A past demonstration in Stockholm against racism. Photo: Bertil Ericson / SCANPIX

Intolerance is target of new inquiry

Racism and xenophobia are the focus of a new Swedish government inquiry, launched on Friday. Integration minister, Erik Ullenhag, explains in a press release that the study will gather information on intolerance and suggest ways to prevent it.

Last fall, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party got voted into Parliament for the first time. Ullenhag tells newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that the inquiry is not about or against that party. But he says since their election to the Riksdag, there's a greater need to stand up against intolerance.

Schools are seen as an important arena for changing attitudes. A survey by the Forum for Living History in Stockholm found that the opinion Swedish high school students have of Muslims and Jews has grown more negative.

Swedish Radio news reports that the Sweden Democrats see the inquiry as a way to put propaganda against their party into schools.

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