Category Archives: Sweden

The Gotland youth gives Gotland a new image

At a Midsummer party I got to know about the brown Gotlandish Second World war Hitler support. I am glad that the Young Gotlanders demonstrates against he Swedish neonazis being on the island to make noice at the politcal meeting in Almedalen that start this week.

(read more in https://www.thelocal.se/20170421/neo-nazis-to-attend-iconic-swedish-political-festival-almedalen)

A article in http://www.helagotland.se/start/nazister-i-den-gotlandska-militaren-5532840.aspx

written by Anders R Johansson Mickael Lundgren tells about this dark past and confirm what my drunken friend told me.

Swedish English

Ovanligt många på Gotland

…Nazisterna på Gotland var tvärtom ovanligt många och flera fanns även på de olika förbanden (alla utom det sent startade Lv2). …

Unusually many on Gotland

… On the other hand, the Nazis on Gotland were unusually many, and several were also found on the varius military troops (all but Lv2 that became active late) …

Pepparkakor med hakkors

Bildresultat för pepparkakor

Andra mer bemärkta var ett antal präster (exempelvis Kihlén i Rute, en i När, som bland annat skildrats av Göte Nilsson, och regementspastor Beijer i Visby), flera handlare, ett par posttjänstemän, ett par lärare, en bilmek, en fd frälsningsarmésoldat och SSU-are samt ett par kvarnägare. Flera som kan dokumenteras för stöd blev kyrkvärdar och på sina håll bakade tanterna pepparkakor med hakkors på. 
Utom detta kan även nämnas hur Cementas platschef Arendt de Jounge hösten 1933 använde högerns lokala partistämma till att beklaga sig över att man här i Sverige inte kunde använda samma bryska metoder mot uppnosig arbetarrörelse som samma år hade tillgripits i Tyskland.

 Christmas cakes with swastica drawn upon.

Bildresultat för pepparkakor

Another more notable was a number of priests (eg Kihlén i Rute, one in När, as portrayed by Göte Nilsson, and Beijer Regimentist in Visby), several traders, a couple of post officials, a couple of teachers, a carmek, a former Salvation Army soldier and SSUs (ssu party) and a couple of moorers. Several that can be documented for nazisupport became church hosts and in their backs, the women baked gingerbread cookies with Swasticas. Besides this, mention is also made of how Cementa’s site manager Arendt de Jounge, in the autumn of 1933, used the right party’s local party meeting to regret that here in Sweden we could not use the same brutal methods against insane workers’ movement that had been used in Germany in the same year.

Gotlandsbolagets chef gav rabatt åt nazister

CG Ekman var med i Riksföreningen Sverige-Tyskland samt gav rabatt till de “trekvartsbruna” SNU, då de hade läger vid Toftabaden. Vidare fanns en kommunalordförande i Dalhem, och att en nazist senare blev folkpartistisk fullmäktigeledamot i Slite.

Gotland Company Head gave discounts to nazists

CG Ekman was a member of the Swedish Association Swedish-Germany and gave a discount to the “three-quarter” SNU, when they camped at Toftabaden. There was also a municipal chairman in Dalhem, and a Nazi member later became a parliamentary parliamentary member of Slite.

 

 “livlina” från Baltikum

Men viktigare är nog att den “livlina” som efter kriget organiserades från Baltikum och västerut bland annat hade stöd av skollärare Nilsson i Hangvar och PH Lovén på Hästnäs. 
Om detta har undertecknade skrivit flera gånger förut (var för sig och gemensamt). 

“lifeline” from the Baltics


But more importantly, the “lifeline”, organized after the war from the Baltic and West, was supported by school teacher Nilsson in Hangvar and PH Lovén at Hästnäs. If this has the signature written several times before (separately and in common). 

 

Source: http://www.helagotland.se/start/nazister-i-den-gotlandska-militaren-5532840.aspx 

Parts translated to English by me.

The lifeline history is maybe a explanation for the Russians sending a tortedo from a submarine to sink the  the Swedish Hansa killing 80+ people. Another rumor on Gotland.

I am working on a article about Hansa. 

 

Swedish healthcare – The Swedish illusion.

