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What’s Happening in Sweden?

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Published on Bella Caledonia, 13 September 2019. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! — Donald Trump, 18 February 2017 Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia. Then came waves of immigrants – and the forces of populism at home and abroad. — The New York Times, 10 August 2019 ‘If you get a call from the post office, you tell them we’re...

Three Seasons With CEMUS

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Published in The CEMUS Diaries, a series to mark the 25th anniversary of the Centre for Environment & Development Studies at Uppsala University. It’s early spring. I’m taking a language course for immigrants with a higher education. Eight years is the average time it takes before an immigrant to Sweden gets to work in a job that matches their professional qualifications: this course was...

The Moment When the White Rabbit Goes Past

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Published as Issue 5 of Crossed Lines, my occasional email newsletter. This letter comes to you from a hotel room in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle. The hotel is called the Arctic Eden. From the window, I can see the mine buildings that crown what’s left of Gironvarri, the mountain the city came here to devour.The way I was told it, the Swedes knew there was a mountain full of iron ore...

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