59 March 22, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80

Jealous?! A true testimony to how stupid many american's are, is that they can still believe that after so many years...

It seems you do care enough about what people think to log-on the net and make a complete d_ck of yourself.
23:31 March 22, 2012 by libertarianism
Babycakes: "...how stupid many americans..."

You said "many" and not "all". Perhaps there's a tiny soft spot in your black little heart? And re #40, I'm also gonna pray for you, just for spite.
23:39 March 22, 2012 by Max Reaver
Of course the Swedes hate Americans. They also hate Russians and Chinese. It's something of a "small-nation-syndrome", as I see it.
00:09 March 23, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@The tea bagger(aka.Libertarianism)

Thanks friend! It honestly made me smile when I read your comment. It was a conscious choice to use those words, and it made me happy to see that you'd noticed.

Pray your little heart out friend!!
01:52 March 23, 2012 by Smiling Canuk
In Canada, Obama is not surpringly much more popular than our Conservative Party CDN prime minister Steven Harper in the polls, so Sweden you're not alone. If I was American, I'd vote Obama also over any of the right wing nutballs the Republicans are fielding.

The USA is a country in decline and they're not handling it very well. Look for more kookiness in American politics as time goes on.
07:50 March 23, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
@Smiling Canuk

I would have clicked "like" if I could.

I'm not a Obama fanboy, but with the upcoming elections America is stuck between a rock and a hard place. ALL of the Rep. canidates are complete nutters. So to the rest* of the western world, Obama is the only one who comes across as being even remotey sane.

* "Rest" being the places where people don't need to have a gun in one hand, a bible in the other, while driving a massive truck and trying to run over abortion doctors.
12:05 March 23, 2012 by cogito
#65. So now you know what the "rest of the western world" thinks?

Are you omniscient? Or are merely been reading O.s campaign propaganda?

True, there are still some True Believers--among the uneducated, uninformed and those who also believe in the purple Easter bunny.

Where opinion matters, among the world's leaders and whose decide our fate, they are privately saying, Bring back Bush.
12:49 March 23, 2012 by libertarianism
Mary-mary-quite-contrary, The Tea Party's backing Romney, not a libertarian candidate. Your stereotype fails to include the many fiscal conservatives who are NOT socially conservative. I know gay men who vote Republican because of this.

The right and left are often two sides of the same coin. However, as looney-toons as a variety of religious peoples might seem, some of them at least believe in *free will*. I'm not sure this exists on the left. Both extremes are arrogant and oppressive. Neither works. Will be interesting to see who takes the youth vote in this election. Also, I think your underwear might be too tight.
21:08 March 23, 2012 by Jeff10

My dearest RosemaryBaby80:

Please, never end a sentence with a verb, as the the missing or misplaced object of the verb might result in a misunderstanding of the meaning of the sentence. Accordingly, your sentence should read, "...as to how stupid are many....".

Anyway, my love, enjoy wallowing in your jealously that's derived from your irrational hate of success and be rest assured that living in the strongest and richest country in the history of the world is reward enough for most of us Americans.
08:25 March 24, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80

It's a always a clear sign someone is on the ropes when they start attacking another's grammar.

"History of the world"!! LMFAO! You can not seriously be so dumb as to believe that!

BTW. America is not rich, China owns your arses.
10:11 March 25, 2012 by OUIJA


Are you still arguing with a men hater? It looks like if her relatives came from Chako Paul City.. She is always right and her LMFAO is just FOSFHTB, and her brains PFFOMGEDD.

Got it?

Oh, forgot: She is nothing but a PIO.
07:08 March 28, 2012 by coffeetable
Sweden has something called "jantelagen" which is a kind of a self limiting view on how you see others and how they see you.You are viewed as nothing special and you are not considered to be helpful to others or bring something to others that they can learn. It explains a lot about how Sweden sees itself and more importantly how they see others in the larger world view.Sweden is not the utopia that we have been told to believe.
01:54 March 29, 2012 by Jeff10
@Ms. RosemaryBaby80:

Well, well, Ms. Rosemary80, thanks for your delightful, but naive, expression of your unabashed lack of understanding of economics. Perhaps you've never heard of this old adage:

When you owe someone $100K, you've a problem; when you owe someone $1M, that creditor has a problem.

For years, many of us in the US have thought that it was wonderful that the Chinese were financing a lifestyle that we otherwise couldn't afford without those wonderful loans. The easiest way to pay off such loans is to print billions of new dollars and inflate the world's economy. It's here started, as I'm sure you've noticed from the prices of certain goods in your country.

But, really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, China, ever so much for loans that allowed us Americans to buy your products.

BTW, my sweetheart, the US GDP roughly is equal to the combined GDPs of Japan, China, Germany, and France (2010 stats). To put it in another perspective, my lovely, the GDP of the State of New York is greater than the GDP of Russia. Do you want another example?

How about one of the US southern states (refered to by the ignorant as redneck states), such as Mississippi? The GDP of Mississippi, a state with a population of about five million, is equal to the GDP of Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, with a population of about 250M.

Anyway, cheers and don't tax your brain too much.
19:54 March 31, 2012 by davidcameron

I used to think Swedes were educated............:)
01:18 April 2, 2012 by cantfry55
A population that thought Hitler "had it right" thinks Obama is a great president?
02:56 May 3, 2012 by JoeSwede
I think Obama should lead Sweden. He can help ruin the economy here. Bloated Government economic ideas, corrupt give aways to his voting supporters, taking credit for things he hasn't done, the list goes on and on...

If it wasn't for the Hourse repubs... the last two years would have been a nightmare.
23:21 May 22, 2012 by onesweetamerican
I grew up in the land of your Swedish-American ancestors; the heart of America. I can tell you, with absolute certainty, each and every one of those Swedes and Norwegians are Republicans. Yea baby, that's right. Those Swedes and Norskys are some smart cookies. Now, ask yourselves, did the United States become a superpower because it was a socialist country?
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EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

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'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

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