Sweden: Swedish model under attack
13 December 2010
"Increased surveillance," headlines Svenska Dagbladet, in the wake of the 11 December bomb attack in central Stockholm, which resulted in one casualty – the suspected kamikaze. "It is not the first time that the country has been a target for political violence," notes the daily. Sweden, which has had "a prime minister and a minister of foreign affairs assassinated, has been attacked by a long list of extremists with all kinds of convictions." However, Svenska Dagbladet points out that until now, "we have never seen violent acts designed to wreak carnage among Christmas shoppers." While investigators focus on the personality of the bomber, a 28-year-old Iraqi who studied at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK, Dagens Nyheter notes that Swedish authorities have reiterated appeals for calm and tolerance. On this topic, Svenska Dagbladet recalls the determined response in the aftermath of the July 2005 bombings in London, and urges the Swedish population "not to give in to the temptation of Islamophobia."