The Swedish government has decided to strengthen border controls and take other measures to address the threat currently facing the country. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party) and Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer (Moderate Party) presented the new measures at a press conference on Tuesday.
One of the most important measures is to strengthen internal border controls. A decision on this is expected to be taken on Thursday.
– It is extremely important to stop dangerous people from coming to Sweden, Kristersson said.
He stressed that Sweden is in a “dangerous situation”. The prime minister also mentioned the government’s plans to amend the Public Order Act to prevent the burning of the Koran.
– This is not about restricting freedom of expression, he said.
The 15 authorities involved in the Counter-Terrorism Coordination Council have also been tasked with strengthening their counter-terrorism work.
Kristersson was also asked about Richard Jomshof’s statements on Islam and the Social Democrats’ demands to remove the top Sweden Democrat from the post of chair of the justice committee.
– I think everyone in Sweden, including Richard Jomshof, should think twice before expressing themselves. No government tells the parliament what to do. Least of all a prime minister. I don’t interfere with which committee chairs the parliament has, Kristersson said.