Swedish Cultural Symbols Targeted by AttackersWhen a volcano is about to erupt, it will give out small warning signs some time in advance. Immediately before the eruption, these signs will be obvious to everybody, but even before that you can get some indication of what's going on, if you know what to look for. That's a bit how I feel like, watching the developments in Sweden. Two weeks ago in Malmö, the Scandinavian city with the highest percentage of Muslim immigrants, attackers vandalized graves in one of the city's churchyards. (see photo) They only seemed to be interested in the crosses. This week, two important buildings and tourist attractions were destroyed by fire. Somebody also tried to set fire to an old church in the area. Is somebody deliberately targeting Swedish national and cultural symbols? Who would want to do that? Anybody we know?
Fire destroys Astrid Lindgren attraction
Two of Vimmerby's most popular tourist attractions burned down in the small hours of Friday morning: Emil i Lönneberga's carpenter shed in "Katthult" and Ösjöfors paper factory. Rescue services leader Tommy Lindström said he is concerned that there is a link between the two fires. "I can't see any natural explanation as to why two such famous tourist attractions in one area should catch fire within such a short space of time," he said.
Top tourist attractions burn up
Swedes lost two of their most beloved tourist attractions on last weekend, as a fire razed two historical buildings in the southern Swedish village of Vimmerby. The birth village of Sweden’s most celebrated children’s author, Astrid Lindgren, suffered the loss of both ‘Emil in Lönneberga’s’ carpenter shed in ‘Katthult’ and Sweden’s oldest paper factory at Ösjöfors. The same night, someone tried to set an old church in the area on fire and to damage the Astrid Lindgren museum at Näs. P-O Jansson, police spokesman in Kalmar, said it was not clear in what order the fires were lit. ‘But anyone can assume that there is a link between those fires and that they were set on purpose,’ he told daily newspaper Sydsvenskan. Rescue services were first called to the handmade paper factory, but found the 230-year-old two-storey building consumed by flames and had to watch it burn down. In the middle of the rescue operations, there was an alarm from the Gibberyd estate in Rumskulla, where Lindgren’s popular children’s book Emil in Lönneberga was filmed in the beginning of the 1970s. ‘Part of the rescue team were sent there from Ösjöfors,’ said rescue services leader Tommy Lindström. ‘But we couldn’t save either the carpenter shed or the nearby outbuilding. The main building and the barn were not in danger.’
The numbers showing little opposition to immigration are heavily manipulated, for political reasons. Notice that native Swedes are supposed to be "integrated" into their own country:
Make Swedes mentors for immigrants - minister
A fifth of the Swedish public would consider being a mentor for newly arrived immigrants, according to a report from the Swedish Integration Board. Now, Minister of Equality and Integration Jens Orback says he wants to harness this enthusiasm to boost integration. "For me, this is about a reciprocal mentorship, where native Swedes should also be integrated in the new Sweden, and not just the opposite," wrote Orback on Svenska Dagbladet's debate page, Brännpunkt. In the Swedish Integration Board's report, The Integration Barometer 2004, which was presented on Thursday, it also emerged that more than half of the Swedish population is ready to contribute to helping immigrants establish themselves in society. Just 14% of Swedes say they feel negative about immigration. According to Jens Orback, that is the lowest in Europe, with 50% of Danes and 59% of Finns saying they are opposed to immigration.