The point was to calm people down, to lay out a smokescreen while letting the virus do what a virus does. And Anders Tegnell was the perfect man for the job.
Sverigebilden in Germany:Video in German - with German subtitles.The virus has a tight grip on Sweden. Does SARS-CoV-2 show the limits of "Sweden's exceptional way"? Swedish society has been deeply divided by the debate about the price of personal freedom.
Sweden is seen as a pioneer in political and cultural issues, its society as open and liberal. But the self-confidence of the moral superpower is under attack. Will the corona pandemic change Sweden permanently?
Markus Lanz talks with the doctor and state epidemiologist of the Swedish Public Health Authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten), Anders Tegnell, the architect of the Swedish anti-corona strategy, which for a long time relied on the voluntary measures of the population. Doctors at Stockholm's Karolinska University Hospital report on the progress of the pandemic from the frontline and provide insight into the controversial political debate about the right measures in the struggle against COVID-19.
Historian Lars Trägerårdh analyzes the serious effects that the pandemic has on Swedish society and its self-image. Nils Stenberg, manager of the world's largest ore mine in Kiruna, outlines the negative consequences of the corona pandemic on large parts of the Swedish economy.
Markus Lanz – Sweden unvarnished (ZDF.de, 11 März, 2021)
It is especially intriguing to hear what a German doctor, living and working in Sweden, can tell us about the conditions:Somebody else, a Swede, says:- The whole pandemic situation presented Sweden to me as almost fatalistic. They said, "Yes, it comes from above, so to speak. There's nothing we can do."
- Death is also a part of life.
- A little like that, too. I was standing there in the ward with the old people, trying to explain to the staff: "Don't panic. Please don't flee. Don't leave the old people alone and wear a mask." "What do you mean, masks? We don't have any masks."
- What was it like when you were, so to speak, on the other side?
- I suddenly had the terrible feeling of being alilen. I never felt alien in all the years I was here. And then I suddenly felt very alone with my criticism. I spent a lot of time warning. I was here as a chief physician. And very early on, they said to me that if I was too scared, I could apply for psychological help ...
- Did the media ask for critical comments?
- At first, not at all. No, not at all. As hospital staff, we were even told to refer all contacts to the medie to one person who represented the region, and that we ourselves under no circumstances talk to the media. And I didn't get much support from the colleagues. People always said, "In this situation, it is important that we believe what the authorities tell us. That is especially important in a crisis. We shouldn't contradict them. That will only only make the staff uneasy."Somebody should translate the German subtitles into Swedish. VetCov19 must have access to a professional translator.- You know, in Sweden people all hide behind each other. The government is hiding behind Tegnell, and then they refer to the region and the local authorities. That is definitely the way it is. Nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody has the courage. We haven't had strong political leadership for a very long time.
Well, now I have translated a few minutes into English.
By the way, I am not sure that 'strong political leadership' is a desirable alternative. The Germans know why. But something may have been lost in translation.