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When you read the info in sweden.se

“a system that ensures everyone equal access to health care services. ”

it sounds like Sweden is  Heaven.

I have compeletely different experiences. The reality is not like Sweden.se paint it.

Italy:

I had deep cough two years ago in Italy. They made a X ray immediately and could after 2 hours exclude pneumonia.

Sweden:

I got pneumonia 8 years ago here in Sweden. I waited from 8 pm until 3 am the next day in a corridor. A doctor came and said “Let say you have renal calculi” He sent me home with the recommendation to not drink.

The evening after, again feeling horrible at the hospital waiting another 9 hour. A doctor from Iran came at 2 am and talking with me, he understood I did not have kidney problems. He immediately sent me to make a X-ray where they discovered I had the lungs full of water.

90 years old waiting eleven hours in the acute corridor -she died there.

Translated from: www.svt.se

The Inspectorate for Health and Care (Ivo) criticizes Skåne University Hospital (SUS) in Lund after a 90-year-old man died when he sought care at the emergency room after a fall in 2016.

The healthcare staff believed that the man also suffered from pneumonia and decision was taken to move to the care department. But there was no place, and instead he remained in the corridor of the acute for eleven hours.

He had neither food nor drink nor any other care. He was moved to the central hospital in Kristianstad, where he died the day after the cardiac arrest.

A year ago someone called 112.  They said @Talek a cab to the hospital.” A sicki human being  died because of that.

 

 

e have elections here in Sweden and one of the parties goes out sying that the public health care  Responsibility  must not be devolved to the county councils and municipal governments.

But that would probably not change much.

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Swedish cancer health care

The Swedish health care “a system that ensures everyone equal access to health care services. ” They doesn say, “while keeping the budget plan”

“Months to know if you have cancer”

The Swedish oncologist Stefan Einhorn wrote in his book  “The art of being kind” 10 years ago that it is not caring  that people have to wait months to know if they have cancer.  I wonder if that is different today. I am waiting more than a month to make a MRT for the doctors to be able to exclude cancer.  A month is a long time when you have a growing cancer especcially in the well mourished liver.

A cancer cell can in  a month develope and spread huge amounts of daughter cells  ( metastasis ) that makes it almost impossible fror you to fight for your life.

Today at the news, the issue was raised in the news /Rapport 19.30). I took this screen shot:

 

With blood cancer you get help within 6 days in 73% of the cases.

Only 50% with brain cancer got help in time, that is within 50 days. 
cancer in but for severe prostata cancer only 3.9% got good help but within 60 days. 

But this statistics talks only about those who have got the cancer diagnos.  Nothing is said how long time it took for these patients to get the diagnos.

I wonder how are the possibility to save a human with brain cancer 50 days after they discovered it?

How many of these patients got rid of their cancer?

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Getting older and dying in Sweden

I am scared about getting older in Sweden.  If you are unable to leave the bed they let you lay there until you get bedsores.  We took our mother in law, back home and after a few weeks she was able to walk again. 

In Sweden you can die and rotten slowly in your apartment before they discover you. When my mother was sick in Italy they installed a microphone and loudspeaker in her house so they could talk with her and ask how she was doing. If she didnt answer they immediately came to visit her.

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Conclusion

 

More people will die or suffer in Sweden for the hospitals to keep their budget and the government to show up nice $ figures.

Difference between private and public care

A dentist,  friend of mine eplained this:

When you look for help at a private hospital the hospital welcomes you with open arms as they get money from the State for every human they take care of.

That is not the case for the  public health care .The public care has to stick to their yearly budget. All patients have to share a piece of the yearly cake.  So If you look for help at the public health care, the doctor has to leave other patients. To not spend money and time they find easy solutions.

Public healthcare budget thinking

A  public healthcare  doctor may because of lack of shared time and resources, tend to think :

“We can not spend 300 Euro  for a MRT  if there is nothing serious”

or  being stressed, to get rid of you, they may take the risc saying:  “There is probably nothing serious with you.  Go home.” or “take a rest and talk with you psycologist” 

so he can leave you and take care of the other patience.

This happened to me.

