Swedish school books are "discriminatory and insulting"

The Swedish National Agency for Education says it is worried about how certain groups of people are portrayed.

It studied twenty-four books used in secondary schools and looked at what children were taught about different ethnic and religious groups, gays, handicapped people and the role of women in society. The Agency says in many instances there were concerns about the stereotypes it found.

Examples given include too much focus on militant islam in history texts and what is described as a ”humiliating” photo of Swedish high-jumper Kajsa Bergqvist, in a biology book.