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Swedes most worried about organized crime

The Local · 13 Jan 2013, 12:00

Published: 13 Jan 2013 12:00 GMT+01:00

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The conference in the popular winter resort Sälen is organized annually by Society and Defence (Folk och Försvar), an umbrella organization that aims to stimulate public debate about defence and security policy.

Sweden's Prince Daniel is attending the 2013 conference and among the speakers are the commander in chief of Sweden's Armed Forces, Sverker Göranson; Defence Minister Karin Enström; EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström; Nato General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen; National Police Commissioner, Bengt Svensson; and Swedish Security (Säpo) chief, Anders Thornberg.

As the conference participants gathered in Sälen, a report from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap) showed that a majority of Swedes see international organized crime as the top security threat to the country.

Three out of four respondents said that they are quite worried or very worried about organized crime.

Seventy-three percent said they are most worried about relations between the Muslim and Christian world, while two out of three respondents cited depletion of the Earth's resources as their top concern.

The past year's events in the Middle East and an influx of refugees are two other issues that concern Swedes, cited by 65 and 56 percent of respondents respectively.

Extremism in Sweden and Europe dominate debates on the first day of the 2013 Society and Defence conference.

The agenda of the second day is mostly taken up by discussion about Nato and Sweden, as well as the hotly debated issue of Sweden's defence capabilities, which security experts have said are flailing.

The theme for the third and final day is crisis management and how to prepare for natural disasters, with one panel discussion dedicated to lessons learnt from Hurricane Sandy on the US East Coast.

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Society and Defence's annual national conference attracts around 300 participants and 40 speakers for three days of lectures and debates as well social events and skiing.

The participants are representatives from trade and industry, political parties, government authorities, youth organizations and various NGOs.

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Your comments about this article

16:25 January 13, 2013 by thecritic
If you think the current financial crisis is bad, then wait until the muslims crisis is blow up in your face and see how bad it is and see what kind of a mess that you made for yourselves. When you realized that there are too many of them and you don't know how to manage anymore, namely your money is running out and you can't affort it anymore then you see the real problems that you have been warned so many times, and time and again you kept ignored them. It's not only your precious immigrants, but also your own people that you have to deal with when the resources are depleted.

There always be problems in africa and middle east, there always be wars and conflicts, famines and diseases. How long can you be able to keep following your blind, reckless and foolish policies without paying the consequences?

Perhaps, you should follow the Centre Party's policies, and completely open your borders and take in anybody that wants to come to sweden and get it over with. Because that means that you have waved the white flag and surrendered your country completely and then there is nothing more to talk about anymore, because you have unconditionally surrendered your country to whatever comes in the future.

Otherwise, don't pretend that you care about the well being of your country. Because on one hand, you say here is a problem and there is a problem, but you youselves are the ones that created the very prolems that you screaming about. It's like you intentionally burn down your own house and cream fire in the same time! You worry about the extremists and organized crimes, but who are they? How they got here in the first place? How did they grow and what made it easy for them to grow then? The answers are right under your noses, with unlimited immigration policy and uncheck open borders perhaps? If you

want to see what you are heading to then watch France in the next 10 to 20 years, where their mistakes in the past will come back and haunt them for many many generations to come. But who knows, may be you might experience that even before them with your wonderful immigration policy and uncheck free for all borders???
20:29 January 13, 2013 by johan rebel
Defense and security elite? Ah . . . . that Muppet Prince is of course a world famous expert of long standing on these weighty matters!
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