Abuse and shame the legacies of Sweden’s old assimilation polices: report

The Riksdag, the parliament of Sweden. (Anyck Béraud/Radio-Canada)
  • Speakers of the Meänkieli language in Sweden were subjected to physical and emotional abuse, and even racial biology examinations.
  • That’s part of the evidence collected by a truth and reconciliation commission looking at historical assimilation policies targeting Tornedalians, Kvens and Lantalainen, minority groups based mostly in northern Sweden and along the Finnish border.
  • ”Their mother tongue, Meänkieli, became something they started to feel shamed of,” says Anna-Lena Sjölund, one of the commission’s secretaries. A similar truth commission for the Sami people is also currently underway.
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For more on Sweden’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Tornedalians, Kvenes and Lantalainen, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report

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