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Swedish Minister Annika Strandhäll Says the Country’s Elderly are the Problem and Not Refugees

Interesting body language exhibited by Swedish Social Affairs Minister Annika Strandhäll during her visit to Bergviken's elderly residence in Luleå. PHOTO: Lennart Jönsson/

By Joshua Cullen | 29 April 2018

VOICE OF EUROPE — Sweden’s Minister of Social Affairs, Annika Strandhäll, told newspaper Aftonbladet that the country’s elderly and not refugees, are overloading the healthcare system.

The Swedish health care system is so overloaded that the care queues for surgery are so long that patients literally start to rot, Aftonbladet reported earlier.

Strandhäl is convinced this is not due to mass migration to Sweden. When readers of Aftonbladet claim that it is the acceptance of refugees that has made Swedish healthcare worse, the minister answers:

“That’s not true, that’s not true! We have a rapidly aging population in Sweden. Life expectancy increases by 3.5 hours a day and we have a larger number of chroniclers with life-long relationships with healthcare today than 30 years ago.”

According to Strandhäll, “the number of people aged 70 years and older will increase by 300,000 by 2025. That is the big problem, according to her. Refugee reception has nothing to do with it”.


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