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19 Apr 2012, 15:46

Published: 19 Apr 2012 15:46 GMT+02:00

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After reading Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth’s defense of her actions in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, I get the feeling that the minister of culture is more interested in rendering herself a martyr of artistic self-expression than genuinely apologizing to her offended constituents.

According to Adelsohn Liljeroth, “art must be allowed to provoke” and “pose uncomfortable questions”.

Give me a break.

Adelsohn Liljeroth may not be an overt racist, but she has shown herself to be both overtly ignorant and overtly narcissistic.

Her participation in Makode Linde’s performance art installation at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet's celebration of World Art Day was offensive in the deepest way, and she had no business taking part in a minstrel show, art installation or not.

Since Shakespeare’s Othello, people of African descent have been caricatured in various degrading manifestations of black face, but the American minstrel show, from which Linde clearly derives the inspiration for his aesthetic, has undoubtedly played the largest role in spreading racist black archetypes across the globe

Minstrel shows began as black face variety acts performed by both black and white people in the Antebellum South. These shows caricatured black people as lazy, happy clappy, and/or buffoonish.

The menacing, white-woman crazy Buck; the back-talking, insubordinate Mammy; the eye-bulging, watermelon-gobbling Pickaninny; the hypersexual Jezebel – these are just a few of the abominably demeaning images still deeply ingrained in our collective psyche, and black people across the world are still chained to the erroneous beliefs surrounding these stereotypes.

Black Swedish artist Makode Linde clearly uses these archetypes as a way to critique and lampoon racism, and it is his right as an artist to do so.

I may not like it, it may make me feel uncomfortable, but in a free society to you do not limit artistic expression. In a free society we all agree that the value of a work of art is left up to individual aesthetic judgment, even at the expense of our own opinions and sometimes morals.

That is Free Speech 101.

But Adelsohn Liljeroth is not an artist or private art patron--she is a public servant.

And any good politician knows that their ability to exercise free speech is limited by the constraints of political correctness: when or where have politicians ever been allowed to say or do whatever they want? Since when are politicians supposed to be provocative and offensive by way of installation art?

Adelsohn Liljeroth’s brazen and audacious performance of a “clitorectomy” on a racist cake is more than a bad judgment call – it demonstrates her lack of respect for African-descended Swedes, a lack of respect for the office she holds, and an unnerving sense of entitled arrogance.

Sweden isn’t that far removed from the days of the Statens Institut för Rasbiologi ('The State Institute for Race Biology') and race-based forced sterilizations (not to mention mock slave auctions at Lund University) to be in a position to have their white minister of culture making a mockery of institutionalized racism.

Despite Sweden’s global reputation as a bastion social liberalism, it is in no way a paragon of racial equality, as evidenced by the nation’s confusion regarding how to integrate their burgeoning multicultural populations beyond the confines of parallel societies such as Malmö’s Rosengård or Stockholm’s Rinkeby.

Adelsohn Liljeroth’s actions have not raised more “awareness” for genital mutilation in Africa and frankly, I don’t see how a gathering of cultural elites at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet could do anything to put a halt to the horrors of female circumcision.

The performance art installation was certainly a display of self-congratulatory avant-gardism, but in my opinion, it did nothing to effect real social-change vis-a-vis women’s rights and the protection of women’s bodies.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video speaks a million.

Story continues below…

In this case we have both and they portray Adelsohn Liljeroth with the white, Swedish left-wing elite laughing, smiling, and drinking wine all while cheerfully engaging in a racist minstrel spectacle.

And there wasn’t a black face in the crowd (except for that of the artist in the cake).

Adelsohn Liljeroth clearly sees herself as the victim of the general populace of philistines who don’t “appreciate” or “get” modern art.

So let me put it to her this way: If the cake had been a Nazi-era Jewish caricature, would you have gone within five kilometers of the knife, minister Adelsohn Liljeroth?

Carmen Price is a American freelance writer and former Fulbright fellow based in Stockholm.

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18:59 April 19, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Carmen Price, you give ME a break.

