Paul Rapacioli is the co-founder of the European news network The Local, and the author of Good Sweden, Bad Sweden: The Use and Abuse of Swedish Values in a Post-Truth World (2018). (February 2018)

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How Sweden Became a Symbol

Young refugees baking Christmas cookies with Swedish volunteers at a transit center for unaccompanied asylum seekers in Malmö, Sweden, 2015

When the march of progressivism seemed inexorable, Sweden was happy to play poster child and humbly let uninformed outsiders label the place a social paradise. Now that the spread of progressive values around the world is facing its stiffest test in decades, Sweden finds itself on the front line. And for the traditionalists seeking to reverse the liberal trend, to show that Sweden is failing offers an effective way to shortcut the argument.