Stockholm in Spring
26th September, 2014
A city trip to Stockholm is an excellent idea. The city is widely spread out over fourteen islands, on which 1.4 million inhabitants live. There is plenty of space. The roads are in good condition and the traffic is reduced through the congestion charge. Public transportation is very well organized. The metro network is vast. There are a lot of bikes, and you see people walking - Nordic walking - everywhere and at all times of the day.
We were there in May and during the first half of our stay it was still quite chilly, so this makes it all the more sensible to walk in this active way. But there were plenty of tulips all over the city. As soon as the temperature becomes milder, you can enjoy the vast parks and sip coffee on a boat for instance.
There are no less than eighty museums! We visited quite a few, as many as we could, until we were exhausted. In the King's palace alone, there are four museums. The campaign in preparation of the european elections was in full swing, there were posters everywhere, and I had a long discussion with a politician running for the European Parliament, who wanted to return more power to the Swedes themselves.
When we heard a lot of Muslim immigrants, political refugees etc, were living concentrated in one or two remote parts of town, and we heard negative stories about them, we got curious and wanted to see what those places were like with our own eyes. So we took the metro North and visited those two parts of town. We saw social blocks built in the nineteen sixties to seventies in good condition, an empty library. An Indian gentleman running a snack bar welcomed us warmly and offered us tea for free. We saw Black African ladies in niquab cleaning the streets. Groups of Somalian men chatting on a square. We had been told they didn't speak Swedish over there. We saw a class of young kids, all of them were black, while in the centre of Stockholm, all the schoolchildren where white with blonde hair. So we wondered: is there a kind of apartheid in Sweden?
A man working in the hostel were we stayed, told us about incidents and the uncomfortable relation between certain groups of immigrants, and the Swedish population. Since he was the night guard and I happened to be sleepless sometimes and get up to read or write on the computer, we talked a lot. Erik told me he had Belgian ancestors who had been attracted to Sweden to work in the mines. While talking to him, I could actually distinguish some "Belgian" features" in the way he looked, differentiating him from other Swedes.
Months later, by the beginning of this September, I learned about an ugly trend in Stockholm. I read that hundreds of young Swedish women and girls have been raped, sometimes gang-raped by Muslim immigrants from places like Somalia. So this is analogous to what happened in Rutherford in the UK. In Sweden also, social workers were intimidated and afraid to be accused to bring out the truth, fearful of being labelled "racist" or "islamophobic".
But while Muslim men are so obviously treating non-Muslim, Christian women with contempt, violence and racism, and this is happening across Europe, should society on the whole not stop being hypocritical and acting like a coward, but instead defend our population, our women and girls from these vile people? I think so!