Swedish healthcare doesnt think:

“We cannot risc to loose another human life”

Budget is sacred, not human life.

This reminds me about my military service in a rescuing platoon. The officer instructed us “If you are in a war zone, If someone looks horrible think that he/she will probably die anyway. Lave him and take care of others.”

A Swedish public healthcare doctor could  think in a similar way:

“Spending money on a dying man
is vasted money”

It is of course not morally unacceptable to thin like that  but this is the way the Swedish health care is programmed.

Do not think Sweden is a paradise to get old in. Think before you leave your country for Sweden.

I am in Sweden now as I can not stand the heat in Italy.

But I will emigrate to Italy as soon as possible and do my best to survive the heat there. 

Does the Swedish health care has the cynic policy I started this post with?

“Spending money on a dying man is vasted money”

Girl soccer World Championship requested

Växjö DFF photo taken from www.svenskalag.se/vdff 

I do not like Soccer where men use violence to weaken their adversaries. Look at this soccer game I saw in .smp.se TV, where The Växjö girl team wins over Kristiansstad. More women soccer intelligent no violence games! A World Championship girl soccer would be nice to see.

I uploaded this video from www.smp.se into one of my Youtube channels as WordPress does not allow videos larger than 1MB.

 

The law of Jante – updated

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introduction

I wrote this post after having read  an article in SVD at
https://www.svd.se/varifran-kommer-uttrycket-jantelagen

I had to update it with a new conclusion after having read a Australian blog post about the high Italian self esteem.

I think the svd article  tells about an important part of the Swedish and Scandinavian sociocultural history and culture of today, known in Sweden as “Jantelagen”, the law of Jante. In Norway they call it “Janteloven”

It maybe also makes you understand Swedes better and that exagerated self esteem is maybe not the best neighter. 

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History of the law

Until 1900 in poor Swedish, maybe even Scandinavian, villages, all had to follow this law.  A person who did not follow this law breaked the social balance in the village. I would say that this law still is respected today among some Swedes even in work places. 

The law was formulated 1933 by the Norwegian writer Aksel Sandemose in his fiction ”En flykting korsar sitt spår”. Sandemose grew  up in the Danish village Nykøbing Mors. he used this village as a model for his village Jante in his book. He formulate the law like this:

Click here to see Swedish version below.

  1. You should not believe you are something.
  2. You should not believe you are as good as we are.
  3. You should not believe you are more intelligent than us.
  4. You should not think that you are better than us.
  5. You should not think that you know more  than us.
  6. You should not think that you have more value than us.
  7. You should not believe that you are good at something.
  8. You should not laugh at us.
  9. You should not believe anyone cares about you.
  10. You should not believe you can learn us anything.
    The eleventh law, “the punishment law” says:
  11. Do you not think we know about you?

The law of Jante in Swedish
I keep a copy here of the law of Jante Swedish version as taken from the article in
 https://www.svd.se/varifran-kommer-uttrycket-jantelagen
as articles in web newspapers often disappear after a few days. 

 

  1. Du skall inte tro att du är något.
  2. Du skall inte tro att du är lika god som vi.
  3. Du skall inte tro att du är klokare än vi.
  4. Du skall inte inbilla dig att du är bättre än vi.
  5. Du skall inte tro att du vet mer än vi.
  6. Du skall inte tro att du är förmer än vi.
  7. Du skall inte tro att du duger till något.
  8. Du skall inte skratta åt oss.
  9. Du skall inte tro att någon bryr sig om dig.
  10. Du skall inte tro att du kan lära oss något.

Till detta kommer ett elfte bud, ”Jantelagens strafflag”:

  1. Tror du inte att vi vet något om dig?”

This “law of Jante ” reminds me about 
“no prophet is accepted in his hometown”  ( Luke 4:24

Swedes were during the 19th century severly educated by Protestant priests who came to the villages to interrogate the villagers about the words in the Bible, Luther’s small cahtechism, and other reading habilites.  Kids were interrogated at school with questions like “Who was  the first man?” were the right answer had to be “Adam!” if you didn’t want to be punished with the stick. 

