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Last updated: 6 8 2019

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Malmö FF wins men's Allsvenskan football league

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:08:00 GMT+1

The Swedish mens' football championship, also known as Allsvenskan, was settled this weekend when Malmö FF won gold for the 22nd time.Jan Jönsson, journalist at local newspaper Sydsvenskan, says the team got "financial muscles" to build the club for the future, thanks to also playing in the European Champions League."They managed to get people to the games who normally don't go to football" says Jönsson. 

Nobel Prize ceremonies held in several countries this week

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 15:02:00 GMT+1

For the second year in a row due to the pandemic, the grand Nobel Prize award ceremonies and the large banquet in Stockholm City Hall are being replaced by smaller ceremonies and festivities in the laureates' home countries.The ceremonies are spread throughout the week, in the run-up to Nobel Day itself, December 10th, which is the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel.First out was literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah who received his diploma and medal in a ceremony at the Swedish ambassador’s residence in London at lunchtime Monday.

Large increase in investigations into benefit fraud

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 17:46:00 GMT+1

The National Insurance Agency is carrying out more checks for benefits fraud than ever before, with an increase of 35 per cent over the past two years.On average half of the investigations ending up being reported to the police, that money is requested back, or that benefit payments are halted.The increase is however not an indication that there is more fraud now than before, as the full scope of the fraud is still unknown, says Jan Erik Vaara, unit head at the agency.

Municipalities divided over need to hire own doctors

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 09:56:00 GMT+1

Opinions differ among Sweden's municipalities as to whether they should be given the right to employ their own doctors, a survey by Swedish Radio News suggests.In its review of elderly care during the early stages of the pandemic, the Corona Commission said that many elderly in care homes infected with Covid did not receive the help they should have, with staff forced to ring a doctor for medical advice via phone. Currently only regional health authorities are allowed to hire doctors, with care homes under the responsibility of municipalities instead."I think it's a good alternative that we can do it in the municipalities in the future. Sometimes it can be difficult with the participation of doctors from the regions, as we have seen," says Camilla Björling, head of health and elderly care in Gnesta municipality.

Swedish EU minister met with Belarusian opposition leader

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 17:27:00 GMT+1

Swedish EU minister Hans Dahlgren met with opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Stockholm today to discuss human rights and the fight for democracy in Belarus. Tsikhanouskaya had already met with new Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson earlier in the week, as part of events surrounding the OSCE conference in Stockholm."We are not giving up, we are trying to find other ways to give the support that we can", Dahlgren told Radio Sweden. 

Regional health authority cancels large Christmas parties

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 15:14:00 GMT+1

The Västra Götaland regional health authority has placed a ban on its employees attending any gatherings or meetings of more than 20 people, in effect, cancelling staff Christmas parties.Västra Götaland, which is also recommending employees hold digital meetings and work from home when they can, is not the only region to issue such a curb on employees attending Christmas work parties due to the spread of Covid-19.It is a blow to the hard-hit restaurant industry which has been relishing the return of large bookings for Christmas dinners this year.

Migration agency: Hundreds of Brits risk becoming illegal aliens in Sweden

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:40:00 GMT+1

The deadline for British citizens living in Sweden to apply for the post-Brexit residence status is fast approaching.Of the some 17,000 Brits in Sweden that are thought to be affected, around 16,500 have taken the necessary measures to stay on in Sweden, either by taking Swedish citizenship or getting the new "residence status" permit, according to the Swedish Migration Agency.The remaining approximately 500 "will in fact be staying illegally and will have to go back to the UK" if they don't apply in time, Jonas Colling at the agency tells Radio Sweden. British ambassador Judith Gough also urges all concerned to act before the 31 December deadline.

Problems with home delivery of Covid-19 tests in Stockholm, due to high demand

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:37:00 GMT+1

The regional health authority in Stockholm says it is having problems sending Covid-19 tests to households. A large increase in demand, together with a shortage of taxis and drivers, means that they recommend people get tested in drive-through centres or ask someone to collect a test for them from a pharmacy instead, daily Svenska Dagbladet reports.The home testing system in the capital uses the 1177.se information website to order a test, which is then usually delivered by taxi, meaning the person that thinks they may have Covid doesn't have to leave home.The number of positive cases in Stockholm leapt by 80 percent last week, but has now slowed down somewhat, Swedish Radio P4 Stockholm reports.

Swedish government U-turn - Yes to minimum wages in EU

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:25:00 GMT+1

The government has changed its stance and will now back the new draft EU law which will ensure a minimum level of wage protection in all member states, according to Swedish Radio News.Sweden and Denmark have long been opposed to statutory minimum wages in Europe on the grounds that it threatens the Nordic labour market model of collective bargaining.However, a compromise put forward by the EU Commission, with various clarifications and changes, has been given the green light by both the Swedish government and LO, the Swedish Trade Union Congress.

