Sweden’s prime minister has defended his comments that the country’s current events were caused by racism, but his remarks came amid mounting calls for him to resign.
Key points:Sweden’s PM says racism in Sweden is “a problem of the past”The prime minister said there was “no reason” to be “racist” during a rally on SaturdayThe prime minster said “racism” is “not a problem of today”But the comments sparked a wave of criticism and led to calls for his resignation.
Sweden has had a turbulent past with racial tensions, including a spate of racist attacks on immigrants in the 1990s.
President Stefan Lofven has since stepped down after an investigation found the comments were “incorrect”.
Lofven’s comments came as he faced growing calls to resign following a spate for him and other politicians to resign amid mounting racist incidents.
The prime ministers statement came as Swedish police confirmed they were investigating two separate cases of racist vandalism.
Swedish police spokesman Lars Lundgren said the first incident happened on Saturday in the city of Malmö when a man broke into a home with a hammer, a metal pole and a crowbar.
The second incident took place in Gothenburg when a white man threw a rock through the window of a Swedish university building.
Lofvans remarks came after he was asked by reporters if he was racist, and whether the recent wave of racist incidents was a result of racism in the country.
“I’m not racist.
The situation of racism and the problems it causes are a problem which we have in our country.
There are no reason to be racist,” he said.
Loftus has also said he was not racist, saying that “racists do not see any difference” between people of different races and ethnicities.
“If you are racist you don’t see anything,” he added.
“It is just a matter of the way people are living their lives.
It is not a question of racial difference.”
Sweden is one of Europe’s most racially diverse countries.
The country’s unemployment rate is at just under 10%, and it has had no major terrorist attacks in recent years.
However, many Swedes believe the country has become increasingly less welcoming to immigrants.
A recent survey showed that nearly half of Swedes feel they have experienced racial discrimination.
In recent years, Swedish voters have backed a number of populist and anti-immigration parties, which have often taken centre stage in the political debates of recent years in Sweden.