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VikingHumpingWitch
Posted on: 21.Mar.2010, 11:30 AM





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Actually the UK has a huge amount of ethnic minorities (which term incidentally is not interchangeable with the word immigrant) in public office. Cleaners, receptionists, junior clerks etc. Loads, tons. It's just like ¨with women, the higher up you go the fewer you find. 40 MPs is about 6%, lower than the non-white British population percentage across the country. We have already had one black Cabinet Minister. I'm just pointing out that there aren't many ethnic minorities in senior posts in the UK, either in the public or private sector. "Not many" is not interchangeable with "none".

Doesn't make the UK an apartheid state any more than Sweden is one.
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Posted on: 19.Mar.2010, 02:10 PM





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I do agree that drawing a cartoon is less worse than rioting and killing people. It would be much more dignified to rise above it and ignore it. But it's someone being deliberately offensive against people being offended, who's worse there?

If it was any good, any good at all, I'd be ok with it.
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Posted on: 19.Mar.2010, 12:46 PM





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Ridicule and derision of religions is fine. Drawing a picture that looks like your kid did it of someone's god as a dog isn't funny or clever, it's just twättish. Pointlessly offensive. It's attention seeking dressed up as making a point about freedom of speech and it's not worth risking people's lives over. Stupid stupid stupid.
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Posted on: 19.Mar.2010, 11:39 AM





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Here's my view, for no reason other than to inflict my opinions on a wider world:

Lars Vilks should have the freedom to behave like a twät. The rest of us should make damn sure he knows what a twät he is, he should be reminded daily, every time anyone sees him we should say "Oi! Lars! You're a twät!" Children should point and giggle at him in the street. He should die alone, ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Of natural causes.
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Posted on: 19.Mar.2010, 10:55 AM





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Do you have any statistics on ethnic minority representation at senior executive level in any other EU country? The UK doesn't have many black CEOs or Cabinet Ministers either. I think under your definition, every country in the world is an apartheid state.
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Posted on: 18.Mar.2010, 02:01 PM





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I think you need to make a distinction between immigrants who can't get a job because of their name or race or nationality and immigrants who can't get a job because they don't speak Swedish. This will help you distinguish between discrimination and market forces.
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Posted on: 18.Mar.2010, 01:36 PM





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QUOTE (krigeren @ 18.Mar.2010, 01:13 PM) *
There are not many immigrants in Finland so not so many problems with immigrants.

Your attitude about Swedish employers not being obliged...Swedish employers are obliged to do many things..the unions and laws deem it so...

I beleive that if immigrants in Sweden united, just 10% of the 20% or 90,000 that they could via peaceful protests, campaigning, networking could very well have similar power as the unions do and force employers to hire immigrants just as the unions force employers to the bargaining table. Their is such polarization regarding this issue it seems the only path for immigrants to go.


So Finland's solution to immigrant integration is not have many immigrants. I'm not sure kicking immigrants out of Sweden will actually improve their opportunities for work in Sweden.

Swedish employers are obliged to do many things. Employing unsuitable people just because they're foreign is not one of them. Nor should it be, ever, anywhere in the world. Employers should be free to select the person they think will best do the job and fit into the organisation. If that's a Swede because the Swede speaks Swedish, and the job is in Sweden with a Swedish speaking workforce, that's fine. Discrimination is when a person is not given a job just because they aren't Swedish. That is already not allowed.

I would want no part in any campaign that forces companies to hire people on the basis of their nationality, and can honestly say hats off, that's the most ridiculous suggestion I have ever seen on this forum.
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Posted on: 18.Mar.2010, 01:04 PM





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What is the Finnish approach?

As for the rest of it, well. I'm from London, we speak English there and we have a lot of foreign residents, always have. Some, those with useful skills, find work. Others don't, and either go home or hang about robbing people. We also have a large scale problem with gangs of professional criminals from foreign countries, who (like any good entrepreneur) prefer to place themselves in a larger market. We have been known to experience the odd bomb from time to time. None of what you suggest is exclusive to Sweden - in fact the key difference I see is that there's much less of it here.

