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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, December 19, 2008

Sweden needs clear anti-discrimination rules

Foreigners and people with un-Swedish names have a hard time finding a job or a place to live in Sweden. Dagens Nyheter calls for clear rules for equal treatment: "Several studies have shown that a foreign-sounding name will decrease a person's chances of being invited to a job interview or to visit a flat. The ombudsman against ethnic discrimination yesterday presented a report reconfirming these findings for the housing market. The ombudsman correctly points out that many landlords lack clear rules on things like waiting lists, for example. That allows them to discriminate at will. To have equal treatment we need clear rules. Establishing these is not always easy, but it should be easier for rentals than for job interviews."

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