Summer tourists are flocking to Sweden’s towns and cities in record figures, but fewer and fewer people choose to discover less populated areas. The number of guest nights at Swedish hotels in the summer months June-August went up by 25 percent between 2008 and 2016, on average across the length and breadth of the country.
The biggest increase went to towns and cities, and not just the big ones like Stockholm and Gothenburg. Skellefteå on Sweden’s north-eastern coast has increased its guest nights by 86 percent since 2008. Skellefteå Council’s own tourism office told us that it has made an effort to attract tourists in the past few years, hoping that it will boost jobs for young people and newly-arrived immigrants.
However, at the other end of the scale are northern municipalities further away from the coast, such as Dorotea, Överkalix, Pajala, Storuman and Gällivare, who have seen two-digit drops in tourism. The trend is that we are making shorter trips. They go to the cities, it takes too long to go any further beyond them. It follows Sweden’s general trend towards more urbanization.
In Sweden, as in many other countries throughout Europe, the repression from which many refugees are fleeing, instead seems to be following them there. In immigrant-settled areas, the self-appointed morality police gather outside assembly rooms to prevent young people from entering if they try to organize parties with music. Islamist organizations in Sweden have strengthened their position through support from Saudi Arabia and Sweden’s government agencies, media, political parties, and so it goes.
Most Muslims in Sweden have become fundamentalists. The Al-Azhar Islamic charter school in Stockholm separates boys and girls on the school bus. The girls enter through the back door, while the boys enter through the door at the front. The history of U.S. civil rights is not mentioned in Al-Azhar’s history class.
It is impossible now to say that Sweden is an ultra-liberal country while there are areas in Sweden where women with short skirts and LGBT citizens are harassed because of their clothes and sexual orientation. Intolerance has simply become part of today’s multicultural Sweden.
The lesson to be learned from these contrasts is to see through the Swedish politicians who try to portray Sweden as a liberal and tolerant paradise. Experience from the immigrant suburbs of Sweden’s cities shows that a large part of Sweden’s population is not part of the feminist and liberal Sweden. Liberals are harassed by Jihadis every day because in their communities, there is a lack of tolerance.
The problem is that those who govern Sweden do not originate from, or have any deeper knowledge about, the immigrant suburbs where people cannot live as free citizens, and clearly have no interest in these suburbs. The LGBT movement and the feminist movement prefer to silence those who protest Islamic oppression in Sweden’s immigrant suburbs. They want to silence it to the extent that even Muslims are portrayed as Islamophobes.
Unfortunately, immigrants in the suburbs will live under this Jihadi plague until Jihadis grow so strong that they become a threat to the liberal values of the elites. When Jihadis begin to disturb the liberal elites and their cultural sphere, the liberals in Sweden may see them as a problem. Ironically, for these liberal elites, who not long ago wanted to save the world through a liberal refugee policy, their primary motivation now seems simply to be self-interest.