Thursday, October 02, 2008

from the US State Dept.

c. Freedom of Religion in Sweden

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respected this right in practice. The Government did not prohibit the practice or teaching of any faith. There is no state church.

Citizens are tolerant of diverse religions practiced in the country; however, the numbers of reported anti-Semitic crimes and tendencies have increased over the past several years. There is also a very small, but sporadically active, fascist and neo-Nazi movement. In April, there was an attempted arson at the purification room of the Jewish cemetery in Malmo.

The Government continued to take steps to combat anti-Semitism by increasing awareness of Nazi crimes and the Holocaust. [Sooooo, the government thinks that Germans or skinheads are the big problem with anti-semitic attacks in Malmo? Or do they just want everyone to think they think that?]

Since 2001, threats against the Muslim community have increased. In April, the Islamic school and large parts of the Islamic Center in Malmo were destroyed in a fire that police later determined was arson; the police investigation continued at year's end.

Multiculturalism in practice. Works great huh?

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