Minstrels shows in the 1800's and early 1900's were racist because they suggested that black people were unintelligent, promiscuous, clueless etc... The art performance in this case represents the hundreds of thousands of yearly VICTIMS of FGM, and NOT a black person acting stupidly, promiscuously, cluelessly, etc...

Lileroth, in her role as a public servant, is more than welcome to say or do what she wants, or in this particular case what a black artist wanted her to do, when it draws attention to an important cause. It would be utter nonsense to suggest that she should be so politically correct that she cannot take a stand against FGM, because some of her constituents here may approve of FGM. That would be like a justice minister saying that he/she is pro-murder or indifferent to murder when visiting a prison, in order not to upset the inmates.

The artist never would have insisted that only white people cut the cake, because this art is not about the colour of the skin of the people holding the knife, it is about the ongoing victimization of girls by FGM. The minister happens to be white and there happens to have been white people in a room. That detail is not relevant.

And the partly nervous laughter in the room was because of the breathtaking originality and provocative nature of the artwork, the live action and participation element, and the simple fact that it generated cake that people could eat.

It is absolutely shocking that someone who contributes to the media can claim that a widely reported story cannot raise awareness about an issue. Are you delerious? Of course people like you DILUTE the possible benefit of this increased awareness by screaming 'racism' when there was no racism implied by the art or the artist's performance, rather than taking this opportunity to advance the dialogue on what actions might be taken in Sweden and worldwide so that FGM can be eradicated.

FGM is a an ongoing crime against humanity. Do some good and focus on the things that can be done to stop that, and stop complaining about a cake or the minister who cut it.
19:16 April 19, 2012 by johan rebel
Price should not argue, because she is obviously incapable of a cogent line of reasoning. She might even consider becominf a freelance anything-but-writer.

What constituents has the minister offended? A tiny minority of loudmouths who should get a life and a proper job, not the vast and silent majority who couldn't care less because they have more important things in life to deal with.
19:30 April 19, 2012 by bcterry
Well said R a R.

Hey Carmen, when's the last time you did a piece on FGM, (if ever), and the inhumane, savage, brutal, painful assault on INNOCENT FEMALE CHILDREN, with the same veracity you are showing against those who trying to bring awareness to this sadistic procedure?

Get a grip!!!
22:57 April 19, 2012 by planet.sweden
"Carmen Price, an American freelance writer based in Stockholm"

Freelance is normally code for 'unemployed'.

Which makes me wonder what Ms Price and all the other Americans swanning around Stockholm are doing here? I thought you apple pie folk were meant to be in love with entrepreneurship, hard work low taxes, bombing people, and of course eschewing all forms of welfarism.

Instead there seems to be an unholy number of you here, all managing to welfare bum it, either mamma leave, pappa leave, wapping, sjukskriver, a-kassan, or whatever, in my experience the great entrepreneurs from the other side of the Atlantic are the first to bag their slice of it.

Wouldn't it be a lot easier on all of us if you simply voted in a socialist government in Washington, and eh stayed home, 'like' please?
00:58 April 20, 2012 by libertarianism
I'm going to print this page, just so I can burn it.
02:11 April 20, 2012 by stirthepot
Yes, how DARE somebody have a different opinion on a matter. How dare you. Why don't you just take your opinion and take it back to America, where everybody can have opinions!
06:50 April 20, 2012 by TvAmazon
I'm an American and I think Carmen's college level immaturity is embarrassing to many intelligent Americans. What Carmen calls a good politican with excellent politcal correctness I find to be another slick greasy politican who is not brave enough to deal with the real world as it is.

The politicains and freelance writers who try the hardest to get everyone to like them usually stand for nothing and change opions and direction like the branches of a tree blown by the wind.

Did it ever cross your challenged IQ mind that maybe the African cake designer and Minister have brought far more attention to this issue than they even hoped far by being daring and not politically correct. Maybe you will someday be wise.
11:45 April 20, 2012 by Puffin
While I agree that the Minister was rather naive about falling into this particular trap

I think that Carmen has somewhat missed the point that the *artist* was trying to make - it is clear from the interviews he has given that this is exactly the result he was hoping for - A picture of a bunch of middle aged, middle class white people (he calls them the "kulturtanterna" in the interviews) laughing at a circumcised black woman does indeed paint 1000 words and that is exactly the picture that was the *art* in this case!!

