Recent polls reveal a surprising shift in viewpoints of Swedish people on the issue of diversity. There is an increasing hostility toward people who come from other cultures. The percentage of people in the Swedish population with extremely negative attitudes toward ethnic diversity has doubled since 2005. However, in comparison to other European nations, Swedes with hostility toward ethnic diversity represents a much smaller percent of the population than what is found in other European nations. Overall, the percent of Swedes expressing negative attitudes has risen from 3.6% in 2005 to 5.7% today. The most surprising numbers came from the increase in negative attitudes among women which rose from 2.3% to 4.1%.
However, despite these figures, Sweden is more open to ethnic diversity than most European nations and has welcomed immigrants from all over the world, including many from Iraq. Despite the figures there is no evidence Sweden has the deep hatred and hostilty toward foreigners that is found in nations like France.