Islamists threaten Sweden with terror. Foreign students 'reject Sweden' after schools start charging a registration fee.
Islamists threaten Sweden with terror
A radical Islamic magazine - the reportedly Al-Quaeda financed 'Inspire Magazine' - has threatened Sweden with acts of terror. “It is time for the Swedish government to rethink its position towards Islam and the Muslims before Mujahedin strikes again” claims the magazine. Drawings and sculptures representing the Prophet Mohammed and the Swedish forces in Afghanistan are usually used as motives for Islamic threats against Sweden.
IKEA builds wind power stations in Sweden
We have earlier reported on IKEA's efforts to introduce solar power to many of its U.S. based stores, in, for instance, IKEA Tempe, Ariz. and several of its locations in the Pacific States. IKEA takes a different yet equally "green" road in Sweden and has invested several hundred million Swedish crowns in wind power. The idea is to make their seventeen Swedish stores self sufficient on energy. The wind power stations are expected to be ready to use in early 2012. Despite the big investment, IKEA believes they will cut the electricity bill enough to make it worth it.
Expensive to litter
Next time you’re about to throw garbage in the street in Sweden, be it a bottle or an ice-cream wrapper - watch out! You might be fined right away for as much as 800 SEK ($125). “We must all shape up and take responsibility for our actions,” says Andreas Carlgren, Minister for the Environment. The Swedish government want to introduce this new law in July of this year, and the model is Singapore, where people who make a litter have to pay high fines. “It’s a very clear signal,” continues Carlgren. “We aren’t doing this to make people pay a lot of money, but to make it clear that the littering has to stop.”
Foreign students reject Sweden
Lack of scholarships and high registration fees keep foreign students away from Swedish colleges and universities. Students from non-European countries used to be able to study in Sweden for free. But starting next fall, they will have to pay a minimum of 100 000 SEK ($15,603.54) in fees, which has led to a significant decrease in the number of foreign students in Sweden: From 132 000 last year to 31 400 this year. Only 5662 of them have paid the registration fee of 900 SEK ($140). Earlier on the subject of the new fees for foreign students Free Swedish degrees for 'bondage'