Sweden votes to pay Somalia’s IMF debt

Sweden votes to pay Somalia’s IMF debt, by Michael Lord.

Sweden’s Parliament voted yesterday to pay 21 million Swedish kronor (approximately 2 million euros) of the African nation of Somalia’s debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). …

The Parliament’s decision was especially strange considering that the world is currently entering the worst economic downturn that it has seen in the last century as a result of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Could have gone to pensions, but Somalia is more important than old people who have worked all their lives and paid huge sums in taxes,” one critic of the decision commented on Twitter.

Seems an oddly over-generous thing to do, until you take into account the fruits of Sweden’s self-image as the world’s humanitarian superpower:

Somalis are one of Sweden’s largest immigrant communities. It has been estimated that there are currently 60,000 Somalis living in Sweden, many of them in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb which has been dubbed “little Mogadishu.” Last year Mona Walter, a Somali woman living in Sweden who was raised as a Muslim but then rebelled against her upbringing and converted to Christianity, predicted that in fifty years, if present trends continue, Sweden will become fully Islamicized, both demographically and culturally.

What’s got into Sweden? Are they suicidal? Are the Swedish men all depressed?

Progress:

You can take these guys out of Mogadishu, but you can’t take Mogadishu out of these guys