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During last week's Friday prayer, a letter with serious threats arrived at the Islamic Cultural Association in Trollhättan. 

The letters stated, among other things, that "your children will die", "leave Sweden now" and "there will be murder in mosques and outer areas in 26 days", which P4 West also reported.

Shadi Mansor is active in the association, he says that the letter came as a shock to him and the other members of the board.

I scared. The threats are real and I...

For at least two decades, the UN Security Council has recognized the growing prevalence of gender-based violence in conflict, including rape, child marriage, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation/cutting. But such violence too often remains unchecked for women worldwide.

Occasional nods to gender parity on the part of international institutions have proved inadequate in addressing these issues to date. Despite the unanimous adoption of a gender lens via UN Security Council...

Far-right groups in Sweden are spewing hatred online by asking people to set mosques on fire and slaughter Muslims, according to a report by Expo magazine.

The magazine managed to document the correspondence of 11 different closed groups used by far right groups which were followed by 44,000 people -- and even included comments by members of the Sweden Democrats party known for its anti-migration rhetoric.

According to the report, the main target of the group was Muslims...

Former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was branded “Judas” in graffiti sprayed on a building he owns in Stockholm on Wednesday night following the announcement he had bought a stake in Stockholm club Hammarby.

The entrance to a building owned by the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic was vandalised, police said on Thursday, and Swedish media showed pictures of a gate sprayed with the word “Judas”.

Media reported on Wednesday that Ibrahimovic had acquired a stake in Hammarby, prompting...

A Swedish TV show for children, "Lilla Aktuellt," that airs on the country's state channel released an episode on Oct. 15 on Turkey's Operation Peace Spring. The show's premise is to present events and affairs in a child-friendly manner, however, it was used as a propaganda tool to spread anti-Turkish sentiment and has led to discrimination against children belonging to the Turkish community.

Around 10 minutes of the show on Operation Peace Spring portrayed the Turks as conducting an...

Sweden's Centre Party voted in favour of banning circumcision (omskärelse) of boys in the absence of a medical reason, during the party's annual meeting in Karlstad at the weekend.

The main purpose of the meeting was to vote on the party's official stance in several social issues, including whether to remove restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men (this proposal was rejected) and whether to introduce legal recognition of a third gender (this proposal was accepted)....

Europol, the European police agency, issued a “Strategic Report” earlier Tuesday, saying that right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states. The confidential report, cited by German media, says that the extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members. The report noted that extremist groups are getting “increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics.”

EU police agency Europol warned of growing far-right violence...

Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...

In September 2013, Sweden was the first country in the world to open its arms fully to those fleeing the country's brutal civil war, with the agency ruling that all Syrians arriving in Sweden would be eligible for permanent residency. 

But on August 29, the agency announced in a press release that it was bringing the policy to an end. 

"We had a very special situation in Syria and a special assessment which essentially meant that everyone was able to get a residency permit due...

Turkish restaurant in the Swedish city of Gothenburg was targeted in an attack, reports said Saturday.

The attack, carried out with an improvised explosive device (IED) took place at 2 a.m. on Saturday, restaurant owner Ismail Yücel told the Anadolu Agency.

Yücel said he learned about the attack after a restaurant worker who lives near the area heard about an explosion and called him.

"When we arrived at the restaurant police had cordoned off the area and were carrying...

A Muslim prayer room in a hospital in Sweden's Gothenberg city has been targeted in an Islamophobic attack, reports said Saturday.

The attack took place in Mölndal Hospital, where the perpetrator(s) ripped the Holy Qur'an and spilled drinks on the carpets, a statement by the Gothenberg Mosque Association said.

"Muslims feel offended and hurt in the aftermath of this attack," the statement read, adding that the prayer room allowed Muslims receiving medical treatment at the...

The populist measure is part of a new 'integration plan' for the town of Staffanstorp, roughly 20km outside Malmö, which has been drawn up for by the centre-right Moderate Party and the populist Sweden Democrats.

"The headscarf is a symbol that women are not available. It's a sexualisation of women and it's unreasonable to do that to young  girls," Christian Sonesson, the town's Moderate Party mayor, told the local Sydvenskan newspaper.  "I have nothing against adult women wearing...

The ad features an apparently Muslim immigrant couple complaining about the weather in the Scandinavian country and using a derogatory racial epithet for "Swedes".

The Swedish Transport Administration has launched an information campaign in Arabic about the process of getting a driver's license in Sweden.

The campaign is called "Yalla Driver's License" using the Arabic expression Yalla usually translated as "come on" or "hurry up" and features star blogger and influencer...

A racist message urging followers to like the post for a "dead Muslim" was posted from Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party's Twitter account, which got hacked on Monday, a statement by the party said.

A shocking message reading "One like = one dead Muslim" was posted from the ruling party's account, which was hacked at 2.00 a.m. local time (0000GMT).

The party took a hold of the control of the account at 9:30 a.m. local time (0700GMT), the statement said.

The hackers...

During World War II, about 200 Swedes joined Hitler's troops and fought for Nazi Germany. Those alive still receive war pensions from the German state.

In total, there are 15 recipients of the so-called "Hitler pension" in Sweden, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported.

The recipients are aged between 82 and 101 years. Six of those are Swedish citizens and three of them are widows of Nazi war veterans, who inherited the pension when their husbands passed away. Dagens Nyheter ...