Infographic: Star Trek Explains Local Swedish Politics

The image of the day is an infographic from today’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, which has a two page spread using Star Trek characters to explain how municipal politics work in the town of Lund.


Star Trek explains Swedish politics

If you were perusing the news in Sweden today, you may have come across this…

Star Trek explains Swedish municipal politics – Click to enlarge

The scan of this graphic was sent in by TrekMovie reader Kristofer Håkansson, who explains what is going on:

In today’s south-Swedish newspaper "Sydsvenskan" I was happily surprised by a big double-sided Star Trek graphic explaining how local politics work (in the town of Lund). The header says "Kommunen (swedish word for city/communal/municipal) – this is how it works – from idea to playground." The graphic explains how an idea by citizens, to build a playground on an old industrial site, is handled within local politics, to finally get reality. Various local politicians are given a familiar Star Trek-alias. Also the different departments have a familiar face. For example Riker can be seen in the department of culture. But most important is the choice of head of city government (municipal) who is portrayed as Klingon! So again it is the Klingons taking over!


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Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
September 15, 2010 5:32 pm

Ok. Enough of the Klingons taking over. This is the Terran Empire and we will conquer the Klingon Empire once and for all. But. That is pretty cool.

September 15, 2010 5:43 pm

Well again we see how trek shows us new and great ideas to apply to everyday living. Very cool. But the klingons? Oh well Mike said he will deal with them LOL PS I enjoy your posts from the mirrorverse!

September 15, 2010 6:13 pm

Feel free to correct me, as I do not read Swedish or anything, but isn’t that THOMAS Riker, not Commander William T. Riker?

TJ Trek
September 15, 2010 6:15 pm

Maybe we are just in an alternate universe were the ancient Klingon microbs were the progenetor of the human race, and now our next evolutionary advance will be turtle heads. (I’m just thinking outside of the box here)

September 15, 2010 6:44 pm

Didn’t know the Swedish loved Trek so much.

September 15, 2010 6:45 pm

Jeez, even in Sweden they reverse the shot and mess-up the unis.

September 15, 2010 7:37 pm

Thomas Riker!?! That bastard! Never trusted him. Here he is impersonating his twin AGAIN!!

September 16, 2010 4:03 am


September 16, 2010 9:18 am

The deflector dish is missing and blue plasma fire is coming out of the shuttle bay….oh no!!!! It’s a *disastah!*

September 16, 2010 11:52 am


Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yer?

See the løveli lakes

The wonderful telephøne system

And mani interesting furry animals

Including the majestic møøse

A Møøse once bit my sister …

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse
with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given
her by Svenge – her brother-in-law – an Oslo dentist and
star of many Norwegian møvies: “The Høt Hands of an Oslo
Dentist”, “Fillings of Passion”, “The Huge Mølars of Horst

September 16, 2010 2:27 pm

I’m inerested to see what the roleof Spock is AND is there any reason as to why he is wearing the STIV robes?

September 16, 2010 4:19 pm

#10 those are Norwegian/Danish O’s! Swedish has only the umlauted O!

WHAT? Andorians get CHILD-REARING? LMAO. Maybe something to do with Andorian kids having 4 parents….

Red Dead Ryan
September 16, 2010 8:05 pm


He just stepped out of the shower! :-)

September 17, 2010 3:56 am

This is great stuff. I had no idea that all the Star Trek was so popular and well known in Sweden.

September 17, 2010 8:25 am

#14 It’s not.

Compared to Star Wars for example ST stands no chance.

I was very surprised when i reed this! Very funny idea! :)

/Swedish Guy

September 17, 2010 8:32 am

Oh! Another funny thing, just this morning I heard the Social Democrats criticizing the current administration with the phrase “The Alliance (the right and center parties) job policy is based on Star Trek metaphors”.

I wonder what they meant? ^^

/Swedish Guy

September 17, 2010 9:50 am


Mind you moose bytes kan be nazti

September 17, 2010 9:27 pm

Sorry, but it’s only 6.26 am here…

Perhaps is there no deflector dish because they think there is no obstacle to avoid on their trajectory…

I think it’s Thomas Riker, due to the color of his uniform.But I am very happy to see that Star Trek became a part of the European Culture too.

I just enjoy….

September 18, 2010 10:03 am

“I’m inerested to see what the roleof Spock is AND is there any reason as to why he is wearing the STIV robes?”

Spock is in charge of questions regarding senior citizens and disabled people.

September 18, 2010 8:47 pm

#12 — OK, Salander, I didn’t write it. Take it up with Monty Python. Better bring a shrubbery. ;)