COVID-19 strategy darkens Sweden’s image in the Nordics

People enjoy the sun in Malmo, Sweden on April 5, 2020 after the pandemic had been declared. Sweden’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis has led to a more negative image of the country says a recent survey. (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency/Reuters)
    • A negative image of Sweden is growing in the Nordic countries, according to a survey by the Swedish Institute.
    • Around 4 out of 10 respondents had a worse image of Sweden in the past year, and the coronavirus strategy is a big reason.
    • “The Nordic countries are like a family, and sometimes you can see tension in the family ,” says Madeleine Sjöstedt at the Swedish Institute.

Radio Sweden report
For more on how the different Nordic countries perceive Sweden in the wake of the pandemic, listen here to Radio Sweden’s full report.
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