Mr Saker had studied the code of the Swedish Transport Board before he submitted his likeness. It required a photo to be submitted that was a recent likeness. But nowhere did specify that the photograph had to be of the subject.
So Mr Saker thought a photograph of a self-portrait would do just as well.
As countries run low on money, they have to decide what expenditure should be cut, and what is the core that should be protected. In Sweden, the state pensions have been held sacrosanct. That, they decided, is what it’s all about. That’s the expenditure that matters. How has your country decided its priorities? Where does the axe fall?
Sweden now has a gender-neutral pre-school called Egalia, where kids are called, not “boys” and “girls”, but “friends”. Non-stereotypical play is welcomed, maybe even encouraged (the Lego and the kitchen toys are intentionally kept beside each other).
Gender is an important part of most people’s identity, but it’s probably a good thing that kids are taught not to focus on it as the most important way to categorise people.