Swedish employers are not obliged to give jobs to immigrants who don't have the necessary skills. Just because you're foreign doesn't mean I have to like you - it certainly doesn't mean I have to give you a job.
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Posted on: 18.Mar.2010, 12:49 PM





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Fiskekrogen is a good one, if very expensive (although not as much so as Sjömagasinet). The best "normal price" restaurant I have found is actually a vegetarian one in Haga called Solrosen, the lasagne is 80 crowns including the excellent salad buffet and rocks the world.

Haven't found anywhere else worth recommending yet, if you stumble on anywhere good do let us know.
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VikingHumpingWitch
Posted on: 18.Mar.2010, 12:11 PM





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But you find me a Swede under 50 who doesn't speak at least reasonable English, and I think it's fair to assume that any Swede who is required to speak business English at work will have a high level of competency in the language. They will also have perfect Swedish. That means they have a higher level of merit than a native English speaker with little or no Swedish. Obviously the Swede's going to get the job.

What are you suggesting that Sweden does here? Employing people who can only speak to half your client base is going to improve trade?
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Posted on: 17.Mar.2010, 01:26 PM





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The thing you perhaps don't realise is that the vast majority of Sweden's trade is with other Nordic countries. Nordic languages are therefore more useful than English, much as we English speakers might find this incomprehensible and impossible to believe.

Sweden's job market is more limited than that of other countries, but it's still a market. If you have the skills needed you will find a job. If you don't, you won't. Same as everywhere else. It just so happens that one of the skills needed is good Swedish. If you don't have good Swedish then you put yourself in a very limited market position, which is fine, but don't then complain about where you've put yourself.

And ya know, anyone can learn Swedish. I have seen small children and people who are very, very stupid speaking fluent Swedish. It might take you longer and require more effort than someone else, but you can do it. There really are no excuses here.
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Posted on: 17.Mar.2010, 10:43 AM





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QUOTE (krigeren @ 28.Feb.2010, 11:36 PM) *
Primarily I want to see immigrants and minorities gaining positions of power within the society based upon their merit.

Erm well isn't that exactly what we have? I know immigrants who have good jobs in Sweden. They all have the merit of speaking good Swedish. If you can't speak good (not just fluent, but good) Swedish and haven't got a job then quite frankly, it's because you're lacking in the necessary merits.

If it's ok for you to hire "blacks and Arabs" ahead of Brits and Americans purely because you think the former have a bit more oomph in them then you really cannot comoplain that Swedish employers favour people who speak the fricking language over those who don't.
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Posted on: 26.Feb.2010, 03:44 PM





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QUOTE (Lt. Gonville Bromhead @ 26.Feb.2010, 02:32 PM) *
These 'Are all Swedes...' threads are boring and embarrassing to read.

Really.

I can't find my UK passport, having stashed it safely away in a now-forgotten place last time I came back from London. Are all English crap at storing important documents?
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Posted on: 26.Feb.2010, 03:42 PM





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Things are looking up a bit for the UK economy:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/fe...owth-revised-up

and the IMF thinks that the government's handling of the economy is the way to go:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/fe...ach-to-spending

Not that I'm any fan of NuLabour cos I'm not, but for a plethora of other reasons.

As to what's the most useless thing you can buy in Sweden with a British pound, I nominate "almost an entire Mars bar from Pressbyrån" (currently 13 SEK, I believe).
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VikingHumpingWitch
Posted on: 26.Feb.2010, 11:23 AM





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Ho hum. I think there's a good case to be made that people who think their own cultural values are the only ones available and/or necessarily correct are insecure and shallow, or perhaps just very very naive and ignorant. Such people are best off staying where they were born.
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Posted on: 25.Feb.2010, 07:41 AM





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All Swedes, 100% of them, are <-----> this shallow and <---------> this insecure.

