Here are some of today's news that caught my eye in our Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter:
1. The Swedish Foreign Ministry is sending three young Muslims, all familiar with the Arabic language, on a 9 day tour visiting the universities of Cairo, Suez and Amman. The trip according to our Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds, "is not a charm offensive. It is more serious than that. It is about bringing the issues to a more conscious level. There is a need for an exchange of experiences." The three Muslims, Nadja Jebril, Othman Tawalbeh and Hanin Shakrah all hope to be able to present a fairer picture of Sweden as opposed to the "anti-Islamic" perception of Sweden following the events in Denmark.
2. Police officers in Sweden are now officially allowed to wear a turban, headscarf or kippah whilst on duty after recent deliberations and discussions between the National Police Department and the Department dealing with ethnical discrimination.
3. At the grand mosque in Stockholm yesterday, a woman entered with her baby and left her to a lady in the prayer room saying she just had to get something and would be right back. The woman never returned. On the baby a note was attached saying she leaves the baby in the care of the mosque. Police still haven't heard from parents or relatives and the baby will now be placed in foster care with a Muslim family.