Sweden’s Economy and the Riots

“Sweden Riots Spotlight Growing Economic Rift,” by Johannes Ledel and John D. Stoll for the Wall Street Journal:

A week of riots here stemming from allegations of widespread racism and reflecting a growing socioeconomic rift eased over the weekend, but not before dealing Sweden’s reputation for equality and tolerance a severe black eye.

Several suburbs of Stockholm during the past week witnessed arson attacks and violence against police called in to limit the damage. Dozens of people were arrested and more than 100 automobiles set on fire, eroding the predictability that underpins Swedish life…

One young man rioting near Husby last week told The Wall Street Journal: “If I had a job I wouldn’t be here.” The man, who declined to give his name during a late-night interview, said he would have been in bed had there been something on his agenda for the next day…

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