To highlight how words are unintentionally and intentionally used to influence public opinion in Sweden, I have compiled a list of Swedish words that are commonly used in political and medial discourse. It will be continously updated.
Click the examples to get to the source: the Swedish media.
1. Paperless = Papperslös
Definition: Illegal immigrant
Example: “US citizens rage after Obama allowed millions of paperless citizens to work and stay in the country” – Public Service Media; Swedens Radio – 2014-11-21
2. Everyone has equal value = Alla är lika värda
Definition: Nonsensical phrase that stems from a faulty translation of the UN declaration of human rights.
Example: “The governments power shall be wielded with a respect for all peoples equal value and for every mans freedom and dignity” – The second paragraph of Swedens constitution; RF 1:2
3. Swedish = Svensk
Definition: A man who has a Swedish citizenship but roots anywhere; such as: Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan
Example: “Swedish Security Service: Up to 300 Swedes have joined ISIS” – one of Swedens biggest newspapers; Dagens Nyheter, 2014-11-22
4. Islamophobia = Islamofobi
Definition: Any form of critique or questions towards Muslims/Islamic groups regardless of validity.
Example: Rashid Musa, CEO of Swedens Young Muslims, was asked wether he and his organisation work to prevent Muslims from joining ISIS he responded:
“Before I answer, I must tell you that your question is very Islamophobic” – 7m17s
He subsequently avoided the question until finally stating that he is against every sort of extremism. Then he sued Swedens Television for insinuating that he and his organisation supported terrorism. In this article he argues that white people generalize about Muslims; in effect generalizing about white people.
Would the pope start talking about anti-Caucasianism or Christianophobia if he was asked wether he works to prevent young militant men from beheading innocents in the name of Catholicism?
Reza Aslan said, “Assuming you need to ask, it’s not Islamophobic”
300 young Muslims have joined ISIS after being radicalised in Sweden. I think it’s time our journalists are able to ask Rashid Musa and the organisation “Swedens Young Muslims” questions without him labelling them: racist, white, Islamophobes.
5. Bridge builder = Brobyggare
Definition: Gypsy from Eastern Europe who is paid by the government to help other Gypsies from Eastern Europe
Example: “More Romani bridgebuilders next year” – Swedish governments website where they notify that they are investing 33 million kronor on Gypsies over the next two years. – 2013-09-08.
6. Prejudice = Fördomsfullhet
Definition: Being more wary when faced with a group of Arab youths in one of Swedens 55 no-go zones than when you are faced with a group of “ethnic” Swedish youths in one of Swedens posh areas.
7. Multiculturalism = Mångkultur
Definition: Non-Swedish culture
Example: “Money for multiculturalism” – Swedens Public Service Media; Sveriges Radio, regarding 550 000 Swedish taxpayer kronor going to the organisation “Multiculturalism Islam Organisation” – 2014-10-01
8. New Arrivals = Nyanlända
Definition: Immigrants / Asylum Seekers
Example: “Rental units are needed for new arrivals” – Mehmet Kaplan; Swedish Minister of Urban Development; Swedish newspaper; Ny Teknik, 2014-11-11
9. Refugee child = Flyktingbarn
Definition: Young adults; 15-18 or adults pretending to be children. In Denmark more than half of the so-called “children” turned out to be adults that were lying to get asylum. In Sweden age controls are lax or non-existant so as to not offend the “children”. I have a hard time believing that the children are drawn to Sweden whilst our neighbours in Norway, Denmark and Finland receive adults pretending to be children. There are a small number of children but it must be absurd for them to have to live with adults pretending to be children.
Example: “New school for refugee children” – Swedish Public Service Media; Sveriges Radio on taxpayers being forced to pay for a school. – 2014-11-21
The Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, with “refugee children”
10. Romani = Rom
Definition: Gypsy from Eastern Europe
Example: “Sweden has a direct responsibilty for the Romani citizens who are in Sweden” – Swedish newspaper Västerbotten-Kuriren – 2014-11-11, whereas Romani lobbyist Soraya Post argues that Swedes:
- Must stop evicting gypsies who are camping illegally
- Provide them with alternative housing
- Provide them with free healthcare and dental care
- Swedish police need to protect gypsies from potential threats
11. A Nazi = Nazist
Definition: Epithet used by the extreme-left to silence those with different views then their own.
Example: “SVT rapport was convicted for comparing the Sweden Democrats to nazis” – extract from a report whereas Swedens Television compared a political party to nazis. They use quotas leading to a situation where 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants are employed to do unbiased reporting on political parties that want to reduce immigration. It is clear they cannot do unbiased coverage due to the innate conflict of interest. – 2014-10-27
12. Racist = Rasist
Definition: A person who wants to preserve Swedish culture and/or reduce immigration or bigotry.
