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Unemployment payments delayed on account of suspected cyber attack

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 14:02:00 GMT+1

The 39,000 or so people who would have received their unemployment benefits this Thursday will instead get their money on Friday at the earliest.A suspected cyber attack late last week led to Sweden's unemployment insurance funds shutting down their systems. The funds are now trying to get them up and running again.Tomas Eriksson, head of the Swedish Federation of Unemployment Insurance Funds, says the insurance funds are looking into the incident to see how they can improve cyber security.

Cuts on the horizon for Swedish Institute grants to Swedish teachers abroad?

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT+1

The Swedish Institute has in recent weeks faced some criticism in the media in reports that it plans to cut stipends given to Swedish teachers who get positions at universities abroad to teach students Swedish and about Sweden.Budget cuts look like being on the horizon for the state-owned agency, whose job it is to promote Sweden abroad, and one of the victims may be some of the stipends for the Swedish teachers abroad."We have to find a way to to make ends meet for different activities within the promotion of Sweden" says Monika Wirkkala from the Institute, but says the budget has yet to be finalised, "we will try to very carefully see what will minimize the damage", she adds.

Government wants to make it illegal to involve young people in crime

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 10:46:00 GMT+1

The Government wants to make it a punishable offence to involve people under the age of 18 in criminal activities, in order to help stop new recruitment to criminal gangs.A new crime category is to be created called "assisting juvenile delinquency". Those found guilty can be sentenced to up to four years in prison.The Government's upcoming bill will also mean longer sentences for people found guilty of gang-related crimes.

Migration Minister: Permanent residency will remain for some migrants

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 10:52:00 GMT+1

Plans to scrap permanent residency will only affect asylum-related migration cases, and not foreign workers or PhD students who move to Sweden, Migration Minister Maria Malmer Stenergard has confirmed.In a longer interview with Radio Sweden, Maria Malmer Stenergard also discusses the Government's plans to increase the minimum salary needed for a work permit, permanent residency for PhD students, as well as the Swedish Migration Agency's long wait times."This is a huge problem and I'm really afraid that talented people will hesitate to come to Sweden because of this," she says of the wait times.

World speeds up energy efficiency - but Sweden could do better

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:27:00 GMT+1

In a new report, the International Energy Agency says that government and consumer energy efficiency actions have accelerated globally this year as energy prices have soared.But Cecilia Hermansson, chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council tells Swedish Radio News that Sweden has been slow to improve its energy efficiency compared to many other EU member states."For Sweden there's more to do if you make a comparison with other EU countries, you can say that Sweden is below the EU average in terms of energy efficiency", she says.

Region Uppsala emails in breach of patients' personal data security rules

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:09:00 GMT+1

Over half a million personal details have been sent unencrypted in the email program Outlook by Region Uppsala, Swedish Radio's P4 Uppland reports.The data including diagnoses and planned operations, according to Region Uppsala's data protection officer, who has now reported the breach to the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection."Unfortunate and serious. An e-mail system should not be used for sensitive information," says Anneli Kjellberg, digitalisation director in Region Uppsala.

Last leg of Centre Party leadership candidates' national tour

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 14:47:00 GMT+1

The three candidates competing to take over as new Centre Party leader will meet party members in Stockholm this evening, in the last leg of their national tour to the different party districts.Daniel Bäckstrom, Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist and Muharrem Demirok are all competing to lead the party following Annie Lööf's decision to quit, and will take over a party rather shaken by the recent general election results."The party reached 6.7 percent in the last general election, and the feeling among a lot of members is that the Centre Party failed to reach out to the voters in the Swedish countryside where the party traditionally has its base", Swedish Radio's reporter Karin Runblom tells Radio Sweden.

Government wants to get rid of permanent residency for asylum seekers

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 10:12:00 GMT+1

The Government wants to get rid of permanent residency permits, according to the agreement it signed with the Sweden Democrats known as the Tidö Agreement. This means asylum seekers would only be able to receive temporary residency permits until they can apply for citizenship.The right to remain in Sweden will be tied more closely to an individual's reason for seeking protection, according to Migration Minister Maria Malmer Stenergard.Bahlbi Yohanns from Eritrea, who has a young child and has lived in Sweden for eight years, says it's important to feel safe in order to be a good parent.

Support for the coalition government parties shrinks in new poll

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 13:07:00 GMT+1

Support for the opposition Social Democrats has increased the most after the election, by 4.3 percentage points to 34.6 percent.At the same time, support for the Sweden Democrats has gone down by 2.3 percentage points, according to a new poll by statistics authority Statistics Sweden."A plausible explanation is that we have had quite a lot of debate on the new government's politics", says Swedish Radio News' political commentator Fredrik Furtenbach.

After-school classes for Ukrainian kids keeping them in touch with Ukrainian culture

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:25:00 GMT+1

While their parents are taught Swedish next door, several times a week after school, groups of children who fled the war in Ukraine are being taught about Ukrainian culture and history.The Ukrainian Children's Activity Centre was created in the spring to allow the newly arrived refugees to complete their home school curriculum, and now many of the children have started attending Swedish schools, the project has been revived as a way of maintaining links with Ukraine."My children are learning Ukrainian culture, history, language, it's very very good for us," mother of two, Valeriia Husar tells Radio Sweden.

