Showing posts with label Sweden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweden. Show all posts

June 25, 2017

Swedish PM Tells Priests to Perform The Same Sex Weddings or Do Something Else!

Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, 
although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s marriage code
This could now change, however, given Lofven’s recent comments about the role of priests in Swedish society.
The prime minister indicated in an interview with a church magazine that if a priest cannot bless a gay marriage, they should consider another vocation. 
“We Social Democrats are working to ensure all priests will consecrate everyone, including same-sex couples,” Lofven told Kyrkans Tidning magazine.
“I see parallels to the midwife who refuses to perform abortions. If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise, you have to do something else… It is the same for priests,” he said.
Official documents from the church say it “offers” both heterosexual and homosexual marriage ceremonies. Although it is not against gay marriage, the Church of Sweden’s official stance is that “no priest should be obliged to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple.” 
In the interview, Lofven, who is not religious, defended the perceived political incursion into the practice of religion, saying “the church must stand up for human equality.”
"The church will continue to play a major role, especially in times like these with terror and refugee crisis,” he added.
“The church binds society together and provides security,” he added.
Reuters

March 12, 2016

Swedes Wont Aloud you to Vacuum after 10pm but Loud Groans from sex is OK



Most apartment blocks in Sweden state that tenants are not permitted any loud activity, for example drilling or even vacuum cleaning, after 10pm so as not to disturb other residents.
So one Twitter user who had apparently had it up to here with his neighbours' late-night romps took his sleepless woes directly to Health Minister Gabriel Wikström – who replied.
"My neighbours are once again having noisy sex. You're my only hope: could you ban risqué exercises after 10pm?" asked the man.
But he had his hopes dashed when the minister responded: "Sounds nice for them, I think. Good for their wellbeing and thus public health as well.” The exchange was part of a bigger debate, but the minister later elaborated on his comment in an interview with The Local, saying that he had taken the opportunity to highlight Swedes' declining sex rate.
"The reactions were overwhelming, I never thought it would get that big. I thought the question was amusing (…) and thought this would be a good way to raise the issue," Wikström told The Local after his tweet went viral. 

Swedish Health Minister Gabriel Wikström. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT
While Swedes may have a reputation for their liberal attitude to sex, the frequency of a romp in the hay is dropping. A poll by the Aftonbladet tabloid in 2013 suggested the average adult has intercourse 3.8 times a month, compared to five times a month according to a separate, state-funded public health survey in 1996.
"That's a 24 percent decline. If it had been down to free choice it wouldn't have been a problem – obviously the state shouldn't tell people how often to have sex – but it is often linked to stress, pressure and people feeling they don't live up to a certain body ideal. That's a problem and it will lead to people feeling even worse. We're humans, we need intimacy," said Wikström.
But the 31-year-old gave a non-committal, albeit a typically Sweden-style candid, answer when asked by The Local whether he practises what he preaches, considering his own busy ministerial schedule.
"It's a pretty personal question, but… it happens. I am satisfied with my sex life,” laughed Wikström.
Referring to the tongue-in-cheek Twitter exchange, he joked: "I'm sure there's a lot about our neighbours that can annoy us, but if they have actually managed to get down to business you have to be forgiving."
His fellow Swedes are also known for their open approach when discussing issues involving topics such as gender, sex and sexuality. And Wikström urged more of his ministerial colleagues abroad to speak up.
"They absolutely should. We know that there are also negative aspects, for example sexual violence around the globe, STIs or unwanted pregnancies. If we don't talk about that in a relaxed way we can't have good sex, and that involves talking about the positive aspects too, that it can be fun and nice," he said.

May 13, 2015

Swedes to Russian Subs: This Way if You R Gay



Svenska Freds / YouTube
A Swedish peace group has devised a unique way of fending off unwanted naval intrusions after reports of Russian submarines entering the country's territorial waters last year — erecting a device that taps out in Morse code: “This way if you are gay.”
The broadcasting device, which has been lowered into the sea near Stockholm, is also covered by a flashing neon sign that shows a sailor gyrating back and forth in nothing but skimpy pants, according to a video published last week by The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, the group behind the move .
“Welcome to Sweden, gay since 1944” reads the neon sign in English. Sweden decriminalized homosexuality 71 years ago, while Russia recently banned the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors in what critics say represents a crackdown on LGBT rights.
The Swedish military was put on high alert last fall after reports of submarine sightings in its territorial waters amid rising tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine. Moscow has denied that the alleged vessels belonged to its navy.
Since then there have been calls to raise defense spending in Sweden, although the peace group in a video suggests that its “Singing Sailor” is a much more cost-effective way to fend off unwanted intrusions.
“Instead of angry threats, any visitors will now receive a warm welcome” to Sweden, the peace group said.
The project comes after neighboring Finland last month fired a depth charge in a warning to a suspected submarine in its waters near Helsinki.

Watch the video here:

October 23, 2014

Sweden Continues Intense Search for Russian Sub-Force will be Used



                                                                            


Story and pics by
       BBC

Sweden could use force in its search for a suspected foreign submarine, a senior Swedish naval officer has told the BBC.
Real Admiral Anders Grenstad said if a submarine were discovered, weapons could be used to make it surface.
But the military operation is focused on gathering intelligence, he added.
Russia has denied suggestions that one of its submarines got into trouble near Stockholm last week after distress signals were reportedly intercepted.
There have been several reported sightings of a mysterious vessel off the Swedish coast, prompting the search operation.
Rear Admiral Grenstad, who is deputy chief of joint operations in the search, said he had "no clue" which country owned it.
"Everybody is speculating - that's what you get when you're hunting submarines," he added.
Amateur photo made available on October 19, 2014 by the Swedish Defence Ministry shows an object (top C) in the sea near StockholmThe Swedish military released an image taken by a passerby showing an object in the sea near Stockholm
MapThe search focuses on Ingaro Bay - about 30,000 islands make up the Stockholm archipelago
Local media said Sweden had intercepted a distress signal in Russian.
Russia also has several submarines based in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave bordered by Poland and Lithuania and facing out to Sweden, as well as a much bigger force near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula.
'Something is in our waters'
Rear Admiral Grenstad said the Swedes were trying to establish that the mystery vessel was indeed a submarine.
"We hate the fact that we have something in our waters - or we believe something is in our waters," he said.
A Swedish minesweeper and guard boat searching for the mystery vesselThe Swedish navy has been searching for the mystery vessel since last week
An assault vehicle lands an search team on an island in Stockholm's archipelagoThe mobilisation is Sweden's biggest since the Cold War
The Rear Admiral went on to say: "If we find the submarine with our own sensors the captain of the ship has the possibility to use weapons to get it to stop whatever it is doing." 
He appealed to the public to help in identifying the vessel by keeping camera or phones handy if they were in the islands near Stockholm.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has announced his government will increase spending on defence in its budget on Thursday.
Two Swedish fast-attack vessels in the Stockholm archipelagoThe Swedish military said force could be used to raise the suspected submarine to the surface
Sweden's search, now in its sixth day, has been focusing on Ingaro Bay off Stockholm.
Ships equipped to find submarines are among the vessels taking part in the operation.
Soviet submarine sightings during the Cold War caused security alerts in Sweden in the 1980s.
Russia's military intervention in Ukraine this year has fuelled suspicion about its intentions towards other neighbouring states, notably in the Baltic.

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