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Swedish teacher fired for racist Facebook posts

A newly-hired teacher in southern Sweden had her contract terminated after the school discovered anti-Muslim posts that she had written on the internet.

Swedish teacher fired for racist Facebook posts
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The teacher was meant to start working this August at the Montessori school in Kalmar, but after the school principal took a good look online she decided to end the already-signed contract due to the teacher's openly racist views.
 
The principal, Ann-Sofie Stensdotter, told Sveriges Radio that the teacher's extremely negative opinions about Muslims and "illegal immigrants" go against the school's values.
 
She added that the school will begin looking at what job seekers write on the internet in advance to avoid hiring people who are actively fighting for values not in line with the school's code.
 
The teacher published several video clips on her Facebook page where people, allegedly Muslims, engage in such acts as animal abuse. She had also commented on several of her posts, writing that "these people are God's punishment" for Sweden becoming a secular nation.
 
Another picture of a thin, old white person and a well-fed dark person was captioned with claims that "illegal immigrants" take all the government's money, leaving nothing to Swedish pensioners. 
 
Hanna Oxell, front desk manager at Wise recruitment agency, told The Local that workers at her agency usually check online to see if the person interviewed matches the person online.
 
"We want to see if it strengthens the image of the person we are recruiting," she continued.
 
Stensdotter stressed that the biggest problem was not the teacher's views, however, but the strength and openness with which she shared them. The teacher's extreme views against those with Muslim backgrounds would be clear to students, Stensdotter said. 
 
In a report by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Bisnode about how Swedish employers look up potential candidates, 75 percent were revealed to have some kind of policy in place for background checks on job seekers.
 
About 45 percent search their candidates on Facebook, and nearly 40 percent use search engines like Google.
 
"It's not that common, but companies tend to say no to job-seekers in serious cases," Oxell told The Local. "For example when their opinions doesn't match the company's values."
 
Isabela Vrba/The Local

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Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden

A video made by a Swedish family as a silly Christmas greeting for their friends has gone wildly viral on Facebook, receiving more than half a million views in just four days, not bad for a country of just nine million.

Family's Christmas video goes viral in Sweden
Björn Hansson is 'quite attention-seeking', according to his daughter My. Photo: Screen Grab

The video shows Björn Hansson, from Ljusdal, a small town in central Sweden,  prancing around the frozen Swedish countryside in a bunny suit pursued by his dog Yksi. 

 

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GOD JUL 2015

Dags för årets julhälsning från min far Björn Hansson! Speciellt tillägnad Maria Wållner, Ewa Almin Olsén, Malin Blomqvist och Sara Carlsson. Ladies, både nätstrumpor och mycket hud! Enyoy.

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It was shot by Björn Hansson's daughter My. His wife Kickan Hansson and her friend Theresa Olsson acted as dog handlers.
 
“It's so funny to think that so many people have seen my Dad in a bunny outfit, and my Dad thinks it's very funny too,” My Hansson told The Local. “He is quite attention-seeking so he likes it. He's very hard to be around because he's very star struck by himself.” 
 
“It's completely idiotic, but great fun,” Björn Hansson from Ljusdal said in a separate interview with the Helahälsingland newspaper. 
 
The video was shot a few days before Christmas and shared on Facebook the day before Christmas Eve. 
 
My Hansson told The Local that she had expected the video to be shared 30 or 40 times among friends, as happened with the silly Christmas photos they have taken in previous years. 
 
The idea came from their previous year's Christmas photo, when she decided to suspend her father, dressed in a bunny costume, by his feet from a crane, to mimic the traditional way to treat newly shot hares. 
 
“In Sweden we have a hunting tradition where you hunt hares with a dog like our dog, and when you shoot a hare you hang it upside down with a tree branch in its stomach,” My Hansson explained.
 
“Last year we hung him up by his legs, so this year we thought we would do a movie showing how we shot him.” 
 
Both My Hansson and her father are keen hunters, with the daughter, who is an artist, working as an illustrator for a hunting magazine. 
 
“I knew that hunters would find it funny,” she said. “But I didn't know the rest of Sweden would find it as funny as they have.”
 
“I think it's unusual to see an old man, jumping around in the middle of the forest freezing dressed as a rabbit. I don't think people have seen it before.”