Disinfo: Christmas lights are banned in Sweden because of the Muslim communities


Christmas lights are banned in Sweden because of tolerance towards Muslim communities.


A recurring narrative about threatened values in the West. This disinformation story has been debunked before. The Swedish National Traffic Authority has refused some local communities, access to light poles, as they are not dimensioned for the decorations. The original news story (In Swedish) here. The decision is not related to any religious concerns. Further debunking by Viralgranskaren.


  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Sweden
  • Keywords: Christmas, Muslim/Islam, Christianity
  • Outlet: Riafan.ru
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