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Ygeman: People should not be afraid to visit Christmas markets in Sweden

Published tisdag 20 december 2016 kl 10.03
The popular Christmas market in Stockholm's old town.
The popular Christmas market in Stockholm's old town. Credit: FREDRIK SANDBERG / TT

The Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman, says the general public should not be afraid to attend the Christmas markets in Sweden and "not let threats, hatred or attacks to change our way of life".

Anders Ygeman states that Swedish authorities are in contact with the German police and security forces after Monday night's lorry attack that killed 12 in Berlin. He emphasizes that it has not altered the threat against Sweden.

TT: Should the public in Sweden draw any conclusions from the attack in Berlin when it comes to their own safety?

"No, at this point there is no reason to change their behavior or be afraid or worried about what happened in Germany."

He says that Swedes should continue to live their lives as normal.

"I believe that we must continue to live our lives the way we want and not let threats, hatred or attacks change our way of life. Otherwise we have already begun to give the terrorists a partial victory."

It is estimated that there are over 700 Christmas markets in Sweden this year.

In Autumn 2015 the terror threat level in Sweden was raised to four on a scale of five after the Paris attacks on 13 September and suspicions of a terrorist on Swedish soil. A few months later - in March 2016 - security police chief Anders Thornberg said that the threat level would drop down to the level that has existed in the country since autumn 2010: three on the five-point scale.

France says it will increase security at Christmas markets across the country after the Berlin incident, according to the BBC.

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