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Prime minister: Sweden must 'stick together'

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Prime minister: Sweden must 'stick together'
The prime minister, Stefan Löfven, said that 2015 had been a very tough year. Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT
13:51 CET+01:00
In his second Christmas speech, Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, entreated the country to stick together and to not create ‘shadow communities.'

“Sweden must stick together and must not create shadow communities,” Löfven said in his short speech delivered from the steps outside the Nobel Museum on Stortorget in Stockholm's Old Town on Saturday.

The prime minister said that 2015 had been a very tough year. "Murders in Trollhättan. The terrorist attacks in Paris. The refugee flow that grew stronger than Sweden could handle."

“There are memories from this autumn that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. When I travelled to Trollhättan after the murders and met with students, parents and staff. I saw the sadness, the fear, shock and anger in their eyes. I'll never forget.”

Löfven spoke about how Sweden now has a choice. “We must choose cohesion. We must choose the road together, where no one is left behind or forgotten. We must create a society where everyone can feel trust, faith and community.”

The prime minister also wanted to highlight the bright aspects of 2015. He thanked all the countries that came together to deliver the climate change accord last weekend. He also thanked the churches that stood up and helped the vulnerable this year.

“The darkness does not show the way; it is the light that shows the way. Behind all the terror and poverty are things that are lighter, and we will remember this in the winter darkness.”

"We must build this society together and with that I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” he concluded.

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