One could take a look at the recent economic figures released in Sweden and be convinced that the economy is on sound footing. Swedish GDP increased by 1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the three months up to June, according to data from Statistics Sweden, twice the pace analysts in a Thomson Reuters’ survey expected and the largest increase in a year. You could look at just about any of the macroeconomic numbers; GDP, consumer spending, inflation, and all is well.
However, once you lift the hood and see what is boiling under the surface, there are clearly issues in Sweden. There was a time when Sweden’s welfare state appeared to work flawlessly and there were not daily reports of shootings, rapes or of burning cars. It isn’t really hard to figure out why the uber-tolerant nation of a once proud ancestry is crumbling. In an attempt to be a moral superpower, and prioritize “gender equality” and the like, they have emasculated the nation and are on the brink of economic decline.
The nation of 10 million people accepted 163,000 migrants in 2015, the largest number relative to the total population of any European state during the massive migrant influx into Europe that year. The difference between overall growth in gross domestic product and growth when measured per capita hasn’t been as wide since at least 1950.
The upcoming election will have a great say in the economic future of the nation. “This election really matters, and it is pretty much up in the air,” said Jonas Hinnfors, a professor of political science at the University of Gothenburg. Welfare, health and taxes are, as ever, top issues, as is climate change, he said, but “to an unprecedented extent, you have immigration and crime, and also unprecedented is the way the Social Democrats are campaigning on these issues and proposing more police and tougher border controls.”
The accommodating Swedes who once welcomed mass immigration and afforded these refugees welfare of the state are now wondering why the economy is heading south. It needs to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of immigrants from countries such as Syria and Iraq that arrived in the past few years find their way into the labor market. Welfare to the refugees is better than work; so why work?
The Swedes will find that whether it be through this election or the next, the country will change both morally and economically for certain. Those that see the canary in the coal mine that is Germany on immigration are quick to the forefront of advocating change and protecting sovereignty. Those that have yet to wake up and smell the coffee will live in a very different land in the next decade and after. The polar opposites exist in social scenarios. One wonders if the Swedes do realize that Muslims are not big fans of homosexuality or gender equality. These tolerant Swedes may come to realize the mantra of Mohammed one way or the other, which is said to be convert or kill the infidel. Not my words, theirs. “Kill them [unbelievers] wherever you find them… And fight them until there is no more unbelief and worship is for Allah alone” (Quran 2:191-193).