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Presupposition # 10 – The Stockholm Syndrome

The Stockholm Syndrome refers back to the robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in the centre of Stockholm. The event took place from August 23 to August 28 1973. The bank robbers held the bank employees hostage and the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day night mare. Since then it’s called the Stockholm Syndrom when the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker.

Wyatt Cenac from The Daily Show traveled in April 2009 to Stockholm to test the hypothesis of  “Sweden – the socialist nightmare” which was based on the presupposition (something tacitly assumed beforehand) that it’s difficult to live in Sweden. Watch the two episodes where he desparately seeks support for his presuppositions. During the first one he amongst others visits Scania Trucks and pop star Robyn’s place. In the second part he meets a former Swedish minister and Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba.

Great reports and lots of fun.

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