Protesters in Baghdad, Iraq, stormed the Swedish Embassy in response to an anticipated Koran-burning event in Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden’s laws protect the right to hold public demonstrations, and blasphemy laws were abandoned in the country in the 1970s. Recently, Turkey removed its objection to Sweden joining NATO.
Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. It borders Norway to the west and north, Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by abridge–tunnel across the Öresund.