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Last updated: 6 8 2019

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Swedes holding a tighter grip on their money, survey says

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 05:12:00 GMT+2

Every other Swede plans to cut down on their consumption this autumn, according to a poll ordered by consultancy firm PwC.The increasing food prices worry people in particular, and cause them to be more careful, especially if their income is low.Mortgages and energy prices are mainly a worry for people with higher incomes, according to the poll.

Youngest and oldest MP's on hand for opening of parliament

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:39:00 GMT+2

Out of the 349 elected MP's assembling for the start of the new parliament, Tuesday, following the recent Swedish elections, 81 were appearing in the job for the first time.Radio Sweden met the youngest and oldest Members of Parliament."It feels kind of unreal and I feel very, very honoured to be here," says 23-year-old Social Democrat Aida Birinxhiku.

Young men less accepting of increasing rights for women, study claims

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:55:00 GMT+2

A new study from Gothenburg University on equality and modern sexism in Europe says that young men feel most threatened by increasing rights for women."We find that in regions where unemployment is increasing, young men are especially likely to agree with a statement that women rights have gone too far", says Gefjon Off, phd student in political science, adding, "within Sweden, even though the overall levels of agreement are quite low, young men are the ones who diverge strongest from the average in Swedish society."The study was based on a questionnaire put to 32 469 men and women in all EU member states.

Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl to host Melodifestivalen 2023

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:31:00 GMT+2

The hosts for next year's Melodifestivalen have been announced, with Farah Abadi and Jesper Rönndahl set to present the televised music contest that determines which song and artist Sweden sends to the Eurovision Song Contest.Abadi is a seasoned veteran at this point, having been the co-host for the show last year – comedian Rönndahl on the other hand is by his own admission pretty new to the contest, but he's also an experienced television host in his own right having previously hosted the satirical program Svenska Nyheter on SVT.Abadi told Radio Sweden she was expecting the hosting experience to be "much more fun this time around", and Rönndahl says he expects he will "be surprised many, many times".

Premiere lobster price plummets: "It's a bargain"

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:14:00 GMT+2

Interest rates and food prices may be going up, but the year's first lobster sold at the Gothenburg harbour fish auction this year was much cheaper than in previous years.The winning bid reached a 'mere' 7,000 kronor per kilo, which can be compared to last year's 77,000 kronor, at Gothenburg fish auction."It's a bargain," said Magnus Gustavsson, who won the auction.

Nord Stream pipelines hit by gas leaks - ships and planes told to keep a distance

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:22:00 GMT+2

There are leaks of gas from the underwater Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines south of the Danish island of Bornholm.It is not yet clear what has caused the leaks, but the Swedish Maritime Administration has detected three separate leaks with visible concentration of gas leaking out.Ships are told to keep a distance of at least five nautical miles from the area, and planes should stay at least 1000 metres above it, the authorities say.

Stockholm now has more MPs than all of northern Sweden

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:21:00 GMT+2

With more people moving to Sweden's big cities, the number of MPs representing regions in northern Sweden has gone down.In contrast, Stockholm county in particular is growing, and in this year's election Stockholm county has more members of parliament than the five counties in northern Sweden have together.The effect of this continuing trend is that parliament has a big city bias, says Isak From, who is a Social Democrat MP from Västerbotten in the north.

Parliament votes to keep Norlén as Speaker

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:21:00 GMT+2

The Swedish Parliament has voted in favour of Andreas Norlén staying on as its Speaker. Norlén, from the Moderate Party, was nominated by the election-winning right-wing bloc but also had the backing of the opposition.Meanwhile, the vote for Second Deputy Speaker was a source of parliamentary disagreement.In the end, Sweden Democrat Julia Kronlid was elected, despite criticism from opposition parties - among other things for her earlier critical stance on abortion and the theory of evolution.

Three on trial for reprimanding care home whistleblower

Mon, 26 Sep 2022 15:07:00 GMT+2

Two managers and an HR representative that worked for care company Attendo in the spring of 2020 are on trial for violating an employee's right to leak information to the press.This after a care worker was given an official warning because she had spoken to the media about how covid guidelines were not followed at the care home where she was working.The law, from 2017, gives employees at private companies that carry out public-sector work the right to give information to media, without risking any consequences from employers. It is the first time it is tried in court.

Medicines running out of stock at Swedish pharmacies

Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:29:00 GMT+2

Around 500 medicines are currently out of stock at Swedish pharmacies - the number rose by 23 percent during the first six months of 2022.Reasons for the shortage include inflation as well as a lack of capacity and planning from the producers' end, according to the Swedish Medical Products Agency.Alireza Ghanbar Alipour who suffers from glaucoma tells Swedish Radio that without his usual eye drops, he risks losing his sight completely.

Why do Sweden's political parties want the role of speaker in the Riksdag?

