In response to Carl Bildt’s suggestion that Sweden would have given a finer account of itself against Nazi Germany, many pointed out Stockholm’s questionable World War II “neutrality”, which many see as outright collaboration with Hitler.
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt has enraged the Scandinavian country’s immediate neighbours by suggesting in a tweet that had Sweden been invaded by Nazi Germany, it would have fared better and put up a stronger fight than Denmark and Norway did.
In a tweet to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the invasion of Denmark and Norway, Carl Bildt, who served as prime minister between 1991 and 1994 and later as a foreign minister between 2006 and 2014 and remains active as a pundit and commenter, claimed that Nazi Germany and its leader Adolf Hitler would have struggled to invade Sweden in the same way.
On April 9, 1940, German troops first invaded Denmark, whose government capitulated after a only few hours for fear of the capital, Copenhagen, being bombed. On the same day, Norway was invaded; however, with British and French help, it was able to resist the Germans until June.
Sweden, by contrast, remained formally neutral, allowed Nazi Germany to use its railways to transport military personnel, weapons, and associated ammunition. Sweden also maintained its vast export of iron ore to Nazi Germany intact, thus fuelling its war machinerey.
These particular details were emphasised by enraged Danes and…