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If there was ever a real-life policeman who came close in progressive Swedish affections to Kurt Wallander, the bestselling creation of Henning Mankell, it would probably be Göran Lindberg, chief of police of Uppsala, the city north of Stockholm that is home to Sweden's most prestigious university. Although he lacked Wallander's humility and reticence, Lindberg was concerned, like Wallander, with the marginalised and neglected in Swedish society. He was the sponsor of a sanctuary for abused...

Swedish anti-racist politicians, watchdog groups and Jewish organisations have expressed anger as self-professed National Socialists prepare for a rally slated to take place on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the country's second-largest city. The Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which anti-racist organisations describe as neo-Nazis, is holding a demonstration on September 30 in Gothenburg, which is located on Sweden's western coast. They have dubbed the event "Revolt against the...

A mosque in the southern Swedish city of Orebro has been completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack, a fire department official said on Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at the site at 2 a.m. local time (0000GMT) but the mosque was completely gutted, according to Orebro fire chief Ulf Jacobsen. No one was injured in the blaze, Jacobsen said, adding that evidence pointed to it being an arson attack.

The Orebro mosque -- which has a capacity for 250 people -- was built in 2007 in the...

Bibikhal Uzbek was 105 years old when she made the journey to the Swedish village of Hova in 2015 from her home in Afghanistan's Kunduz through Iran, Turkey and the Balkans. Weeks from her 107th birthday, she has been told she must go back as the Swedish migration agency has turned down her application for asylum. Their decision means deportation for Uzbek, her son and grandchildren who carried her on their backs during parts of the difficult journey.

"I don't understand, why?" said...

The Swedish Migration Agency rejected the asylum application and ruled for the deportation of a 106-year-old Afghan woman, who is blind, confined to bed and is believed to be the world's oldest refugee. According to the report of Sweden's public radio broadcaster, the agency denied the asylum request of Bibikhal Uzbek, who has been living in the city of Skaraborg in Western Gothland region for a year. Uzbek has the right to appeal the agency's decision, which said that northern Afghanistan's...

A man suspected of having neo-Nazi links has confessed to driving his car into a crowd of rejected Iraqi asylum seekers who were protesting against their deportation in the Swedish city of Malmo. Police have opened a hate crime investigation. The man, 22, whose identity has not been revealed, admitted that he had driven his car into the crowd of asylum seekers, who rallied outside the Swedish Migration Agency office in Malmo on two occasions last weekend. The perpetrator’s car had a Nazi...

Swedish police said Monday they suspected arson in connection with an overnight fire that damaged a Shiite mosque near the capital, Stockholm. The Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Jarfalla, a municipality north-west of Stockholm, said in a post on Facebook that about one-fourth of the building was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze that appeared to have started on one of the outer walls, according to police who have opened an investigation into arson. Fire fighters were quickly at the...

Aye Alhassani, 23, had completed several tests and a group interview before she was invited to an individual interview for the position with the airline. It was during the interview that she was informed SAS has a uniform policy banning the wearing of religious symbols. "At first they were cautious and I don't think the interviewer wanted to be straight about it. But eventually it was clarified that it's not permitted to wear a headscarf according to their policy. I was quite shocked,"...

Unknown assailants hurled stones at a mosque linked to Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) in Sweden's Malmö late Monday. The attack smashed the windows of the mosque situated inside a cultural complex and comes at a time of tension for Muslims in the country.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) about the attack, Harun Alagöz, head of the association running the mosque, said it had been the subject of a defamation campaign by the Swedish media for months. "They exhibited us as...

In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country. Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. The Swedish refer to them as de apatiska, the apathetic. “I think it is a form of protection, this coma they are in,” doctor said. “They are like Snow White. They just fall away from the world.”

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A Turkish union postponed the opening of its office in the Swedish city of Goteborg Saturday after it received death threats from a group of pro-PKK people, a union official told Anadolu Agency.
The Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) had plans to inaugurate its office and hold a discussion on the topic “July 15th and the Presidential System,” but it was unable to proceed because of the threats, Harun Uzel, president of the union's Goteborg office, said.
Uzel said a group...

Unknown attackers pelted stones on a mosque and a linked Turkish cultural center in Stockholm on Sunday, an official at the center told Anadolu Agency.

The Rinkeby Mosque and its affiliated Turkish Culture Center came under attack during early hours of Sunday, the official, who wished to stay anonymous due to security concerns, said.

No casualties were reported since nobody was inside the building when the attack took place; however, windows of the buildings were broken.

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A Swedish asylum center burned down overnight in a suspected attack by arsonists, police said on Friday, the second incident of its kind in a week in the Stockholm region.

Staff alerted police in the early hours of Friday after hearing noises and seeing lights outside the building, Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.

A fire then broke out, he said, adding police had opened an investigation. "Things do not just catch fire outside (a house) for no reason."

Two...

Police and emergency services were called to a Muslim prayer room in Malmo in southern Sweden after a fire had broken out early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters from three different fire stations in the region instantly put the fire out and no one was injured in the incident. The entire building was smoke damaged and police have reported it to be an arson attack.

"Technicians on site have located traces indicating that it's an arson attack," Daniel Jonasson, central command at the...

Almost 7,000 "Islamophobic" tweets were sent, in English, every day in July worldwide, data seen by the BBC suggests.
This compared to 2,500 in April, with peaks recorded following the Nice lorry attack and the attempted military coup in Turkey.
Forty-nine words and hashtags were used as indicators of anti-Islamic tweets, by the think tank Demos.
Twitter said it was "continuing to invest heavily" in preventing abuse.
Demos analysed tweets recorded between March and...