What do they have in common, Loreen — the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, the famous football player Zlatan Ibrahimović and Her Royal Majesty Queen Silvia? They are all Swedish. But they are not Swedes. Or — as someone likes to call them, when talking about unemployment, living on social, and committing crimes — Loreen, Zlatan and Silvia are not ethnically Swedish.
Loreen parents were both born in Morocco, Zlatan has a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother, and it is well known that Her Majesty Silvia Sommerlath was herself born in Germany, from a very German
parents* father and a Brazilian mother. (* thanks to a reader for the correction)
Double moral standards
Still, in socially acceptable Swedish conversations — a form of communication in which a person talk common sense, and others express their agreement saying just “ah,” or eventually “jaha” — in such acceptable conversations, Silvia, Zlatan and Loreen are always referred to as Swedish Swedes. And we are very proud of them.
However, when it comes to not-so-famous human beings, ethnicity counts again.
Double moral standards are not an exclusive of Swedish society.The difference with other countries, though, is that Swedes get particularly upset if a non-ethnically-Swede dares to point out that there is, actually, racism in the way Swedes with a diverse background are treated.
Like it or not.
Oh, yes, and Loreen has dark hair and a fringe. All good reasons to like her.