Linde opens OSCE meeting in Stockholm

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 13:27:00 GMT+1

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde opened the large Foreign Ministers' meeting with the security organization OSCE this morning at Arlanda, outside of Stockholm.Over 50 countries, including Russia and the US, are participating and Linde emphasized the importance of common solutions and trust in a time of conflict and crisis."We have gathered in Stockholm at a time of turbulence in our region," she said. 

Liberals and Greens remain below parliamentary threshold in new poll

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 12:52:00 GMT+1

The Liberals remain well below the parliamentary threshold of four percent according to the latest political party preference survey by Statistics Sweden.The Green party, which recently resigned from the government, also continues to hover around the four percent parliamentary threshold. If parties score below that in an election, then they don't get seats in parliament.The only significant change from the last survey in May concerns Annie Lööf's Centre party which has dropped 1.1 percentage points in the opinion poll, to fall back to 8.4 percent support.

Snow continuing to cause chaos in southern Sweden

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:31:00 GMT+1

The snow continues to fall heavily in southern Sweden causing disruption on the roads and railways.The snow and strong winds have also moved in along southern parts of the east coast and the islands of Öland and Gotland.The Stockholm region could also get more snow later on Thursday, but no weather warnings are in place for the region.

Sweden ready to reimpose Covid-19 measures

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 11:06:00 GMT+1

The Public Health Agency and the government warned on Thursday that they could reimpose its general recommendations to fight the coronavirus pandemic and a possible rising tide of infections in the coming days.If infections continue to increase, recommendations such as to avoid public transport, to wear face masks in crowded areas and for employers to allow working from home could be brought back."We may have to take measures as soon as next week," Karin Tegmark Wisell, new Director General at the agency told a news conference. 

New mapping tool to help police identify potential "vulnerable areas"

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 06:41:00 GMT+1

A new digital mapping tool will help the police and other authorities identify places in the country which are showing signs of criminal influence impacting negatively on the local community.The tool, which was developed by researchers at Malmö and Lund University, is based on long term data with variables such as the rate of employment rate, overcrowding, foreign background and reported crimes.Manne Gerell, an associate professor of criminology at Malmö University says the tool can help identify areas that are heading towards the threshhold of being classed as vulnerable at a future date.

Regions finding vaccine booster roll-out a challenge

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 09:25:00 GMT+1

After the Public Health Agency's decision to start mass vaccinations of a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccines, it has only started for those aged 65 and upwards, and by the end of last week just 35 per cent of them had received it."It would have been better to have known further in advance", says Emma Spak of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.The 21 regions are the ones tasked with carrying out the jabs, and many of them had scaled down their vaccination infrastructure over the past few months.

Snow plough boss incensed by e-scooters blocking paths

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:38:00 GMT+1

Carelessly parked electric scooters are causing a big problem for snow plough drivers and salt gritters in central Gothenburg.After Tuesday's snowfall in western Sweden, the sheer number of electric scooters parked haphazardly on pavements and squares has proved a problem for winter road maintenance workers."Expensive and a huge waste of time", according to Håkan Johansson, the planning manager at Gothenburg City's traffic department.

Snowstorm moving in over southern Sweden

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:38:00 GMT+1

An orange weather warning for heavy snow and strong wind has been issued for southern Sweden today where a couple of decimetres of snow is expected due to an area of low pressure moving in from Denmark.Sweden's weather service SHMI forecasts that prolonged snowfall in combination with the wind could lead to major disruptions in traffic and power outages in northern Skåne, Halland, large parts of Blekinge, Kronoberg and Kalmar.Emergency services are said to have scaled up their operations in readiness for the storm.

Residence permits can be extended to allow students to finish studies

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:21:00 GMT+1

Residence permits for non-EU students can be extended, even if studies are not full-time - for example if there have been delays due to "circumstances beyond the control" of the student.That is according to a new ruling from the highest court of appeal in migration cases.In a number of cases, that Radio Sweden has reported about, the Migration Agency had decided to reject the application to extend the residence permit, as the remaining studies would not fulfil the criteria of "full time studies". As a result, students were told they had to leave the country, before they could get the degree they came here for.

Covid vaccine passes in use domestically from today

Thu, 02 Dec 2021 09:25:00 GMT+1

As of today, Covid-19 vaccination certificates will be used for entry into indoor public gatherings and public events of 100 people or more.The proof of vaccination applies, for example, to cinemas, theatres, concerts, sporting events and nightclubs and concerns people over the age of 18."Our guests have two options when they want to go to the cinema. Either with vaccination certificates for the salons that have more than 100 seats and without vaccination certificates when you go to screens that have fewer than 100 seats", Malin Lundstedt, operations manager at cinema chain Filmstaden tells Swedish Radio News.

Police: Close contacts used to draw out murder victims

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 07:26:00 GMT+1

So far this year, 23 people have been shot dead in Stockholm - a region which stands out when it comes to fatal gun crime.Assignments to murder a person often involve someone the victim trusts, says Anna Rise, head of intelligence at police region Stockholm.Prosecutor Carl Mellberg heads several of the investigations and says: "In many of the cases, the objective is to kill the person, not to inflict injury."