The phenomenon Soldiers of Odin is spreading and is now represented in eighteen countries worldwide, announces the vigilante group in several of its closed Facebook groups.
Apart from all five Nordic countries, the group, which was started in Finland last year, has also established itself in several other European countries and in the US, Canada and Australia.
In the US, Soldiers of Odin are now present in several states, including Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio. Even in Canada a number of local departments have established, from Alberta, west of the country to Quebec in the east.
In Australia there are groups in several cities, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adeleide and Perth.
On Facebook, a large number of false pages and groups that purport to represent the Soldiers of Odin have also emerged. These are often used to spread racist and Nazi messages by people with left-wing sympathies and other opponents of the group, in order to defame or joke about it.
Seventeen countries are officially approved by the organization's leadership in Finland, but more countries are waiting to be accepted. Spain and Hungary are two countries mentioned.
Soldiers of Odin is a controversial organization, among other things, it has been noted that several of those included in the groups in Norway and Sweden, earlier have been convicted of serious crime. Even in other countries it seems that people with a criminal history are attracted to the organization.
The leader of Soldiers of Odin in Sweden, Mikael Johansson, explains it like this:
- We, the Soldiers of Odin, do not think we have a lifetime punishment in Sweden because some have made mistakes earlier in life, says Johansson and adds:
- One can actually get a chance to do the right thing, and this is surely a good opportunity for convicted criminals to give back to the community.
The full list of countries where the group Soldiers of Odin has established (so far):
Denmark (on hold)
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