Sorted.
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Posted on: 25.Feb.2010, 06:51 AM





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QUOTE (The Nine @ 24.Feb.2010, 06:11 PM) *
Well, you are far better placed to comment on that than I am, VH-1. When i lived over your way, I often had cause to be travelling by road to central Europe. I can recall several instances of speaking to colleagues and expressing my reservations about travelling. They just laughed. The next day we would head south to Malmo and, although the fields may be white to the horizon, the roads were salted and clear. Sweden is totally geared up for it and they do a great job of keeping things moving. We Brits just don't experience enough bad snow to make it worth spending lots of money on countering its effect. When it does happen, we just write it off as Force majeure.

Personally, I think Swedes just take the bad weather in their stride and most things run OK.
They love to take the p*** out of the Brits because our trains stop running etc, but we don't see the point in installing millions and millions of pounds worth of counter-measures for something that will pass in a week or so. Just stay home and let it pass.

The probelm with Sweden is that not everyone has a number for a man to come and clear their drive way. Heaven forbid they might actaully do it themselves.

Er, like, maybe, I dunno. I just meant that streets and pubs in London are still busy in winter but in Gothenburg the only people you see out after 7pm any time from October to April are dog walkers.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2010, 12:51 PM





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I've been a dual UK/US citizen for 32 years, you can definitely hold dual nationality for both of those countries.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2010, 11:46 AM





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Surely the biggest difference in behaviour is that English people still go out and live their lives in winter, whereas Swedes stay home and light a lot of candles and har det mysigt.
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Posted on: 23.Feb.2010, 07:41 PM





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You can take Västtraffik buses, you have to take bus 25 from Central Station via Skra Bro and change for bus 36 to the airport. You may also have to check the buses are actually running, as they don't always bother unless somebody calls to say "please run it, I need it." Check at vasttrafik.se.
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Posted on: 18.Feb.2010, 02:42 PM





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I really can't understand why the government hasn't leapt on this. Kronofogden want the marks to be erased once paid, I cannot imagine there's a single person in the land who wouldn't agree with it, surely it's a total vote-winner?
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Posted on: 18.Feb.2010, 02:20 PM





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So Bender, far as I understand it the same happens in Britain, except that you have to have gone to court (I think) and got a County Court Judgement against you before you'll end up with any significant problems from late debt payment. Why is this not so in Sweden, are there laws about it or is it just the way Swedish companies operate?

I'm curious because I saw a report on SVT about this when Kronofogden were asking to remove the 3 year credit upfcukage thing. They interviewed some poor sod who ended up in hospital and as a result missed payments and got black marks which will not be removed even though he was in hospital. I mean FFS! You shouldn't have your credit ruined for getting sick, this is not America.
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Posted on: 18.Feb.2010, 02:17 PM





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Ah, the spirit of the "let's generalise about millions of people based on their passports" threads has not died yet then.

Am I the only thinking re the OP that, ya know, if you weren't so busy criticising him he might have a bit better self-esteem?
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Posted on: 18.Feb.2010, 02:13 PM





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QUOTE (Nemesis @ 18.Feb.2010, 01:46 PM) *
Actually it is a breach of the Lisbon Treaty, which has Human Rights declarations built into it.

If Kronofogen was taken to the European Court of Human Rights or the European Court of Justice, it would definately lose on the basis of unreasonable punishment for the very long periods of times it makes a person suffer and for the continuing black marks on credit ratings, long after the event, quite often in decades.

Whats wrong is Swedish have not got it into there heads that they can take court cases to the European courts, which would change the nature of Swedish law for the better, very quickly.

Ah well, maybe they need one of us helpful immies to do it for them then.
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Posted on: 18.Feb.2010, 12:50 PM





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Interesting thread.

I don't mind Kronofogden's existence, it seems reasonable to me that people should pay their debts (even if Krigeren finds it a barbaric idea as hideously awful as not getting a tax allowance for his lifestyle choices). I can also understand why married couples are jointly liable, married people generally do combine their incomes.

The thing that sucks donkey dong about Kronofogden, which to their credit they also want to change, is the black marks ruining your credit for years after you've paid it off. If you've paid all you owe plus a fine that should be the end of the matter. I'm sure this must breach some kind of EU law about proportional and reasonable punishment.
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