Frank Lindblad, child psychiatrist and professor emeritus, writes in Dagens Nyheter, that the second verse of the national anthem “incites displeasure.”
He himself “consistently refuses to sing” the verse, which begins with the lines: “You believe in memories from ancient times, when your name flew over the earth”.
According to Frank Lindblad, the second verse is not only outdated, but it is “more serious than that”:
“I think it is strange that we should dedicate one of two verses in our national anthem to celebrate our ‘great power era’, a period when the Swedish army invaded and plundered other countries. Can we then with maintained credibility criticize states that today annex parts “by other countries or advocates violence to spread their religion? Can a national team and an audience sing it with conviction before international matches against, for example, Ukraine and Norway?”
Lindberg has undertaken to write his own modern verse that can replace the old one and that expresses that “prejudice and discrimination must be counteracted”. This is how it reads:
“We are shaping our country into a port of freedom
We want to safeguard respect for others
We give our children life in the arms of security
For Sweden, we are happy to make an effort (twice) “
Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.
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