Now the *artist* has got max publicity for bad *art*

Unfortunately Carmen in her outrage seems to have missed the point here - perhaps she should ask why Swedish society regards art as a get out of jail free card for every ill considered schem

- remember the woman who engandered others to be admitted to a mental hospital for her art project - kicking and scratching the staff?

- or the guys that wrecked to tube train carriage in the name of a college art project??

This is the real scandal that Carmen should examine
12:30 April 20, 2012 by Windycity
Well said Carmen. I feel like Swedes just don't get it yet - remember the dolls at NK a few years ago. The only message this is sending to the world is that Swedes are white racists. Also, during the same time the lunatic from Norway is getting world press.

This is such a bad judgement call on the part of the Minister that I would seriously doubt her ability to perform her job at all.
13:12 April 20, 2012 by RobinHood
How to make one of the most successful, useful and controversial pieces of art produced for years.

Ingredients: Take one cake in the shape of a black woman. Add one grinning white government minister and a knife. Hoodwink the minister into cutting the cake. Photograph the event and notify the global media. Allow to simmer for several days until it boils to a froth, then add Jesse Jackson for even more froth.

Carmen, without the grinning white government minister, the whole installation would have failed. She was essential to ferment the resulting furore. The artist clearly said the aim of the cake was to draw attention to FGM amongst black women, and that the minister was part of the art. He has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, and while the grinning white government minister certainly got more than she bargained for, she has played her part, even if unwittingly.

FGM amongst black women is now being discussed globally, and if one single girl goes unmolested as a result of this new awareness, the minister has made the world a significantly better place. I'm sure that you, and all other right thinking members of society hope far more than one girl will escape the rusty razorblade because of this art. It would have been nice if you had mentioned FGM in your piece above. It was, after all, the entire message and purpose of the art.

In this case Carmen, yes - ministers and minstrels do make good bedfellows, and out there somewhere is a little girl (and hopefully many more than one) who owe the artist and the minister a good deal of thanks.

Also out there, and on these forums, are a surprisingly large number of people who believe FGM is a good thing. Be careful you don't find yourself associated with these people Carmen, better an duped minister, than a freelance journalist with a penchant for FGM. Perhaps you might tell us where you do actually stand on FGM. So far, although you have written many words on your opinion of the minister's brave involvement with a controversial artistic protest against FGM, we have yet to hear you condemn FGM yourself. Why is that so?
14:28 April 20, 2012 by Jes
Thank you Carmen !

When Luis Armstrong visted Sweden for a music show , some very well respected newspapers wrote things like" The N---- ger made monkey tricks and noises ---- it was fantastic "!

That was a long time ago when most Swedes were too genuinely ignorant they had no clue where to draw the line.

It is amazing that in 2012 , Sweden has a Minister who behaves like it was 1954 !

To make it worse , she is not the only one who does not realize the difference between "provocative art " and provoking demeaning images .

I have asked this Ministers supporters how they would feel if an image of a gay person donating infected blood ( with HIV) was published as a provocative art piece . One of them people responded by informing me that it is a misconception to say that HIV is a gay problem .

Of course it is misconception ; HIV is a problem for all humans !

That is why it is silly to put out an image than might give the wrong impression that all black women are ugly looking victims of genital mutilation .----- because they are not !.

99.9999 black women have never been subjected to this cruel primitive ritual .

That said , one can argue that women who enlarge their breasts are not pholosophically different from women who cut out their bits .

Maybe , the Minister should move a motion to ban breast implants too ?
15:40 April 20, 2012 by stirthepot
See, something that a lot of you people in the comments section assume is that the writer was unable to 'grasp' the art. This piece is not a hard concept to grasp. And not once did Carmen say that she was against the art. Maybe you sincerely believe that she didn't comprehend. Maybe you're trying to change the subject of the article so that you sound more informed an cultured than the writer. Perhaps it's simply a knee-jerk reaction to having somebody hold a mirror up to you.
16:03 April 20, 2012 by libertarianism
Re 11,

f you go to the World Health Organization (WHO) page on female genital mutilation (FGM), there is a photo of a dark-complected child. And there is a category "FGM in WHO Regions", and the only choice in the region category is Africa.

