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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 ...

A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant.

University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the Afghan, refusing to sit down unless he was taken off the plane.

The migrant in question was not on the flight after all, but another Afghan was onboard for deportation after serving a prison sentence.

Since the protest in July 2018, both Afghans have been expelled from Sweden...

The Swedish Athletics Federation dismissed the chairman of the country's Swimming Federation after she made Islamophobic and xenophobic remarks against wearing a headscarf, Sweden's national broadcaster announced on Feb. 14.

The Athletics Federation made the decision to remove Ulla Gustavsson from the office due to her discriminatory remarks during a meeting held Thursday, SVT said. The federation emphasized that it would not discriminate and would not allow discrimination against any...

A Swedish teen has been exposed to numerous heavy threats and insults over the past seven months after her conversion to Islam.

Ronja Andersson, the goalkeeper of Sweden U19 Women National Team, appeared on a TV show called Troll Hunter on Monday night.

During the show was identified a person who sent Andersson’s house a hate letter. The identified person also attended the show to apologize to Andersson.

On her story of becoming a Muslim on the show, Andersson, 19, said...

The Swedish student who livestreamed her onboard protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker will go on trial.

Elin Ersson will appear at Gothenburg District Court, charged with violating Sweden’s Aviation Act.

Ersson protested in July last year against the Swedish government's policy of deporting some rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan by boarding an Istanbul-bound flight that carried an Afghan man who was to be returned home after being denied asylum.

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A far-right politician in southwest Stockholm has been slapped with 40 days in prison over insult on Islam and Muslims on social media, local media reported on Wednesday.

The politician in Sodertalje city from the far-right Swedish Democrats Party, which is known for its anti-migrant stance, had shared a Facebook post that read “All Muslims are terrorists,”, according to the Expo newspaper.

A case was filed against the politician, whose name was not provided, on the grounds...

An unknown person shot at a Malmö mosque at midnight on New Year's Eve, while around five people were inside the building.

No-one was hurt by the shooting, which was not discovered until the following day when a bullet hole was spotted in one of the prayer room's windows.

"[The people in the room] didn't notice the shot because there were fireworks and noise all around. But one of them noticed a slightly different sound, and afterwards he discovered that the windowpane was...

Swedish national broadcaster SVT has warned that immigrating to Scandinavia is not only peace and joy but can lead to serious health problems.

The trademark frigid darkness of the Nordic climate can be dangerous for "dark-skinned" people, especially for women who choose to wear all-covering clothing for religious reasons, national broadcaster SVT informed its viewers.

According to SVT, the Swedish weather may prove particularly difficult to suffer for those hailing from the...