Traveling to Stockholm in late May. We are worried about resent events and wondering whether to go. Is it safe enough for us? Also,which airport should we fly into from US. We are about to make our reservations.
My good friend lives in Stockholm with her two small children, per her, it's very safe.
Despite of what Fox News might tell you, Stockholm is still one of the safest cities in the world. The events in Cologne, if those are the events you are refering to, where isolated incidents, that have been blown up in the media. They also happen thousands of kms away in a completely different country I might ad. Let me put this in perspective, should I be worried about visiting American National Parks after armed terrorists took over that NP in Oregon?
I'm not trying to say that Sweden has not had problems with the recent influx of immigrants, but as a tourist chances are you won't even notice it.
I came on here to post this very same question after news about this latest attack came out: http://www.thelocal.se/20160130/masked-marchers-beat-migrants-in-stockholm-centre
My husband and I were planning on traveling through Scandinavia this summer via train with a stay in Stockholm for four days. Now I am concerned about what has been happening in the city. Is this another case of the media blowing the events out of proportion or are there really roving gangs of neo-nazis and migrant youths? I am especially concerned about the neo-nazi gangs beating anyone who did not look "Swedish," as I am Latina/Asian. Am I going to face racism in the major Scandinavian cities like Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen because of the growing anti-immigrant sentiment? We travelled in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands before and I never felt like I was treated any differently, but that was a few years ago.
Chiasmus despite the alarming nature of the attacks on migrants by hooligans this week, events like these are still extraordinary events, which is also why it gets that kind of news coverage. I was in Stockholm in Novembe rand again this week, just two days before the incident and I did'nt notice any immigrant or hooligan gangs, neither at the train station or in the old town. Despite these events Stockholm is still a very safe city in my view. As long as you are aware, take precartions and stay away from large gatherings and demonstrations, chances are you won't notice a thing. These things rarely happen where tourists usually go.
Regarding racism, the anti immigrant sentiment that's been growing across Scandinavia is directed at immigrants, not tourist. Most people are able to tell the difference between a tourist and an immigrant especially since most people you will deal with are in the service industri and are used to tourists. The anti immigrant sentiment is indeed growing, but it is still only a minority who share the more extreeme views. Most people don't share these views.
"...roving gangs of neo-nazi and migrant youths?" Are these two going to go at each other? One group is dead set against the other, the other group has no intention of assimilating.