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US travel alert mentions Sweden

Published torsdag 4 maj kl 16.25
American tourist: We take general precautions.
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Stockholm's Old Town is popular among tourists. Credit: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Earlier this week, the US Department of State renewed its travel alert for people visiting Europe, warning of a "continued threat of terrorist attacks". In this advisory, Sweden is specifically mentioned.

A general travel alert, which mentions that organisations like al-Qaida and ISIS "have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe", has been issued by the State Department since November 2016. But in the update on the 1st of May, Sweden was individually named, alongside the UK, France, and Russia, as examples of where attacks have taken place and could take place in the future. 

Patric Nilsson, spokesperson at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, does not find it unusual that the country is mentioned in the travel alert.

"We issue similar travel alerts for quite a few countries in the world, with specific information of what one should pay attention to when travelling to a certain area. And we also say things like: avoid crowds and situations that seem odd. This is more or less what the US is saying to their travelers as well," he said.

It is still unclear how the terrorist attack in Stockholm at the beginning of April will affect the Swedish tourist industry. After similar attacks in Paris and Brussels, there were dips in the number of tourists, in particular from countries far away, like the US and Japan.

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