Norwegians Invade Strömstad, Army Called In
Just as expected, the Swedish border town of Strömstad was filled with drunken Norwegians on Maundy, or Holy, Thursday. But this year the city officials found an alternative way to combat the drunk and disorderly mood around town. They called in the army. The Salvation Army, that is.
200-300 soldiers from the Salvation Army held a brass band festival in the city and were out on town, playing to Swedes and Norwegians alike.
The city centre was closed off to traffic, to ward off the mainly Norwegian parade of cars that traditionally cruises through the town. But the police told Swedish news agency TT that ordinary Strömstad residents were let through by police. The head of culture and communications for the city council, Jan Palmblad, was not worried about how police would recognize who is a local and who is a Norwegian.
”The latter are generally the noisy ones, playing loud music, shouting and waving the Norwegian flag.”
Around 20 Norwegians were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, the rest of the rowdy Norwegians then moved on from the Swedish town to its Norwegian neighbour of Halden.