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Why Swedish cartoon hero Bamse appeared in a US Senate report

Bamse (left) made an unlikely appearance in a US Senate paper. Photo: Bamse/Egmont & John Minchillo/AP

Published: 12.Jan.2018 12:16 hrs

One of Sweden's most popular cartoon characters for over 50 years, Bamse the bear has now made perhaps his most unlikely appearance ever – in a US Senate report on Vladimir Putin’s "assault on democracy".

The 200 page long report, produced by the staff of Democrat Senator Ben Cardin for the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, details what Cardin calls a "relentless assault to undermine democracy and the rule of law in Europe and the United States" from Putin’s government.

It also looks at European countermeasures to Russian interference, which is where Bamse comes in. On page 111, the report turns its attention towards Swedish efforts to raise awareness about and counteract unreliable news stories, noting that the Nordic nation has introduced teaching in its primary schools on digital competence "including how to differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources".

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