Nog med skandinaverna! Så löd en rubrik i Washington Post nyligen. Detta efter att flera nordiska länder än en gång toppat ett globalt välståndsindex.
Artikelförfattaren menade att det finns logiska skäl till att små, relativt homogena länder klarar sig bättre än USA i mätningar över välstånd, stabilitet och samhällsutveckling. Och kanske gör de det tack vare USA, vars teknologiska innovationer och militära insatser gynnar hela världen, inte minst små länder som Sverige.
Påståendet har väckt starka reaktioner. Så, hur är det egentligen? Borde resten av världen ta efter vårt välfärdssamhälle där figurer som “lattepappan” uppstått, eller är det ett unikt skandinaviskt fenomen som bara fungerar för några få priviligierade samhällen i norr?
More and more parents are taking their children out of Malmo’s only Jewish pre-school following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.
Currently, 32 children are enrolled in the pre-school but, by the autumn, only 17 are expected to remain, which means one of two departments within the school will need to close down, it has been reported.
Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Malmo Jewish community in southern Sweden, told Sydsvenskan that security concerns were not the only reason why parents are taking their children out of the pre-school, but that at least four or five children are leaving solely for that reason.
“I’m very worried about the future,” said Mr Kaufman. “We are devastated. The pre-school is the foundation of the community’s activities. This is the future generation.”
The community has asked the municipality for support so that they can offer places for 28 children for at least six months in case parents change their minds and decide they want to place their children in the Jewish pre-school after all.
The community also wants improved security with a manned security gate.
The pre-school is located inside the Jewish community building, which is near the city’s synagogue. In 2012, the community building was attacked with explosives and bricks.
● A group of international philanthropists is donating 100,000 to the Danish Jewish community, to be used to enhance security.
The money comes from the funders of Genesis Philanthropy Group, a private foundation best known for supporting identity-building projects among Russian-speaking Jews around the world.
Mikhail Fridman, a co-founder of Genesis Philanthropy Group, said: “This strong, vibrant community needs our support to ensure that its members know that the global Jewish community is behind it.”
Barack Obama’s antisemitism envoy has warned of the likelihood of “tragic incidents” unless Europe does more to protect Jewish communities.
Ira Forman made the comments this week while visiting Sweden to assess the country’s efforts to prevent attacks on Jews.
In Malmö, the southern Swedish city that has acquired an international reputation for antisemitism, Mr Forman said: “I think people have good intentions, but I’m also concerned about what will happen two or three months from now.
“Without a commitment to increase security for Jewish communities around Europe, we’re more likely to see tragic incidents.”
Petra Kahn Nord, president of Sweden’s Jewish Youth Association, said: “It’s fantastic that the US pays so much attention to this. I get the feeling that our own politicians are not taking antisemitism as seriously.”
Mr Forman said Malmö’s leaders were not making excuses for Jew-hatred and had not attempted to blame the Jewish community. “That’s a huge difference to the past,” he added.