Strange Swedish news: Wild elk shot in Stockholm

This is the first post in a new series focusing on the Strange Swedish news stories that seem to pop up every once in a while. They are generally unbelievable and can only happen in Sweden. If I miss any, please let me know.

A wild elk is shot by police in this photo taken by Hasse Holmberg from Scanpix and published in

Let’s admit it, all countries have clichés and stereotypes. Sweden has its fair share. Blondes, Swedish meatballs, herring, Abba, polar bears in streets, wild elk shot to death in water while trying to escape Stockholm for a suburb,……wait, what?

Yes, it’s true. The same day Swedes wildly mourned the Swedish Democrats’ (an extreme right wing party) entrance into Parliament, they were forced to accept another loss — that of a wild elk who was shot down while trying to escape Stockholm.

According to reports, the elk was stressed, jumped in the water, and began to swim to a suburb, before the police shot it.

There have been other, unfounded reports, that the elk in fact wanted to commit suicide upon hearing that his home country’s Parliament was now populated with 20 representatives from a racist, anti-immigrant political party.