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Last updated: 6 8 2019

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News from Radio Sweden

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This is the latest news from Radio Sweden. We have used the Swedish newsfeed if your language is not availa​ble.

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No consensus yet in committee tasked to overhaul migration policy

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:17:00 GMT+2

The parliamentary committee on migration was intended to create a cross-party agreement on a new immigration policy. However, with the committee's final meeting coming up on Friday, no agreement is in sight.

Parks or not? Changing nature of Sweden's cemeteries sparks debate

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:12:00 GMT+2

The growing population density of Swedish cities means that cemeteries are increasingly being used as parks, but not everyone agrees if it's appropriate or not.

Covid-19 spurs growth in online therapy for mental health care

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:34:00 GMT+2

Companies offering therapy online are seeing patients and therapists flock to them in greater numbers as the coronavirus takes its toll on people's mental health.

185,000 left waiting for medical operations as virus is prioritised

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:50:00 GMT+2

Sweden's local health authorities prioritisation of tackling the coronavirus has left at least 185,000 people waiting for their surgical procedure.

No arrests in shooting death of 12-year-old in southern Stockholm

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:54:00 GMT+2

Police have made no arrests as of yet after a 12-year-old girl was fatally shot at a petrol station in Botkyrka, a southern suburb of Stockholm.

State dental funding support withdrawn from six Swedish clinics

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:05:00 GMT+2

Sweden's Social Insurance Agency has decided to stop supplying state dental care support to six dental clinics, with the move motivated in some cases by clinics fraudulently claiming state financial support for dental care that was never carried out.

Tegnell: New measures "not necessary" as Sweden's infection rate slows

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:17:00 GMT+2

The Public Health Agency has suggested that Sweden is currently bucking the European trend of an acceleration in new Covid-19 cases. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told Radio Sweden that there are several aspects of the country's strategy that other countries "should and could learn from" and that new measures, like face-mask recommendations, are not relevant for Sweden right now.

Fourteen sentenced to prison in Gothenburg drug trafficking trial

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:50:00 GMT+2

Fourteen people have been handed prison sentences as a major drugs trial reached its conclusion in Gothenburg District Court Friday morning.

Swedish film shoots continue but cinema releases pile up

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:27:00 GMT+2

From 30 to just 10 film releases a year. The Swedish film industry has not been unaffected by Covid-19, but the lack of a lockdown gave producers more freedom than elsewhere.

Photographer Elisabeth Ohlson: why Pride still matters

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:24:00 GMT+2

Elisabeth Ohlson is a Swedish photographer who is exhibiting some of her work in the Markus Church in Stockholm as part of the Pride celebrations.

Coronavirus effect causes traffic decline on Sweden's roads

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:23:00 GMT+2

Traffic on Sweden's roads has dropped significantly this year, down 10 percent on the busiest roads compared to last year despite more Swedes vacationing at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Verdict due in Gothenburg drug network trial

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:51:00 GMT+2

The verdict in a major drugs trial is due to come in Gothenburg on Friday, a case involving 15 people charged with aggravated drug smuggling and aggravated drug crimes. Several of the accused are believed to be connected to the Nigerian crime network Black Axe.

Work from home recommendation extended to end of year, says Tegnell

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:34:00 GMT+2

Swedish health officials extended their "work from home" recommendation on Thursday, asking those who can do their job remotely to do so until the end of the year.

Unexcavated Swedish archeological objects degrading fast, researcher warns

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:08:00 GMT+2

There are concerns that the contents of many of Sweden and the world's ancient archaeological sites are rotting away due to human activity, and the contents could soon be gone for good.

Stockholm Pride goes digital due to coronavirus concerns

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:09:00 GMT+2

The Pride parade has been a fixture of the Stockholm summer ever since the first one was held under that name in 1998. But this year is different. The largest pride parade in the Nordic region is moving online - given concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost 270,000 new student admissions in Sweden

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:12:00 GMT+2

Almost 270,000 people have been admitted to Sweden's university colleges for the forthcoming autumn term, new statistics from the Swedish Council of Higher Education show, as more choose to get an education during the coronavirus pandemic.

Criticism against mass testing of coronavirus antibodies

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 10:10:00 GMT+2

On June 4, the government announced that anyone who wanted to would be allowed to take antibody tests and that the state would be responsible for almost the entire cost.

Drug addiction a growing problem among women in Sweden's prisons

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 05:25:00 GMT+2

An increasing number of women in prison in Sweden have been sentenced for narcotics crimes, and at the same time there is a growing problem with drug addiction among the imprisoned women, according to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service.

ECDC, others say face masks effective in fight against Covid-19

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:34:00 GMT+2

Sweden's decision to forgo face masks as part of its coronavirus strategy puts the country in step with its Nordic neighbors but it's a position that not everyone here agrees with.

Sweden's local authorities counting on better PPE stocks ahead of autumn

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:27:00 GMT+2

Sweden has relatively good stocks of the supplies needed to handle a possible second wave of the coronavirus, the Association of Local Authorities and Regions says. But central agencies were unable to produce any concrete figures showing how the inventories look.