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We will never surrender! has a pretty famous history. The obvious advantage of such a policy is that it makes invasion less likely. Let's assume that Russia invades Sweden. A natural step would be to kill politicians until they find one that is willing to say that people should not resist and should instead return to their homes. So plans that Russia ...


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As is noted in a comment on that question, the pamphlet is an updated version of "If the war comes", a similar pamphlet that was released from 1943 to 1991. With the end of the cold war it was for the time deemed outdated. So the real question here is why they decided to update and release it again. MSB (The department of societal protection and ...


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The reason for Sweden's rather hands-off approach compared to other European countries was summed up rather well by lead epidemiologist of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, Anders Tegnell, who said in an interview with CNBC: My view is that basically all European countries are trying to do the same thing — we’re trying to slow down the spread as much ...


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Ever heard of the term, "price of occupation"? Yugoslavia had a policy that no one, not even Marshal and president for life Josip Broz Tito, could declare surrender in the event of an invasion. It was also decided that a total war would be waged on the occupation forces, with everyone in a country contributing as best they could. Even if the government ...


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Public Opinion/Morale. The nice thing about this kind of declarations is that they are not binding. Today Swedish politicians can say "Never Surrender!" and tomorrow surrender after the first shot is fired1. So, since it is free(both in cost and in not tying future decisions), it makes for good grandstanding. Compare with "Well, if the enemy ...


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There are of course general concerns regarding prostitution, like trafficking and bad social implications, different countries has reached different conclusions here. The thing with Sweden is that we have a strong culture, at least in regards of media, to search for injustices and oppression. Strongly connected to this is the common view that women in ...


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The Wikipedia article Feminist views on prostitution summarizes the position of those who are opposed to prostitution as follows: Anti-prostitution feminists hold that prostitution is a form of exploitation of women and male dominance over women, and a practice which is the result of the existing patriarchal societal order. These feminists argue that ...


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False information Speaking as the target audience for this pamphlet, I think that the answers so far are much too complicated, almost moving into conspiracy theory territory, and I will offer a more immediate explanation. This message is simply there as a protection and warning against the enemy spreading false information. It is relatively easy to spread ...


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This Forbes article sheds some light upon the Sweden's strange response to COVID-19: There seems to be no agreed action plan: The crux of the argument put forth by Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist, and other leaders is essentially that nobody really knows what approach works best for a virus like this, and that the difference in outcomes ...


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The question presupposes that Assange fears extradition. There's an alternative narrative that is more compatible with the facts at hand. Assange's role in politics is not a role of power, but of persuasion. This is a inherently a soft power. This power is not measured in tanks, but in the attitude of the world versus Assange. Assange faces a real and ...


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@Diasiare's answer is good, but I would like to complete it with some cultural background. Sweden has been at peace for more than 200 years. There is little memory left of what a crisis situation looks like and how individuals should handle it. Many Swedes do they groceries day by day, or week by week and don't stockpile much more food than needed for the ...


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I will reference the United Kingdom in my answer, which uses the principle of parliamentary sovereignty. In the United Kingdom, the role of the judiciary is not to determine whether a law is valid. Their role is to resolve disputes between parties, and to attempt to interpret what Parliament's intent was when passing a particular law. If Parliament feels ...


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1) Pre-empt false information Russian use of disinformation The Russian government is the most probable aggressor that Sweden may be considering at the moment, and the Russians have spread disinformation/lies extensively in recent years against Ukraine (Reuters, Washington Post, Univ. of Washington, FPRI), during their recent military invasions of Crimea and ...


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The issue is far more complex than a simple historical rate comparison. You can find a summary of several reports here, and can access the reports by clicking the relevant links. In short, most crimes in Sweden (~60% of them) are committed by suspects born of 2 Swedish parents. However, immigrant males are more likely to be investigated (and possibly ...


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Briefly: Yes, you can change the ballot to a different party in the booth. In Sweden sometimes you get ballots in the mail from parties eager to gain your vote. There are also ballots in the voting place. You pick these 'publicly' from a stand and it is normal to pick many of them and bring several into the voting station (behind curtain) and then pick ...


