Event Start: 15 Feb 18 at 6:00 pm  |  Event End: 15 Feb 18 at 8:00 pm

‘Sweden, who would believe this!’: Mishcon Academy & UCL event


IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing,
Wilkins Building, UCL,
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT 

At a rally in mid-February 2017, Donald Trump said the following: ‘We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.’ This event examinded the image of Scandinavia in the age of fake news and took the form of a conversation between Carl Marklund, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen and Mart Kuldkepp, followed by a discussion involving the audience and a wine reception.

Carl Marklund is a historian at Södertörn University who has published extensively on contemporary Swedish history and politics. Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen is a senior lecturer in Scandinavian literature and Mart Kuldkepp a lecturer in contemporary Scandinavian history at UCL.

This event is part of our collaboration with UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) on the ‘Lies’ Programme. The programme considers the following issues pertinent to the law, our business, our clients and our lives:

  • Technologies of deception and denial, digital developments and the fabrication of facts, fictions, factoids and fibs
  • Alternative facts, post-truth, fake news, double-speak and misrepresentation
  • Ethics and honesty, withholding information and economising with the ‘truth’
  • Veridical evidence, witnessing, perjury, oaths and testimony, lying and the law

Find out more here.