There are a few pieces here that should reveal a lot about some of the best and less than best features of Swedish culture. I’ll let you decide which is which.
A priest in the Svenska Kyrkan (Church of Sweden) had their orders revoked just before Christmas for, earlier in the year, telling a confirmation group that homosexual relationships go against the Bible.
As Daniel Ringdahl (in Swedish) points out in the Church of Sweden you can be an archbishop even if you question the Virgin Birth and you won’t be reprimanded if you question the need for a reconciling sacrifice but questioning LGBT gets you the sack.
Here’s a long-ish and very niche piece: The Scandinavian Christian Music Industry and Transatlantic Pentecostalism.
The law of Jante isn’t a real law but it’s one of those unspoken ones that explain how things work. In Sweden, standing out and being special is not always something to be celebrated. Evidence A: Lunch lady slammed for food that is ‘too good’. And the key sentence:
“The municipality has ordered Eriksson to bring it down a notch since other schools do not receive the same calibre of food – and that is “unfair”.”
At it’s best it’s meant to promote equality but at it’s worst it pulls everyone down to the level of general mediocrity. Individualism is highly prized in Sweden but everyone dresses the same. This has some implications for education…
It really isn’t. It’s a very capitalist place. I was once told the national sport is played between the government and the people. The government does it’s best to tax you of all your money and the people do their best to avoid paying most of it.
And that is leading to a rise in violent crime and in what seems a peculiarly Swedish thing: hand grenades.
“…in 1990 non-European immigrants accounted for only 3% of the population and any problems could be isolated and managed within the bigger framework of society. That figure has increased to some 13-14% now, and is growing at perhaps 1-2 percentage points from last year, with persistent gaps in income, unemployment and education.”
You don’t change the demographic makeup of a country by 10% points in a generation and not experience some bumps.
And integration is a challenge: “Research shows that the tipping point for [white] flight to occur is very low: after 4% of non-European immigrants the native Swedes start to move out.”
“Sweden has the best re-employment rates in the developed world – about 90% of laid-off workers are back in work within a year, according to the OECD.”
“The Scandinavian nation of Sweden has a long history of acting as diplomatic intermediary in the isolated dictatorship – a so-called “protecting power” for several Western nations.”
It also has some interesting history.