The Sinking of MS Estonia: The Swedish Radical Right’s Favorite Conspiracy

January 14, 2020

On the night of September 27-28, 1994, the ferry MS Estonia, carrying 989 passengers between Tallinn and Stockholm, sank in the Baltic Sea, hit by hard weather and winds measuring 9 on the Beaufort scale, which caused enormous waves. A mayday call was released shortly after midnight, but when the...

American Liberals, Beware of Your Enchantment With Sweden

August 02, 2019

For most Western Europeans, Sweden is nothing exceptional — a relatively small country, in terms of population, on the periphery of the continent. In the 1960s and 70s, Sweden was notorious for its sexual permissiveness. In Germany, for instance, in the 1970s, “erotic” movies had instant...

How the Swedish Radical Right Hijacked Human Rights

May 16, 2019

It can be difficult to separate the alleged watchdogs of freedom from the bloodhounds of the populist radical-right discourse.  On June 6, 2017, Sweden’s national holiday, charges were filed with the Swedish international prosecution office against “a number of individuals in key positions...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Discontent” Continues with Sweden Democrats

September 11, 2018

Sweden’s summer of discontent presages an ill wind for Europe this fall and beyond. The election in Sweden on September 9 confirmed the trend throughout Europe of increasing numbers of voters ready to support populist, xenophobic, nationalistic, extreme right-wing parties. One Swedish...