A 24-year-old Lebanese immigrant named Elias Kreidy, who has been given the honor "guest-tweeting" for the Swedish Institute, is behind the verbal abuse.
The Swedish Institute (Svenska institutet) is a stately-funded organization, whose goal is "Promoting Sweden and Swedish values globally," and "creating interest and confidence in Sweden and supporting Sweden's image abroad."
Elias Kreidy took over of the account on Monday and wasted no time in stirring a debate, tweeting, "I'm the immigrant f**king your daughter while you're trying to sleep ignoring her moans calling me ‘daddy'". Although that tweet was later deleted, Kreidy went on to taunt Swedes with a number of gibes.
I'm the immigrant who stole your job— @sweden / Elias (@sweden) 23 марта 2016 г.
I'm the immigrant who stole your education— @sweden / Elias (@sweden) 23 марта 2016 г.
I'm the immigrant who will probably employ your poor ass when you'll be looking for a job— @sweden / Elias (@sweden) 23 марта 2016 г.
Kreidy went on to suggest that Swedes are "racists" and pointed out that they are not the original inhabitants of the country.
According to the far right web newspaper Fria Tider, The Swedish Institute responded to the controversy by insisting that is was a matter of individual views and refused to delete the tweets unless they were deemed to be "really offensive," giving Kreidy the freedom to carry on "guest-tweeting."
By way of contrast, last December, Sweden's top public broadcaster SVT issued a new language manual, discouraging its employees from using the word "immigrant" because it might be seen as politically incorrect, while also prohibiting the terms "black" and "dark skinned" because they may "arouse criticism," as well as stressing a person's ethnic background altogether.