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Swedish ‘descendants’ vote Republican

While a majority of Swedes are rooting for Barack Obama, Americans living in towns with Swedish origins overwhelmingly vote Republican.

Swedish 'descendants' vote Republican

A joint investigation by CNN in Sweden and Swedish analytics firm United Minds has shown that US cities with Swedish-sounding names are predominantly conservative.

In the 2008 US election Senator John McCain was the big winner in the US towns of Lund, Kalmar and Gothenburg, which are all named after Swedish cities.

McCain won 83, 60 and 74 percent of the votes in each respective town.

A great majority of Swedes living in Sweden, however, prefer the Democratic Party and Barack Obama over the Republicans and Mitt Romney.

Eighty-nine percent of Swedes would like to see Obama win the 2012 US election, according to a poll conducted by the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Carl Melin of United Minds explained that the traditional Swedish settlement regions in the US often consist of small and mid-sized towns, and in the US, Democrats tend to flock to the bigger cities.

“Many believe that Obama will receive the lowest share of votes ever from white Americans,” said Melin.

“The Swedish settlement regions are very white.”

Melin does not believe that residents in these parts of the US have been won over by Obama since 2008 and predicts that most Americans with Swedish roots will opt for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

However, the CNN and United Minds investigation found two exceptions: In Stockholm, Wisconsin and Stockholm, Maine the support for Obama is strong.

In these towns, named after the Swedish capital, Obama received 69 and 61 percent of the vote, respectively in 2008.

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NORTH KOREA

South Korean envoy to join meetings with North, US in Sweden: ministry

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has confirmed that South Korean envoy Lee Do-Hoon will participate in high-level meetings with the United States and North Korea.

South Korean envoy to join meetings with North, US in Sweden: ministry
Police at the Mälaren conference facility northwest of Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The ministry confirmed the new detail of the talks, which will take place at an unnamed location in Sweden, after several media previously reported Lee’s involvement.

“He is in Sweden to participate in roundtable discussions in a lesser format with international experts, organised by the Swedish government and Sipri [Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, ed.],” Swedish foreign ministry press spokesperson Buster Mirow Emitslöf said.

Lee will participate as the South Korean representative on security questions relating to the Korean peninsula. The presence in Sweden of United States Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and Choe Son Hui, a North Korean vice-minister of foreign affairs, has already been confirmed.

Issues addressed by the talks will include the upcoming summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The meeting will take place in a secret location, but police on Saturday blocked access to a conference facility at Mälaren northwest of Stockholm. Swedish media including tabloids Aftonbladet and Expressen reported that Swedish former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson was at the location.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs would not confirm whether this would be the venue for the meetings and remained tight-lipped around the exact arrangements.

Sipri confirmed that it was involved in organizing the meeting and that it was taking place, but made no further comment.

“It is too early” to say anything, Sipri’s head of communications Stephanie Blenckner said.

On Friday, the White House announced that the US and North Korea had agreed to a second summit between Trump and Kim at the end of February. The location for that meeting has not been confirmed.

The two leaders first met in Singapore in June 2018.

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