Example: “Racist joke chocks city council” – one of Swedens biggest newspapers, Dagens Nyheter, in reference to a politician who made a joke about Muslims at the city council. Most of us know Muslims are not a race or an ethnic group; the newspaper in question, does not seem to be aware of this. 2014-11-25
13. Violated = Kränkt
Definition: Frustrated / Offended (often by reality)
Example: “My integrity-zone has long ago been violated” – Nyheter 24, woman who feels offended because a man is flirting with her. She sees no reason why she should inform him of her sexuality because that is her business not his. 2014-11-23
14. Beggar = Tiggare
Definition: Gypsy from Eastern Europe
Example: “Beggars should be seen as refugees” – Västmanlands Tidning; the writer appears to have suffered a severe overdose of oxytocin; the hormone that causes the mother instinct. Essentially victimising gypsies as if they only have one option in life; begging. – 2014-11-25
15. Sweden Democrat = Sverigedemokrat
Definition: The Swedish equivalent of UKIP voter; a stereotypical man who votes for them. Often regarded as lonely, mid 40’s, uneducated, xenophobic, racist etc.
Example: “Only racists should vote for the Sweden Democrats” – headline from one of Swedens biggest newspapers, Aftonbladet, 2014-06-21
16. Freedom of speech = Yttrandefrihet
Definition: Freedom of Speech as long as you hold left-wing views. If you are xenophobic, dislike foreigners and/or religious extremism you risk being exposed by the media
Example: “Here are more people that hate anonymously on the internet” – One of Swedens biggest newspapers, Expressen, 2013-12-11, in regard to exposing the names of 6200 people that posted “hateful comments” anonymously in right-wing media. The newspaper in question utilized an extreme-left wing hacker group to expose them and their lives were subsequently ruined. The hacker group was nominated for the “Big Journalist Prize” by a Swedish journalist organisation.
17. Throwing out all the immigrants = Kasta ut alla invandrare
Definition: Reduce immigration to the European average
Example: “This is how the Sweden Democrats want to kick out refugees. For real.” – Expo, far left newspaper 2014-08-21 in regard to the party in question wanting to reduce immigration to the European average.
18. Honor violence = Hedersvåld
Definition: Culture from MENA whereas it is acceptable to kill your daughter if she infringes on your family’s honor. The term honor violence attempts to dispel the fact that very few “Swedes” have the habit of killing their relatives for having pre-marital sex.
Example: “The County government of Östergötland have during 10 years had an assignment from the government regarding preventing honor-related violence.” – article from Aftonbladet whereas an entire class of schoolgirls had been mutilated; i.e. clitoris and the labia are cut off. No mention in the newspaper of the fact that the individuals who had been mutilated were most likely not Swedish nor was there a mention of the fact that this culture stems from the Middle-East and North Africa.
19. Outsidership zone/Parallell society = Utanförskapsområde/Parallelsamhälle
Definition: Ghetto or one of Sweden’s 55 no-go zones where the police avoid entering and the ambulance union demand military grade gear to enter.
Example: “The term parallel society is sometimes used to describe these areas” – Police report from 2014-10 whereas the police describe the 55-no go zones that they regularily get attacked in.
20. Opinion hallway = Åsiktskorridoren
Definition: You must host opinions within the metaphorical hallway to avoid being called racist, nazi etc.
Example: “Yes, the Swedish opinion hallway is too slim” – Dagens Samhälle, newspaper – 2014-08-18
21. Interpretation precedence = Tolkningsföreträde
Definition: If you have a certain sex, religion, skin color your opinions, regardless of basis in fact, are more valid. If a 60-year old Christian theologian has dedicated his life to Islam and discusses the religion with a 20 year-old Muslim mechanic; the mechanic automatically has more valid views.
Example: “There are many anti-feminists (who don’t have interpretation precedence) that discriminate against transsexual people” – quote from Nyheter 24, 2014-11-17
22. Racialized = Rasifierad
Definition: Anyone who has non-Caucasian skin; victims
Example: “Organisations often like to talk about how they work with multiculturalism but this is often aimed at racialized individuals not transsexuals” – Public Service Media; Swedens Radio 2014-11-03
23. Structural discrimination = Strukturell diskriminering
Definition: An ingrained concept whereas an invisible discriminatory force makes it impossible for non-Caucasian Swedes to get a job or apartments. A hypotethical example would be Mahmoud Abdullah from Somalia who speaks poor Swedish whilst Sven Svensson from Sweden speaks fluent Swedish. If Sven gets a job; Mahmoud has experienced structural discrimination.
