At least Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg is honest about what he wants and what his government is doing. It doesn't seem to occur to him that turning Sweden into Nigeria, a country forever on the verge of a civil war between Christians and Muslims, whose only saving grace is its oil industry, and which is best known for its internet scammers, is going to do more than bring colorful clothing to Oslo streets.
Sweden’s minister of Finance, Anders Borg is visiting Africa. He is giving an interview with Expressen [Swedish tabloid newspaper] on the bus in Lagos. Borg looks out the window, sees all the colours and looks forward to the day when Sweden will become just as multicoloured.
It is one thing that he believes that Africa will become more influential in the global market, and that economic growth will occur on the African continent. It is something completely different to wish for Africa to come to Sweden. It is reminiscent of Mona Sahlin’s comments about ‘corny’ Sweden. Swedish culture was nothing compared to foreign cultures; hence one should simply be grateful for the enrichment. Borg’s comments have similar connotations.
“Look at all the beautiful colours the women here are wearing. Within ten years this is what it is going to look like all over Europe. Back home it’s so bleak and dreary the colours are devoid of life. When our children grow up there will be between 1.5 to 2 billion people in Africa and we will continue to be 500 million. That is going to have a huge impact on our trends."
“Europe will become a better place, a more multicultural place,” he continues.
“That Africa is becoming more influential can be observed in popular music among other areas. But I think it will really dawn on us when we start to see African fast food chains in Stockholm.”
Resistance is futile. You will be diversified.