If you click on Africa, you're taken to the WHO page for Africa where every human on the page has a dark complexion. The cover on the African WHO booklet (pdf) on female genital mutilation has a drawing of sad brown eyes set within dark-complected skin. There is also a drawing of a razor blade with a pool of blood dripping from it. All of this is within the shape of Africa.

If you feel that it is wrong to depict female genital mutilation in relation to "black" women, then you should write to WHO, WHO's Africa division, and the millions of "black" women (and men) in Africa who:


Female genital mutilation is prevalent in 27 of the 46 WHO regions in Africa. OVER 100 MILLION girls/women have undergone genital mutilation. Most live in Africa. Some live in the Middle East, in Asia, or in immigrant communities in Canada, US, European countries, etc.


If you google picture search "Female Genital Mutilation", you'll find most (not all) pictures are of dark-complected girls, screaming and terrified.

Is the cake offensive? Yes. Now again, googe picture search "Female Genital Mutilation". Look at those photos, then come back and look at the cake.

Shame on Price for being yet another talking head and self-righteous yankee.
17:11 April 20, 2012 by stirthepot
Wow, really? Bad things happen in other countries? Thanks for the awareness! Terrible things are now gone, the world over!
17:32 April 20, 2012 by libertarianism
My apologies - #13 should read, "If you..." NOT "f you..". What a change in tone one letter can make... :(
17:49 April 20, 2012 by Afrofro
Really disturbing reading most of these comments.

I'm not surprised though, who does not know that Sweden is a fertile land for Nazi??? You got a great opportunity to express hatred and anger...

Ignorance is the worst disease, most of those reacting here know nothing about the world.

Please continue enjoying your white swedish paradise.
00:07 April 21, 2012 by Victoria Amerikansk
Afrofro: I know a bit about female genital mutilation, do you have any clue about how sadistic and barbaric it is? Sweden does not accept child abuse. Got it?

Except, FGM is far worse than child abuse. It's the equivalent of a boy having most or all of his penis cut right off.
03:45 April 21, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
I am an American now living in Sweden and am absolutely mortified to have this "freelance" (ie: unemployed) writer representing either of my countries. How can she not be outraged at the barbaric custom of FGM?! Who cares what color icing the cake had?!!
08:14 April 21, 2012 by coffeetable
Why are most people in the room smiling and laughing as this deplorable event unfolds. The photo takers are mostly woman themselves. I sent this news article to readers in Canada, Jamaica and USA.
07:35 April 22, 2012 by Lenny1941
Copied from the Free Dictionary:

road to hell is paved with good intentions

Prov. People often mean well but do bad things. (Can be a strong rebuke, implying that the person you are addressing did something bad and his or her good intentions do not matter.) Jane: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings; I only wanted to help you. Jane: Oh, yeah? The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
13:57 April 22, 2012 by planet.sweden
"So let me put it to her this way: If the cake had been a Nazi-era Jewish caricature, would you have gone within five kilometers of the knife, minister Adelsohn Liljeroth?" C.Price

Let me explain. The cake wasn't a Nazi era Jewish caricature, it was a modern black artist employing the style he always employs for the sake of art. The style he used is the style he always used. Not much to my taste either, but that's artistic feedom for you. Just check out his facebook site. Would you feel the same offence at a cartoon representation of a white person, there are plenty of them? Probably not. Take time out for a moment to consider why that is.

Rather bizarrely many white liberal recoiled in horror at the static picture of this event declaring that the head in particular was a racist caricature, without apparently realizing that the head was in fact that of the black artist himself, in the flesh. Yes he had painted on a big grin on his face but then he always does, that's his style.

If people are offended by a black artists cartoon representation of black people they should take it up with him. But personally I saw nothing here that isn't regularly outdone by newspaper cartonists when they seek to lapoon white politicians.

