Often held up as an example for the United States, the so-called Nordic Model has taken a recent hit. For the uninitiated, the Nordic model is an economic system where there is a highly unionized workforce, private business ownership, and substantial social safety nets. Not quite classical socialism and not quite classical capitalism, some candidates like Bernie Sanders often hold this up as a model for this country.
More importantly is the effect, despite its popularity or success, immigration has had on the Nordic Model and, specifically, its effects in Sweden. The Nordic countries are, by-and-large, mainly Lutheran. Lutheranism promotes the idea of a nationwide community of believers and encourages state involvement in economic and social life. There are nationwide welfare solidarity and economic cooperation. To summarize it in economic terms, it embraces globalization and sharing risks.
It would come as no surprise that these beliefs would seep into the immigration debate that is currently raging in Europe. In 2015, Sweden welcomed 160,000 refugees into the country. Among European nations, that is the highest per capita rate of any country. Muslims currently make up 8.1% of Sweden’s population and their numbers have since surpassed those of another ethnic group- Finnish-Swedes- by a 2:1 margin. Coupled with the low birth rate of ethnic Swedes and the increased birth rate of Muslim immigrants, their percentage of the population is only expected to increase.
When they let in 160,000 Middle Eastern refugees into the country in 2015- the vast majority of them Muslim- their Foreign Minister at the time, Margot Wallstrom, described Sweden as a “humanitarian superpower.” In January, the Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin said, “The fact is that we give the rest of the democratic world hope.”
It should come as a surprise to us in the inhuman and hopeless United States that recently Sweden was rocked by three grenade attacks. One target, a Syrian Orthodox Church, had been targeted by grenades twice in the past year. And grenade attacks seem to be unique to Sweden. Traced to the former Yugoslavia, they sell for about $100. To put this in perspective, only three grenades were used in Kosovo is one two-year period but more than 20 have been used in Sweden every year since 2015.
Likewise, since 2015 the violent crime rate has been trending upward after years of decline dating back to 2002. Rapes and sexual assaults have tripled in the last four years. All these crime statistics dates directly back to 2015, the year Sweden became a humanitarian superpower and started to give the democratic world hope.
More importantly, we must ask what Sweden is doing about the rising crime rate in this model of virtue? The answer is simple: launch a public relations campaign to downplay the rising violence. In 2017 after a grenade was tossed into the police station in Katrineholm, the government warned against “simplistic” explanations that blamed immigrants. Those rising rape and sexual assault rates are due to a reinterpretation of the words “rape” and “sexual assault” for statistical purposes. In other words, “Ignore those sexual assaults and rape; it’s just a statistical thing.”
In 2018, there were over 300 shootings and 45 reported deaths in Sweden. The government dismissed a key fact: over 90% of those arrested for shooting and/or killing someone were first or second-generation immigrants. The Swedish Defense University has stated that the government is ill-equipped to deal with the rising number of parallel immigrant communities forming in Sweden.
Swedish police have identified over 50 “vulnerable communities-” a euphemism for “no-go zones.” Quick to show police cars and vans in these “vulnerable communities,” they have adopted a counter-argument- they are “Go-go zones.” The government seems more content to project an image that Sweden is the land of social cohesion and IKEA. Swedish taxpayers fund the Swedish Institute to the tune of $50 million a year. Their job is to project a positive image of Sweden around the world. Downplaying the crime wave gripping the country, they have banned over 14,000 journalists, activists, and politicians because they dared ask tough questions.
Meanwhile, with postmen, police, and firefighters refusing to go into many “vulnerable communities,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has denied the existence of no-go zones. It was the Stockholm Police Chief Erik Akerlund who coined the phrase “G0-go zone.” Less than a week later, a grenade ripped the facade off an apartment building. Another “Go-go” zone was created.
Areas characterized by bombings, shootings, rape, and sexual assaults which create an atmosphere where police have to escort fire trucks and ambulances are not “vulnerable;” they are no-go zones. Countries, where there are over 25 grenade attacks every year, are indicative of countries at war; not giving hope to the democratic world. And one would think that a humanitarian superpower would, at a minimum, protect their citizens- native and immigrant- from grenade attacks.
Sweden suffers not an image problem. They suffer a crime problem. Specifically, they suffer a crime problem whose perpetrators are Muslim refugees.