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The law of Jante today

US native Steven Karwoski wrote this in ” How I tackled Sweden’s Law of Jante”
“Equality remains a cornerstone of Swedish culture.  This ‘we’re all the same’ mentality comes from the Scandinavian concept of Jantelagen or The Law of Jante, the cultural compass that celebrates ‘everyman’, discourages individual success and sets average as the goal.  It manifests itself in the culture not only with the ‘we are all equal’ ethos but even more so a  ‘don’t think you are better than anyone, ever’ mindset.”
( https://www.thelocal.se/20140617/how-i-tackled-swedens-law-of-jante )

here is one of the several youtube’s about the law of jante 

I like this comment to her video:

“What’s funny is that the same Swedes that judge you will turn into social butterflies as soon as they arrive in Thailand or any country that has a warm culture.”

I recommend also this  well made  Youtube about the law of Jante described as part of Norwegian Culture. The author is  a Norwegian girl who teaches  Norwegian in her channel for English speaking visitors.

Swedes in Austria and Spain.

Swedes are also know as very problematic and even feared in Austrian ski site and in Spain for the drinking behaviour when they get “free” and inhibited.

Maybe similar social rules are found in your country? 

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two books about Sweden

This book about Sweden from 2008 tells about the law of Jante. (HINT. click on the image to view a Google review

You may read about the Swedish History  in this older book now available in the Internet archive (HINT. click on the image to view a Google review) 

 

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Conclusion

Reading the Australian Caitlyn Cooks  post about Italian self estseem in her blog at caitlyncook.com at , I  udnerstood that when I came back to Sweden 19 years old, I brought with me some Italian self esteem.

I had to adapt to the law of Jante in Sweden as I were reminded about my “exagerated” self esteem. Fiat had to adapt too. A big Fiat car announcement had this meaning under the photo under the new Fiat car image: “Buy Italian, drive like a Swede.” When I had a friend coming with me she sat behind as she didn’t rely on my driving. I had a Italian driver licence. And comment on my telling about my project like “Du gillar att skryta” that is “You like to brag”

I wonder if the italian self esteem is still the same after the bad publicity outside Italy. I once heard a taxi driver in Neaple say “If Neaple were governed by Swedes we would have a fantastic city.

i see however some hidden self esteem anyway here in Italy as blame others for the malfunctioning public services. Many Italians use to accuse all other to be idiots and corrupted egoists, especcially politicians they themselves have voted on and those who work in the government or Municipality. 

Autunno

 

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È arrivato l’autunno? Dopo una decina di giorni di cattivo tempo, sembra che l’autunno abbia deciso di aspettare ancora per un po. Oggi c’é stato un sole meraviglioso e un bel caldo. Spero che settembre e ottobre siano come gli anni precedenti, cioè con cielo limpido e l’aria che si raffredda pian piano col calare della traiettoria del sole. Stamattina alle nove un giro di jogging nel bosco. Sti sta proprio bene dopo.

Pasta Police in Stockholm

I updated this post June 1018.

I have never been at  a Italian restaurant in Stockholm. But I regularely went to a Italian restaurant in Göteborg.  http://www.trattoriadapasquale.se   Pasquale who is from Neaple became a good friend. He does not need to be afraid if a Pasta Police comes to Göteborg.

You have to search to find Italian restaurants with Italian Personel. Most Italians went back to Italy.

Swedish Television www.svt.se had this text (translated by me to English) in a article  back in 2007, a article that is now removed from their site.

“Tony Anello has an assignment: To promote genuine Italian food, he represents a restaurant organization supported by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. Tony inspects Italian restaurants who want to join the organization, but is not late to say their opinion even at restaurants where he is obsessed”

Tony Anello who now is 75 seems to have done a good job and has now retired. I dont find any pasta police in Stockholm. 🙂

Pizza Police needed

They should have a Pizza police as most pizzerias are now driven by all kind  of nationalities except Italians.

I usually go to  https://www.giallozafferano.it/

to look for good Italian recipees. 

“Googleing for Pasta Police I found instead this nice site bout Italian food.

http://pastapolice.blogspot.com/ 

and Stefano Barbatos nice videos, among other this

with links to his site http://www.chefstefanobarbato.com/