The real problem is tat Sweden is rapidly filling up with cultural imperialists like C.Price from the US of A seeking to impose their own failed models of racial politics on Sweden, mainly as a device to get attention.

"Gee I went yo Sweden and guess what they do things differently, of course I put them right..."

It's time to tell Price and others like her, that the US race model is a disaster, whereas Sweden has actually been doing rather well without the US approach. In short Price, take your US student union politics back to where they belong. The sooner the better.
18:44 April 22, 2012 by cogito
#21. In that case why do all my black friends in Sweden want to go and live in the USA?

As for Adelsohn Liljeroth, she is a renowned dunce who got the job as minister of culture because her husband was the party leader. Nepotism is common in Sweden.
21:28 April 22, 2012 by planet.sweden

"In that case why do all my black friends in Sweden want to go and live in the USA?"

Doubtless because they've never tried being black and living in the US.

When I was last in the US the police were called to an "incident" in the town I was staying in. On arrival the first they they did was shoot dead the private security guard standing outside. He was black.
10:15 April 23, 2012 by cogito
And you make your sweeping generalization based on an isolated anecdote, the veracity of which is doubtful, given some of your other sweeping statements.

My black friends in Sweden see compatriots from their nation of origin who went to the USA working as dentists, doctors, university professors....

My black friends here have been unable to find work though they are highly educated and rained engineers, economists and doctors.
18:51 April 23, 2012 by umeåstar
What a joke... someone is seeking attention ...ITS A CAKE..
22:33 April 23, 2012 by mindmindi
I am shocked by how many people have jumped to bully this lady´s opinions based on the argument that this cake was a piece of art with the purpose to rise awareness. Was it? That was what the moderna museet declared because of course they knew this issue would run out of proportion but the minister NEVER declared it so. When it was her turn to speak she said "I understand quite well that this is provocative and that it was a rather bizarre situation," (…) "I was invited to speak at World Art Day about art's freedom and the right to provoke. And then they wanted me to cut the cake."(...)

Anyone with little common sense can understand that her sole reason of being there was to stand for ART, and to top that, her lack of empathy towards the indignation of a minority (no apology whatsoever) after eating a cake representing a black mutilated woman clearly sends the message that when it is about skin color she could not care less (where is political diplomacy?)

I wonder if this would had been the same reaction if she was cutting the cake of a white naked woman torso with a penis as head ….I bet all the ultra feminists out there would have had her fired in less than a week!!

And people is not how equal we all can be but how equally we can respect others and their opinions! its a democracy after all right?
08:25 April 24, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Quit viewing race through the lens of the American experience. So many irrelevant points in this piece of rubbish, I won't even begin to cite them. Sweden needs to view race through the lens of its own culture and experience. No need to take on the burden of historical race issues in other societies.

I realize that the collective Swedish Conscious finds itself incapable of an existence without constant comparison to Britain and the US, but the rhetoric of this issue has been argued from a culturally American point of view even in Sweden since it first made news.

Glad to say that this blip only appeared momentarily in the American media and disappeared due to lack of interest.
11:57 April 24, 2012 by Kr0n
I think that Carmen Price is quite pretty. I'd say she even makes me horny.
21:34 April 24, 2012 by mcarroll1
I agree with Krun Carmen Price is hot even if the article is and all the other comments too are rubbish.
21:37 April 24, 2012 by planet.sweden

I really think its time you wised up..., particularly before you starting questioning the accuracy of other peoples comments:


PS What's a "highly educated and rained engineer"?
11:00 April 25, 2012 by cogito
@30. Obviously, "rained" was a typo, dunderhead. It should read (#24) "trained" engineers....

"blackstonian.com"? Ah, another impeccable source. How often do respectable publications link to blackstonian? Are you aware that one can find obscure tinfoil hat sources claiming anything. Just yesterday I read one that reveals the earth is flat and pigs fly.

