FACT CHECK: Does Video Show There Are More Immigrants In Sweden Than Swedes?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a video of a city in Sweden which has been completely “occupied” by foreigners.

Verdict: False

The video was taken in Syria, not Sweden.

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The Facebook post purports the country of Sweden has been overrun by immigrants with very few Swedish people visible. The video is taken by a man walking down a street in which a downtown city market is taking place.

“This is Sweden in 2023,” the caption reads. “Notice the lack of actual Swedes. Sweden is an occupied country. A once beautiful country.”

The claim is inaccurate. A reverse image search found the original video was posted on YouTube in 2022 titled, “Aleppo Downtown Walking tour, Abbara Market | Syria 2022.”

The video shows a sculpture that is a landmark in the city of Aleppo, not Sweden. A stock image of Aleppo shows the sculpture and the shopping mall behind it.

There is no credible news report that suggests this video was taken in Sweden. (RELATED: Did RFK Jr. Meet With Then-President Trump To Lead A Vaccine Safety Commission?)

This is not the first time a misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas misled the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the status of the southern border.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter