Sweden is too generous for its own good as the country most beloved by Bernie Sanders is pressured by huge migrant flows. As Bloomberg reports, when it comes to wealth, health and hospitality, Sweden has few rivals. But the same qualities that make the country a beacon of hope for the world’s huddled masses are straining it at the seams.
To see how close to the limit a record inflow of refugees is pushing Swedish generosity, visit Halmstad, a 14th century gateway to the North Sea known for its pristine beaches and golf courses. With no vacant apartments, the welcome wagon here is a double row of shabby, stifling trailers hauled in to house the overflow from the nearby Arena Hotel. There, almost 400 asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and beyond live four to a room, all but forbidden from working until their claims are adjudicated. The process can take years. Continue reading
Sweden said Friday it had evidence that a mini submarine entered its waters in October, triggering a week-long hunt with echoes of Cold War stand-offs fuelled by speculation of a Russian incursion.
“The Swedish defence forces can confirm that a mini submarine violated Swedish territory. This is a serious and unacceptable violation by a foreign power,” the supreme commander of the Swedish armed forces, General Sverker Goeranson, told reporters.
He added that it was impossible to confirm the vessel’s nationality. Continue reading
Swedish authorities have asked all civilian vessels to leave waters south of Stockholm as a major operation continues to try to track down a mystery foreign vessel.
In scenes reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish ships and helicopters scoured the area in a hunt for what some observers think could be a Russian submarine.
Russia denies it has a vessel in the area.
Russia’s official government newspaper said either Sweden’s echo location equipment was faulty or “as the old saying goes, the eyes of fear see danger everywhere”. Continue reading