THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME – The Swedish government releases an informative brochure:
Our story begins with two Swedish government agencies. The job of the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is “to ensure good health, social welfare and high-quality health and social care on equal terms for the whole Swedish population.” It is part of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) is “the authority that considers applications from people who want to take up permanent residence in Sweden, come for a visit, seek protection from persecution or become Swedish citizens.”
On March 24, the two agencies released a four-page brochure. It was entitled “Information for Those who Are Married to Children.” Yes, you read that right. Its cover featured a cheery drawing of a very dark-skinned girl in hijab and a somewhat dark-skinned boy and girl in more Western-looking garb. The style of illustration was recognizable from a thousand children’s books. But this wasn’t a children’s book. It was a brochure for adults living in Sweden whose “spouses” are minors.
The Swedish government withdraws an informative brochure after public backlash, because even in the uber-woke Sweden this is a bridge too far (for now, at least).
The Swedish board of health and immigration later withdrew the brochure and released a statement on their website stating “strong reactions” were the reason for the withdrawal.
“Sweden does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to be married in this country.
“However, according to current legislation, the main rule is that a marriage valid under the law of the country in which it is concluded is to be recognised by civil law in Sweden. A new legislation is currently being prepared by the government,” Pär Ödman, Chief Legal Officer of the National Board of Health, said.
Earlier this week, the Swedish parliament voted to ban all child marriages and refuse to recognise them in the future despite some protest from the governing parties which wanted to amend the ban to make several exceptions.