It is supposed to be the model multicultural state. But Sweden is facing problems of its own after gangs of immigrants spent a fifth consecutive night rioting in Stockholm.
Officers are battling to keep the capital under control after hundreds of cars were torched, a police station set alight and fire services kept from a major blaze by a stone-throwing mob of youths.
To make matters worse, rioting has now spread to Sweden’s two other major cities, Gothenburg and Malmo.
Doesn't sound very paradise-like, does it?
Lars Bystrom, a Stockholm police spokesman, said: ‘Such fires are mainly lit to lure the police to the scene, who are then attacked.’
He admitted officers have been forced to change their tactics, saying: ‘Now if there is a small fire that is not likely to spread, and there is no risk to life, we will send out a patrol and keep an eye on it from a distance.
‘But we are not going to bring in the fire brigade unless it’s really dangerous.’
Hmmm... sounds kind of like what the 'disaffected north-African youths' were doing in France, doesn't it?
Several public transport routes have also been cancelled after rioters started hurling petrol bombs at buses.
That's trying to kill people, and in a pretty nasty way.
Government leaders have struggled to explain or control the outbreak of violence, but the anti-immigrant, nationalist Sweden Democrats have soared to third place in the polls.
The party’s rise reflects the concerns of many native-born Swedes that their country is rapidly changing for the worse.
Well, the Swedish government has basically told the people 'the immigrants have more rights than you', punished people for speech that might upset someone, ignored or minimized serious crime problems; now the 'anti-immigrant, nationalist' party is moving up in popularity. And I'll bet the upper reaches of government are more worried about that than they are about the violence.
‘We have groups of young men who believe that you can and should use violence to change society. Let us be clear. This is not okay. We cannot be governed by violence.’
Hey, they've been getting away with it, with you making excuses for them; why would they think that would change?
It's bad now; this is likely to turn really nasty in the near future.