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What really happened last night in Sweden

Published torsdag 7 september kl 17.02
Jeppe Wikström:This is a counterweight to the alt-right attacks on Sweden
(6:34 min)
Tuesday night in Jönköping. Every Tuesday, 30 members of a citizens' association meet at the Rosenlund Bath House to swim like mermaids.
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Tuesday night in Jönköping. Every Tuesday, 30 members of a citizens' association meet at the Rosenlund Bath House to swim like mermaids. Credit: Jonas Lindkvist, courtesy of publisher Max Ström
Simon Siikavuopio has driven his snowmobile out onto the Köakämä river. where in early May, the ice is half a metre thick. The isolated village of Naimakka in the far north of Sweden is 250 kilometres from the nearest town, Kiruna.
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Simon Siikavuopio has driven his snowmobile out onto the Köakämä river. where in early May, the ice is half a metre thick. The isolated village of Naimakka in the far north of Sweden is 250 kilometres from the nearest town, Kiruna. Credit: Magnus Sundberg, courtesy of Max Ström.
Publisher/photographer and initiator of 'Last Night in Sweden', Jeppe Wikström.
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Publisher/photographer and initiator of Last night in Sweden, Jeppe Wikström. Credit: Erik G Svensson/Max Ström
A young boy reads the post-it notes on the spot where a terrorist's hijacked truck crashed into the side of a department store.
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A young boy reads the post-it notes on the spot where a terrorist's hijacked truck crashed into the side of a department store. Credit: Erik G Svensson, courtesy of Max Ström.
A young woman is about to give birth to the first child to be born in Sweden to a family that fled from the Congo conflict.
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A young woman is about to give birth to the first child to be born in Sweden to a family that fled from the Congo conflict. Credit: Anette Nantell, courtesy of Max Ström.
Friday night in Fittja, a group of 40 women volunteer as 'nightwlkers' to keep an eye on the neighbourhood's youth and help prevent conflicts.
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Friday night in Fittja, a group of 40 women volunteer as 'nightwalkers' to keep an eye on the neighbourhood's youth and help prevent conflicts. Credit: Anette Nantell, courtesy of Max Ström.

Donald Trump's "look at what happened last night in Sweden" comment earlier this year has provoked a fresh response in book form.

Last Night in Sweden chronicles what really happened "last night" in Sweden - mermaids swimming, arm-wrestling and flat-hunting. 

President Donald Trump's speech in Florida on the night of February 17 warning that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants and implied that the country had suffered an immigration-related security incident the night before left many Swedes baffled.

While Trump later admitted that his statement was in reference to a story on immigrants and Sweden he had seen on Fox News, the message that Sweden was a country racked with racial tension, violence and class conflict made headlines around the world.

Now, a new book has been published, Last night in Sweden, which shows images from some of Sweden's best-known photographers, taken during the spring of 2017, depicting everyday life in Sweden, from rural villages to big cities, far-removed from the hard-hitting news headlines. The book has been posted to the White House.

The initiator of the book project, photographer and publisher Jeppe Wikström, tells Radio Sweden that they wanted to send a message to the US President.

This is a counterweight to the alt-right attacks on Sweden."

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