500 kilos of narcotics seized by Stockholm police

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 10:29:00 GMT+1

Stockholm police have seized a record 500 kilos of narcotics in Tyresö, Stockholm.The haul is estimated to be worth a street value of SEK 80 million.Three people have been arrested on suspicion of serious drug offences.

Spices, icing and candy - annual gingerbread house competition challenging gravity again

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 17:01:00 GMT+1

141 gingerbread creations are on display at the Swedish center for architecture and design on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.This year's theme is "Around the Corner", says Elisabet Norin who has coordinated the exhibition."This exhibition is a family tradition, so in the holidays it's a lot of grandmothers and grandfathers coming to the exhibition with their grandchildren", she told Radio Sweden. The winners of the competition will be announced before Christmas.

Billström: Sweden making progress with Turkey over NATO bid

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 11:15:00 GMT+1

Sweden's Foreign Minister Tobias Billström says progress is being made towards the country joining NATO, after meeting with his Turkish counterpart yesterday at a NATO meeting in Bucharest.He says parts of the memorandum of understanding Sweden and Finland signed with Turkey still need to be put in place, but did not go into specifics.NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg says Sweden and Finland have already "delivered" on the agreement, and were now implementing it.

Compensation for high power prices coming in February

Fri, 02 Dec 2022 12:20:00 GMT+1

Financial support for households in central and southern Sweden hit by high electricity prices will begin to be paid out in February.The support is based on energy use between October last year up to and including September this year, and is estimated to go to around 5 million electricity customers.Minister for Energy, Business and Industry Ebba Busch says the next step will be to offer support to businesses, but the Government needs more time to prepare for this.

Mohamud sent his son overseas to flee criminal gangs, but he didn't get out in time

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 10:37:00 GMT+1

Moving young men overseas, away from Sweden's disadvantaged outer suburbs, has become a way for parents to try and stop their children from becoming involved in criminal behaviour, or prevent them from being killed.When Mohamud Kollane in the Stockholm neighbourhood of Husby discovered that his son sold drugs and associated with criminals, he took himself and his son to Somalia several times. But they last time they were to leave, the pandemic got in the way.It's been more than two years since his 21-year-old son was murdered, and the killing is still unsolved.

Staff suspected of sexual crimes allowed to keep working at youth care homes

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:10:00 GMT+1

Employees of special residential youth homes under investigation for suspected sexual assault against residents, have in several cases been allowed to continue working with young people while under police investigation.This has been criticised by the Health and Social Care Inspectorate, the supervising agency, according to an investigation by the Swedish Radio program Kaliber.Marie Åberg, a department head at the inspectorate, says the actions of the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care which runs the homes put children and young people at risk.

French battleship at Stockholm port a sign of NATO's support

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:03:00 GMT+1

NATO has doubled the number of military vessels in the Baltic Sea this year. The war in Ukraine is one reason, but also NATO's promise to strengthen the security of Sweden's borders after it's application to join the defence alliance.Right now, a 150 metre long French battleship, a frigate, is in Stockholms Frihamnen port, after weeks of exercises in the Baltic Sea with Swedish fighter jets.The French battleship's presence in Stockholm is a manifestation of France's diplomatic support, according to defence attache Jerome Chevalier.

Education Minister: Residency rules for researchers to be changed "as soon as possible"

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 17:23:00 GMT+1

In the agreement between the government and the Sweden Democrats, it says that "Sweden's competitiveness as a research nation" needs to be strengthened - and that one way to do this is to review - and if necessary change - the rules for PhD students' and researchers' residence permits.In last year's Aliens Act, a maintenance requirement was introduced for researchers who want to apply for a permanent residence permit."We have rules from the previous Social Democratic government that are very problematic, and we need to change them," says Mats Persson, Minister for Education.

Police officer found guilty over death of man during an arrest

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 15:19:00 GMT+1

A police officer has been found guilty of causing death by negligence, after an arrest that ended with a man's death.The police officer in question and a colleague arrested a man under the influence of drugs on November 12 last year. Prosecutors say the police officer later pressed his knee against the back of the arrested man, who was lying on a staircase, and kept it there for such a long time that the man choked to death.The police officer denies the charge, and his lawyer Tobias Enochson does not think the evidence is sufficient.

Afro-Swedes subjected to the most hate crimes in Sweden

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 12:22:00 GMT+1

People of African descent are the group subjected to the most hate crimes in Sweden, according to a new report from the National Council for Crime Prevention. Researchers analysed around 430 police reports related to afrophobic hate crimes and also interviewed victims. With the exception of hate crimes based on general xenophobic and racist motives, Afrophobia is the most common motive found among reported hate crimes in Sweden, the council found."Quite a large proportion of the crimes reported to the police are violent offences, about almost 20 per cent of those crimes, which is a higher proportion than for other hate crimes," says researcher Klara Hradilova Selin from the National Council for Crime Prevention.