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The strategy is credited with having helped deter an Axis invasion of Switzerland during WW2: The Swiss were prepared to fight fascism to the bitter end The other European nations were easily toppled and had little means to wage a partisan war against the occupation. Once their standing armies were defeated, the governments capitulated and the populaces ...


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In Sweden's case this instruction to 'never surrender' has historical precedent in WW2. They remained steadfastly neutral and did not implement a third reich puppet government. It's a national point of pride. Norway did have a puppet government within the country, on the other hand. Their non-puppet govenment worked in exile in London. If the population is ...


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The king in Sweden, like monarchs in several other modern constitutional monarchies, have no formal authority. No power to rule. Like most other monarchs today, He only has ceremonial, and representative duties. Stuff like visiting other countries, attending ceremonies, hosting representatives from other states etc. So the political power is held by the ...


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According to this report of the preliminary1 figures, released well before the controversy of the day, the data is (reported crime figures): Rape: 2014: 6,700 2015: 5,920 2016: 6,560 (10.8% increase from 2015, 2% decrease from 2014) Sexual molestation: 2014: 9,640 2015: 8,840 2016: 10,500 (18.7% increase from 2015, 8.9% increase from 2014). The ...


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Starting in March 2011 there was a major civil war in Syria, many people were displaced by the fighting and tried to escape, to Turkey and to Europe. There were a great number of refugees, many living in miserable conditions. Many countries across Europe offered to accept refugees, as part of their humanitarian duty. Refugees often go on to make a positive ...


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Cold winters, planting/harvesting seasons in spring and early fall, and the convenience to travel to the polling stations seems to be the answer. I would add vacation season in summer, too. This article sums it up very well. It is about the US, but most factors seem to apply to other countries as well: But why a Tuesday in November? The answer stems from ...


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Here is a fourth question with basically the same answer: The executive branch is fundamentally the most powerful one, because it has guns while the others don't. Why does the executive branch simply not use force to enforce its supremacy over the other branches? Constitutions and laws are ultimately just pieces of paper. They only have power because ...


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Really it boils down to a combination of things which create part of the puzzle here. Extradition isn't as simple as "hey mate, send him over" even with such close allies as the UK. Here there are a couple of examples where the UK didn't extradite. It's in their treaty that the UK can choose not to extradite if there is a high risk of the person's life ...


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The two existing answers by CDJB and Alexei are great but there are some important points missing: Population density (Source: Wikimedia Commons) With the exception of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, Sweden is only sparsely populated. Sparsely populated areas do not have many places that are naturally crowded (especially now that events with more than 50 ...


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For Germany, article 16a of the constitution in general guarantees asylum to those victim of political persecution. Furthermore, Germany (and Sweden) is a party of the Geneva refugee conventions of 1951 and 1967. Finally, they are both EU members and thus subject to directive 2011/95/EU which handles subsidiary protection for people who do not qualify for ...


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The pamphlet in question is available in English. Simple official reason The official reason for publishing this pamphlet right now is this short sentence from one of the websites of the official agency responsible for it's publication: Regeringen ser att satsningen är nödvändig för att alla som bor i Sverige ska bli bättre förberedda på att hantera ...


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The risk is present (although not necessarily strictly equivalent) but it has to be balanced against other concerns: The right for everybody to enter their own country. Some countries have effectively stopped the return of their own citizens by curtailing air traffic but it would be legally, politically and diplomatically highly problematic to flatly deny ...


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There is probably no way to prove this, but the campaign could be seen as an attempt to make increases of the defense budget more widely accepted in the population. Increases in the defense budget are in fact discussed on proposed just recently, see, e.g., recent news. According to (the propably oudated) information on Wikipedia, Sweden is the 9th largest ...


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Those are indeed two completely different things that only happen to be responsible (in different administrative fields) for the same geographical area. The länssstyrelse is an agency of the Swedish national government, which also appoints the director (landshövding). It is the main representative of the national government in a province (län) and ...


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Not quite a comment, but not quite an answer, I just wanted to point out that being prepared for rare contingencies is a form of insurance. Compare this with a disaster recovery plan in IT. The purpose is risk mitigation, in the national interest. This may have soft implications towards deterrence, or perhaps more cynically (as another answer points out), ...


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