From a slightly more credible source: A report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that approximately 8,000 - and, in certain years, as many as 9,000--African Americans are murdered annually in the U.S. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are perpetrated by other blacks. 
11:17 April 25, 2012 by Prestonrobsun
Photo looks like the top half of the first victim in 'The Bridge'.
19:40 April 25, 2012 by planet.sweden

Ah I see, the blackstonian.com is written by black people so its obviously totally unreliable. Perhaps you should admit to your "black friends" that actually, you're a bit of a racist. Shame that.

And I'm not at all sure how you think that your second paragraph makes the US a good place for blacks to live in, versus Sweden.

But then like you're rained engineers, you're not really all there.
17:20 April 26, 2012 by cogito
"the blackstonian.com is written by black people so its obviously totally unreliable"(#33)

If you say so.

I had no idea blackstonion is written by black people.

I never heard of blackstonian.

Now that you have called your impeccable source to my attention, however, I'm afraid it looks like nothing more than a race-mongering, chip-on-the-shoulder online grievance blog. I could be wrong. It was so amateur I couldn't be bothered to spend more than five minutes on it.

Continue to sit your sofa screaming RAAAACIIIST right and left. Fewer and fewer are listening.
18:40 April 28, 2012 by Cornelius Hamelberg
"Since Shakespeare's Othello, people of African descent have been caricatured in various degrading manifestations of black face"


Professor Eldred Jones is an authority on just that subject, since his doctoral dissertation " Othello's Countrymen" is about the image of the African in English Renaissance Drama, 1550-1688. (Sir Laurence Olivier hung out with West Indians to inculcate some of the required African emotionalism - and it actually took a few hours of make up for him to adjust to the role ( Othello) ....Paul Robeson ( on stage,1930) and Lawrence Fishburne ( cinema 1995) have also been quite impressive after him


K. J. P. Lowe's "Black Africans In Renaissance Europe" could also help clarify the African image in those times.

The Black and White Minstrel show is a phenomenon that belong to the race and race era of the US and not a part of Swedish entertainment or race culture....
01:22 April 30, 2012 by Tom Dundee
"Infidel". by Ayann Hirsi Ali gives a description of the3 female genital mutilations commonly used. Hers involved the least mutilating of the three.

My description wen over the 3000 word limit and I lost it.
13:38 April 30, 2012 by Cornelius Hamelberg
True to form,"the n-g-r cake" is immediately striking because it has the essential facial features of the Black White Minstrel show....

The line that "Since Shakespeare's Othello, people of African descent have been caricatured in various degrading manifestations of black face," - gives the impression that Old Bill's creation was a causative factor or the beginning of the something new and not just a point in time combined with so many other forces in history such as the slave trade, the black poor in the UK, etc. etc....

Ditto with anti-Semitism. As true as a sentence that reads "Since Shakespeare's "A Merchant of Venice" people of Jewish descent have been caricatured in various degrading manifestations of Shylock" Before and since.

"Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,

organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same

food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,

heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter

and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If

you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the

rest, we will resemble you in that. "

Ditto Africans....


Shakespeare's tragic hero Othello is a Moor (swarthy Arab/ Berber fellow from North Africa) and a General in the Venetian army. With "thick lips"and sooty", sure - his tragic fault is jealousy, appropriately named "Svartsjuk" in Swedish - and "svartsjuk" = the black sickness, but although some of his racial features "thick lips", sooty" it's nothing remotely like the caricatures in the Black and White Minstrel shows or the more sombre realities of "strange fruit"

"Pastoral scene of the gallant South

The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth

Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh

Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh"

From the wreckage of the civilizing missions of colonialism and Christianity we find the stereotypes that have survived up till today, right up to holy Astrid Lindgren and the French Tintin

20:35 May 1, 2012 by MichaelM
It's depressing that this made the news and that all (on all sides) can spew forth their vitriol about the 'race problem'. All the insecure white men with their feelings of sexual inferiority... all the 'holier than though' lefties with their hypocrisy. Most people with good sense just look away...

Part of me dreams that society would have the good sense to bring back the censors...

But alas, it (probably) won't happen...

BTW I think that the piece itself was in extremely poor taste...
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A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
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Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
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‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
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Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
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