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'When a US president speaks about Sweden, the fallout can last a long time'

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Published: 12.Jan.2018 16:55 hrs

In an extract from his new book Good Sweden, Bad Sweden, The Local's Paul Rapacioli explains how Donald Trump wasn't the first US president to malign Sweden.

Most people don't know much about Sweden. But what they think they know is extraordinarily positive. This one-dimensional 'Good Sweden' reputation, constructed around qualities such as technological prowess, democratic design and concern for the environment has been a great help to Swedish trade and tourism and diplomacy in the last fifty years.

Now that reputation is being challenged by an alternative story about Sweden. It is a negative tale of collapse and crisis rooted in Sweden's decision to allow large numbers of immigrants to settle in the country in recent years. The 'Bad Sweden' story is based on the undeniable fact of challenges in a fast-changing Swedish society but it only works when it is stripped of context or injected with a serum of falsehood and exaggeration.

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