Sweden 

Sweden (doesn’t) decide

Sweden voted in its four-yearly general election on Sunday. We were able to vote in the local and county elections but not yet the national as our citizenship application has not yet been processed. The big question was how big would the nationalists (Sweden Democrats) share of the vote be? And the answer was bigger than before. So despite the fact that 83% of the Swedish electorate did NOT vote for them the focus was still on the 17% that do. That would make them the second-biggest party. So what…

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Sweden 

Swedish elections

On September the 9th Swedes will vote in the general election. During July most of them will be on holiday, which means parties are campaigning now and will go full speed in the month leading up to the election. Some wonder is Sweden about to have its Trump moment? They wonder this because of the sustained success of the right-wing Sweden Democratic Party. In 2002 they received around 1% of the vote but by 2014 at the last election it was 12.9% and they’re currently polling around 20%. Welfare, education,…

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The Curiosity Index (09.03.2018)

You Don’t Have to Give Your Kid a Phone Someone, somewhere will probably call that parenting choice an infringement of human rights. At the same time adults everywhere are trying to figure out How To Power Down In A Wired World.  God answers prayer for Burundi A really lovely story from one of the poorest nations on earth. In Sweden, Noor went straight to school; in Britain, Ammar waited six months I recently read some prayer requests from 10 different nations in Europe and the majority of them mentioned migration. The Economist…

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The Curiosity Index (16.01.2018)

How Early Christians Managed to Offend Just about Everybody A good post here from Michael Kruger and a key lesson for today’s church. Why Norwegians Aren’t Moving to the U.S. I’m not quite sure why President Trump thinks Sweden is going to hell but Norway is so great but there you go. Anyway Norway seems to be doing OK. Renewables are about to become our cheapest form of energy “2018 will finally mark a shift in our use of global energy. [This] year will see onshore wind and solar energy…

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Religion in Europe: it’s complicated

Since moving to Sweden over six years ago, I’ve taken a far closer interest in trying to understand Europe and stay alert to trends, developments and so on. It’s not easy, Europe is a complicated place. Even knowing the borders of Europe is not always as easy as you think. West, south and north are relatively straightforward with the Atlantic (though what about Iceland? It’s culturally European but closer to Greenland which is North America), the Arctic and the Mediterranean providing clear boundaries but the east….well the east is a…

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The year of the migrant

I just want to recommend that any reader interested in the issue of migration should take 20 minutes to read the last issue of Vista from Redcliffe College, UK. As they say here, “The figures speak for themselves: 920,000 arriving by sea, and a further 34,000 coming by land. This compares with a total of 214,000 by land and sea in 2014. (figures from International Office of Migration). This issue of Vista tries to capture something of what happened, with stories from all stages of the journey, from arrival in Europe…

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Immigration: Ten observations

I’ve been doing some long-hard thinking about immigration recently. I’ve argued here and here that Europe is doing the right thing in letting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq in. After all Syria is home to a world-conflict (as in lots of countries are fighting or sponsoring fighting there) and is a nation of killing. 2015 was unquestionably the year of the migrant. It was the year-long story. Then came Paris and Cologne and it felt different. Sweden hit the wall, closed it’s borders, talked of deporting half of the…

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Don’t shut the door: receive the refugee

View image | gettyimages.com The flow of refugees into Europe continues, partly as a result of the ongoing war, the fear that more doors into Europe will shut and the oncoming winter which will make the journey much harder and the sea journey nearly impossible. As a result, some are finding increasingly inventive ways of entering Europe in search of a normal life, which as one man from Kabul put it is a place without “bomb explosions.” Which sounds reasonable enough.

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