On 28 November, the Swedish committee, since its inception during the summer of 2009 under the leadership of county governor Eva Eriksson, delivered its final report – SOU 2011:75 (SOU = Official Reports of the Swedish Government). This 1100-page document calls for the government to among other things:
The following story sets a new low watermark for the Swedish justice system. On 13 November 2008, the father of a family living in Gothenburg had picked up his four months old son from his crib when he heard something snap, after which his son burst in tears. It turned out the toddler had broken his arm, and quickly they’re off to the ER, which concludes that the boy will recover. Per government regulation, the health care staff still file a report to the social services about the damage the toddler had suffered in his own home, one they deliver the following day. The same day, the 14th of November, they also make an appointment with specialists to investigate the boy for brittle bones, but this will be over two months into the future.
Since 1 November 2010, the Swedish government maintains a complete registry over all apartments in Sweden, and information about this is available on the Lantmäteriet website at http://www.lantmateriet.se/templates/LMV_Product.aspx?id=17139. This registry can be examined together with the population registration to learn about the interior of a person’s home, another registry that a resident of Sweden can’t opt out of. The population registration contains full name, personal ID number, address, unique apartment number (from the apartment registry) as well as family information. The apartment registry contains among other things this data:
Just now I noticed there was a new announcement out in the stairwell. I thought at first it was something important, then I found it was some recommendations on water usage that I sure as hell won’t follow:
The County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen)… and my cats
The authorities must love me for some reason. During the first week of August of 2010, my half-sister dumped her cats on me since she was going to be ‘preoccupied’ during the next couple of months. I like cats, so that’s no problem – I get her litter box and buy some cat food and sand, expecting care-free temporary ownership of these cats, cuddling them a bit now and then and keeping them fed. I don’t like having my night’s sleep disturbed, however, so when I go to bed I lure them outside and place the food bowls there, then locking the balcony door. My apartment is on the ground floor, and the cats can run out freely through a hole in the balcony, hence it seems just fine in my eyes. Sometimes the cat meow a little when I leave them outside, but I figure this might be a good opportunity for them to go catch rats or something.