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The Swedes victims of the “coronaskam”, the shame of the country’s strategy in the face of Covid-19


STOCKHOLM LETTER

The year 2019 popularized the word “flygskam”: in #Swedish, shame – «#Shame» – to take the plane – ” fly “ -, this polluting means of transport. The year 2020 quickly fixed the problem, bringing most of the world’s population to the ground. #However, the #Swedes did not let go of their feeling of dishonor. The “flygskam” has succeeded the “coronaskam”: literally, the “shame of the corona”.

#In question: the #Swedish strategy in the face of the pandemic due to the coronavirus and the decision of the government, in #Stockholm, not to confine its population. #Among its neighbors, who have all adopted more restrictive measures, this gentle approach first aroused incomprehension, before provoking fear, and sometimes hostility. #Because in the end, #Sweden recorded 4.5 times more deaths than #Denmark, nearly nine times more than #Finland and #Iceland, and eleven times more than #Norway.

#However, the #Nordics want to believe that they have more in common than differences: a history, a culture, traditions, and even language for some. #In short, ” a very strong identity, not always easy to measure from abroad ”, assures #Anna #Hallberg, #Swedish #Minister for #Nordic #Affairs. #Since 1952 – and until the arrival of the coronavirus – their nationals could even move from one country to another, without showing their passport.

#This does not prevent rivalries. #In sports, for example: between #Sweden and #Finland, in hockey; between #Sweden and #Norway, in cross-country skiing; between #Sweden and #Denmark, football… #In fact: it is often the #Swedish “big brother”, twice as populated, a bit arrogant, that the #Nordics like to compete.

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#More “#All this has nothing to do with what has happened since the start of the pandemic”, insists #Bertel #Haarder, #Danish member of the #Liberal #Party and chairman of the council for freedom of movement set up by the five countries. #From 1is #January 2021, he will take the head of the #Nordic #Council, in a completely new context.

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#Reappearance of borders in the region

#Not only, since #March, borders have reappeared in the region, which has caused trauma in neighboring regions, whose economy has been severely affected. #But many #Swedes say they are stigmatized by their neighbors. #This is particularly the case for some of the 14,000 cross-border workers who live in #Sweden and work in #Norway, some of whom say they are ostracized by their colleagues or their employers. #Every week, they have to be tested at a #Norwegian testing center.

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