Meeting cancelled after Sylvi Listhaug claims there are 60 police ‘no-go zones’ in Sweden.
An outspoken Norwegian minister has sparked a sharp war of words with Sweden over immigration in an unusually public spat between the Nordic neighbours. Sylvi Listhaug, the immigration minister from the populist Progress party, has warned for months that Norway should not copy its neighbour and allow “Swedish conditions” to develop. That is code for the gang warfare, shootings, car burnings and other integration problems that Sweden has endured recently in the suburbs of its three largest cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.
But Ms Listhaug poured fuel on a simmering fire by travelling to Stockholm on Tuesday — less than two weeks before Norway votes in parliamentary elections — to visit one of the most violent suburbs, Rinkeby, in what she described as a “learning trip”. Sweden’s own immigration minister cancelled a meeting with Ms Listhaug after her Norwegian counterpart alleged there were 60 “no-go zones” in Sweden…