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Is Sweden becoming unsafe?

Sweden’s reputation as a safe country of blond, fit people has been taking a hit of late: what is going on?

Episode 199 – Sweden’s descent into violence, terrorist and otherwise

I would imagine for most people Sweden has a reputation for healthy living (how many Canadians remember the ‘Participaction’ commercials of the 1970s where a 60-year old Swede was presented as in better shape than a 30-year old Canadian?) and vast boreal forests (kinda like Canada, our fitness levels notwithstanding!). Of late, however, the country has experienced jihadi attacks and a wave of serious criminal activity, some tied to organised gangs. Normally seen as ‘tolerant’, there is growing opposition to immigration in the country. Borealis is joined by a Swedish lawyer to discuss what is happening in the Nordic nation.

About my guest

Jan Tibbling is a defence lawyer in Stockholm. He is a former Chief public prosecutor at the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, Head of operational team of 60 within financial crime, international asset recovery specialist (former CARIN contact and steering group member), AML/CFT expert, FATF assessor (Austria 2016), the former head of international cooperation at the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, Bitcoin specialist, a former judge and a member of the Swedish Bar Association (commercial law).

Heavily-armed police patrolling shopping centres in Skåne over Christmas РRadio Sweden | Sveriges Radio

Justice minister: Denmark’s Quran burning ban won’t affect review of Swedish laws – Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio

Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation and as a multilingual analyst at CSE (Communications Security Establishment) from 1983-2001. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.