I guess you heard what have happened in Sweden today. If not you can read about it here: Three dead after sword attack in school, Expressen 22 oktober 2015 I don’t blame migrants nor do I blame Swedes either. All I want to tell in this ingress is that Sweden isn’t a Heaven on Earth where everything is safe nor is every Swede healthy, having money enough to buy needed medicine or having a home of his/her own. Sweden is like many other countries – but Sweden is an old country with old culture and contacts mentioned in ancient writings by Greek and Arabic speaking Historians and Fathers of the Church as well as by Geographs from Asia Minor more than 1200-1700 years ago.
Here in Sweden there are laws that goes back to days before we had learnt to write more than runes. Svensk Landslag, Sweden’s first Constition, was written in 1350 AD by King Magnus Eriksson. Earlier we had what we call Landskapslagar, District laws. Some laws today have roots back before Christianity was accepted in all parts of Sweden.
Swedes, not only me, expect people coming here as guests where they hope to stay or not to RESPECT us and OUR LAWS. Same as we expect our fellow countrymen to do.
We are more conservative than most. If you look into someone’s eyes you may nod, but it’s rude to say Hello to strangers if you aren’t looking into their eyes. If you are visiting a café or a restaurant you better understand that Swedes expect that everyone respect their privacy. In other words: It’s rude to sit down at a table where other person or persons are sitting dining. That is, IF you don’t know them you might ask if you are allowed IF there aren’t any free tables or IF you know a person sitting there.
There are a lot of unwritten rules that I can’t write down you will have to learn one by one. Sweden is as I written before a long country from south to north. Not all rules are the same in countryside as in towns and not every word said means the same in all parts of Sweden. We have local as well as national idioms. We have old own traditions as well as traditions we have learnt from elsewhere but changed more or less depending on many different circumstances. But above all remember Sweden is a cold country in wintertime, windy in Spring and Autumn and sometimes summer is as rainy as it is during Springtime and Autumn.
Today two Swedish Ministers spoke out: Dagens situation är inte hållbar i längden. Det säger migrationsminister Morgan Johansson och finansminister Magdalena Andersson angående Migrationsverkets nya flyktingprognos.Regeringen om Migrationsverkets prognos, SvT 22 oktober 2015 English text: Today’s situation is not sustainable in the long run. It says migration minister Morgan Johansson, and Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson regarding the Migration Board’s new refugee forecast