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:21:00 GMT+2

Ulf Kristersson is expected to announce the Moderate Party's candidate for speaker of the Riksdag this Sunday, ahead of a vote on Monday for who will get the role.The speaker of parliament is considered to be the second most senior role in Sweden's system of government, placed under the King in terms of rank, but still higher than the Prime Minister.Jonas Hinnfors, a professor of political science from Gothenburg University, says the role has a symbolic meaning, especially for a party like the Sweden Democrats which has long been excluded by the other parties.

Day and night of events for Swedish stargazers Saturday

Fri, 23 Sep 2022 17:01:00 GMT+2

The annual space festival "Sweden's Day and Night of Astronomy" is set to take place tomorrow, Saturday.Cornelia Ekvall, works at the Swedish Astronomical Youth Association, she says that due to the rainy, cloudy and cold weather, Sweden isn't the best country for an astronomer, she says that observations can only be done for a short amount of time each year.A total of thirty different space themed events will welcome both young and old from all across Sweden, from Kiruna in the north to Malmö in the south.

Ericsson has continued to export to Russia

Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:43:00 GMT+2

Swedish Radio News reports that telecoms equipment maker Ericsson continues to export products to Russia, despite the company repeating on several occasions that exports to Russia are being stopped.Ericsson has received export permits to export products to Russia which can have dual civil and military use.The company says the permits "involve it being able to deliver software and technical support until December 31, 2022" and that they have not sent hardware to Russia since the sanctions began.

2022 - a record year for fatal shootings in Sweden

Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:17:00 GMT+2

48 people have so far been shot dead in Sweden in 2022. Thursday night's shooting of a man in Kristianstad, means that the previous annual record from 2020 has been broken - even though it is only September.A report that the National Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented in spring last year showed that Sweden was the only one among 22 countries in Europe with an increasing trend of fatal shootings.Earlier this week, the head of Sweden's national police force Anders Thornberg told news agency TT he believed the death toll will be much higher before the year's end, upwards of 60, he forecast, if the violence continues at its current rate.

UN assistant secretary general: Sweden cutting international aid untimely

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:15:00 GMT+2

Moderate Party and Sweden Democrat proposals to reduce Sweden's international aid contributions are untimely and part of a worrying European trend, according to a spokesperson inside the UN's development programme.Sweden is the third-largest donor in the OECD in proportion to the size of its economy and has a long-held goal of contributing one percent of its gross national income on international development assistance."Right now with increased poverty, increased polarisation and uncertainty around the world... international cooperation and international aid is more important than it has been in several decades", Swede Ulrika Modéer, an assistant secretary general of the UN tells Swedish Radio News.

Gothenburg Book Fair makes a comeback after COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:39:00 GMT+2

The Gothenburg Book Fair, known as the Bokmässan in Swedish, kicks off today, and this year's themes are South Africa, the climate crisis, crime fiction as well as voices from Ukraine.It's the event's first year back in a physical capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic. The book fair was held entirely digitally in 2020, and was a so-called hybrid digital and physical event last year.Program manager Oskar Ekström says organisers are collaborating with the Ukrainian embassy to make it possible for Ukrainian writers and journalists to attend and share their stories.

"Boy from Heaven" Sweden's Oscars nominee

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:38:00 GMT+2

The film fended off two other nominees, biopic I am Zlatan and documentary Nelly and Nadine, to get the nod as Sweden's submission for the Best International Film category in next year's Academy Awards.Director Tarik Saleh praised Sweden's talented filmmakers and said the competition is tough due to filmmakers sitting on their films during the pandemic, but that he was proud of his film."It's very rare for me to say this about my own films - that I didn't compromise one single frame", he told Radio Sweden.

Covid vaccine coordinator criticises Sweden's Public Health Agency

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:45:00 GMT+2

Sweden's outgoing national vaccine coordinator, Richard Bergström, has critcised the Public Health Agency's current recommendations for vaccines against Covid-19 as "unclear". "I don't actually understand why you don't recommend vaccines to everyone," Richard Bergström tells Swedish Radio News.He believes that the authority's recommendations could explain the declining willingness of the public to vaccinate.

Swedish Krona drops to historic low against dollar

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:43:00 GMT+2

Sweden's national currency, the Krona, dropped to a historic low against the US dollar, Thursday.It follows the U.S. central bank's hike in interest rates to a 14-year high in the battle against inflation.Sweden's own central bank, the Riksbank, raised interest rates by a full percentage point earlier this week.

Sweden's future government already under pressure from Turkey over NATO deal

Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:53:00 GMT+2

Sweden's new government is yet to fully form, but it's already facing pressure from Turkey over the agreement struck between Turkey, Sweden and Finland aimed at securing the Nordic countries' path to NATO membership.Turkey says Sweden's previous government did not hold up its end of the bargain, and while it says Turkish officials have requested the deportation of dozens of people living in Sweden it considers to be terrorists, it says Sweden has not followed through. Sweden says any extradition requests will be processed according to both Swedish and international law.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Sweden as a "cradle for terrorism" in an interview with US broadcaster PBS this week, and Swedish Radio's Middle East and Turkey correspondent Johan-Mattias Sommarström says Sweden's response to these comments suggests officials are trying to "lay low" to avoid upsetting Turkey.