Example: “Gypsies experience structural discrimination and have trouble finding apartments” – Public Service Media; Sveriges Radio; 2014-11-24
24. EU-migrant = EU-migrant
Definition: Gypsy from Eastern Europe
Example: “Roof over the heads of EU-migrants” – headline from Public Service Media; Swedens Radio; with regards to Swedish taxpayers providing housing for gypsy beggars. (They have no say in the matter) – 2014-11-17
25. Assets = Tillgångar
Definition: Liability often in reference to immigration from the 3rd world being assets sometime in the future despite the fact that economists dispute this statement consistently.
Example: “Society needs to see refugees as assets not liabilites” – Morgan “only 1%” Johansson
26. Plus migration = Plusmigration
Definition: Mass immigration. A completely new Swedish word I discovered on, 2015-03-10. The article in question is written by politically correct Christian Democrat politician and regards suggestions for solutions to the housing crisis. In the article we are notified that only 40,000 flats are built per year whilst politicians are simultaneously planning on accomodating 100,000 asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa every year.
Example: “The unexpected couple negative interest rates and plusmigration means that housing politics need to […]” – Ulf Perbo, formerly Secretary of State for the former Minister of Housing.
27. Pussy Porter = Fittbärare
Definition: Woman. Some extremists within the third-wave feminist movement think that the words “woman” and “man” may cause transsexuals and other minorities to feel excluded because they identify as the other sex.
Example: “The menstrual cup is a gift to all pussy porters” – Headline from Nyheter 24, a news-site. Linnea Carlén, a “journalist” who thinks menstrual cups are a great alternative to tampons for women or as she puts it, pussy porters.
28. Stockholmers = Stockholmare
Definition: Terrorists / murderers / serial rapists
Example: “[…] Many Stockholmers have travelled to fight with the terrorist organization IS in Syria.” – 2015-05-18, From article in Svenska Dagbladet regarding politicians in Stockholm rewarding returning Islamic State terrorists.
29. Children = Barn
Definition: Young and often violent gangs of immigrants from MENA (or Swedish citizens with origin in MENA)
Example: “Bus driver was assaulted by children” – 2015-05-18, from article in Aftonbladet regarding “children” throwing rocks, crushing windows on the bus, and finally assaulting the bus driver.
30.. Youths = Ungdomar
Definition: Same definition as 29 but the gang-members are somewhat older and more aggressive.
Example: “50 or so youths in Tensta threw rocks and firebombs at the police during Friday night” – 2015-05-22, from article in SvD reporting on “youths” rioting and causing mayhem in non-Swedish ghettos.
Milder and harsher terms are used to label groups so as to influence public opinion and victimize certain groups. This is done consciously and subconsciously by politicians and journalists alike. The majority of Journalists vote for a party that hates the Sweden Democrats, hence the harsh labelling and biased reporting.
- You are less likely to vote for a party that is considered racist, nazi, hateful, xenophobic etc. by the the majority of society.
- You are more likely to vote for a party that wants to help poor paperless children and EU-migrants who are discriminated against by society.
– I do not care how many pigments you were born with or what faith you have.
– A child of a man who was born in abject poverty will have a harder time in school due to the parent not being educated properly. That has nothing to do with his hair color or the number of pigments he was born with
-If you interpret my post as racist/discriminating I wish to inform you that it was not my intent, will, nor purpose. That is your opinion and perspective and I respect that. If you have views on that which I have written or the pictures I have posted you are more than welcome to comment or message me. If I consider your critique valid, I will edit this post.
– I have generalized to some extent and cherry-picked examples whereas the terms are used in the context I am referring to. That does not mean that what I have written is false: drawing that conclusion is a fallacy fallacy.
-You should not draw the conclusion that ALL the journalists in Sweden are biased reason or report with flowery phrases to hide the truth. I am merely highlighting the fact that many regularily do.
-There are people who use terms such as racist, nazi etc. and are referring to the definition in the dictionary. That is unfortunately rare in my subjective and (very) unscientific opinion.
-Soraya Post has a tendency to sue people for hate crimes; anti-gypsyism. Out of respect for her I have used the term Romani which she seems to prefer. She can, however, not speak for the entire Gypsy/Romani people just as I cannot speak for the entire Swedish people.
– I have nothing against gypsies. I believe their culture makes it hard for them to integrate into society. I do not believe that “structural discrimination” is the root of all evils and that Swedish discrimination is causing gypsies to organize themselves and beg in every single Swedish town and city. I believe that our lax laws, the fact that a lot of Swedes give the organized beggars money is the cause for this.
– The term gypsy cannot be directly translated to the Swedish derogatory term “zigenare” for it is used by several gypsy organisations in the UK for example: the UK gypsy council. It is also a legal term in English law. If you find it offensive you are the racist for drawing a negative association to the term in your head.