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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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Foreign minister: No Swedish politicians represent Kurdish PKK

Fri, 27 May 2022 16:58:00 GMT+2

Sweden's foreign minister has responded to a newspaper report in Turkey claiming that five Swedish politicians represent the Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK, a militant organisation classed as terrorist by Turkey and the EU.Ann Linde wrote on Twitter that the claims "lack any basis" and the serious accusations are "incorrect".Turkey has opposed supporting Sweden's NATO application and claims, among other things, that Sweden supports organisations linked to the PKK.

Gothenburg music marathon to raise money for Ukrainian musicians

Fri, 27 May 2022 16:46:00 GMT+2

Musicians in the city of Gothenburg are holding a one-day music marathon on Saturday to raise money for musicians in Ukraine.The free event will see the city's three orchestras perform over several hours in the foyer of the Göteborg Opera.Orchestra Manager Andreas Lönnqvist says it is a "come and go" concert, and that the money raised will help replace instruments destroyed in the war.

What Sweden can do towards an "environment of peace"

Fri, 27 May 2022 15:14:00 GMT+2

This week, the term "environment of peace" was in focus at the annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, co-hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Security is a much broader concept nowadays, according to SIPRI's Director Dan Smith: "It's not just about the state, it's about people as well."Smith goes on to say that Sweden and other states can support research on understanding the "pathways between environmental pressure and insecurity in armed conflict."

First conviction after Easter riots

Fri, 27 May 2022 13:44:00 GMT+2

A man in his thirties has been sentenced to six months in prison for violent rioting and attempted violence against a police officer during riots in Rinkeby in Stockholm on Good Friday.It is the first conviction following the riots which took place in six cities over the Easter weekend.The riots broke out in connection with right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan's burnings - or planned burnings - of the Quran at public gatherings.

Government info campaign: Don't be fooled by disinformation

Fri, 27 May 2022 13:37:00 GMT+2

A government information campaign telling people to not be fooled by disinformation has been brought forward.It was supposed to start ahead of the general election in September, but due to what is seen as Russian disinformation over the war in Ukraine and Sweden's NATO application it will start already now.Home Affairs Minister Morgan Johansson and the general director of the Psychological Defence Agency, Henrik Landerholm, talk about why they don't think it is creepy for a government campaign to tell people to think twice about who to trust - and not - online.

Problems calling 1177- affecting whole country

Fri, 27 May 2022 11:03:00 GMT+2

The national telephone number for healthcare advice,1177, is currently experiencing technical problems which is making it difficult for callers to get through.It is not known the problems will be fixed.People in Sweden can still access the careguide's website 1177.se, which is working as normal and the 112 phone line for emergency calls is also operational.

Parts of Sweden in for torrential rain and flooding

Fri, 27 May 2022 10:05:00 GMT+2

The national weather service SMHI has issued a yellow warning for torrential rain and flooding for parts of central Sweden today.Between 35 and 50 mm of rain can fall within a three hour period.The rain will be at its heaviest in the afternoon.

Health service marketed as "secure" – leaked patient information to Facebook

Fri, 27 May 2022 10:24:00 GMT+2

The Swedish healthcare company Kry has built a service for digital patient calls that has leaked doctors 'and patients' contact information to Facebook.That's according to a Swedish Radio News investigation of the service, which has been launched in over 30 countries.Kry has reported the matter to the Swedish authority for privacy protection and described the error as "very unfortunate".

Kurds in Sweden closely watch the Turkish-Swedish NATO talks

Fri, 27 May 2022 16:46:00 GMT+2

Talks over Turkey's conditions to accept Sweden's NATO membership is followed closely by Kurds living in Sweden, says Kurdo Baksi, Swedish-Kurdish author and social commentator.Many are worried about a reported list of people that Turkey wants extradited from Sweden, according to Baksi.But he says, the red line for many Kurds is the demand that Sweden labels the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, YPG, a terrorist organisation.

Swedish and Finnish delegations meet with Turkey over NATO opposition

Fri, 27 May 2022 16:46:00 GMT+2

Swedish and Finnish delegations met Turkish officials in Ankara today, to discuss Turkey's opposition to their NATO bids.Turkey wants Sweden and Finland to end weapons embargoes and sanctions, as well as what Turkey calls their "political support to terrorism".Swedish Radio's correspondent Jan Andersson says there's a rumour Turkey wants a second higher level meeting in the future.

President of EU Council visits Andersson

Fri, 27 May 2022 16:46:00 GMT+2

At a joint press conference with Sweden's prime minister in Stockholm, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said he was hopeful of a decision on EU sanctions against Russian oil at the EU summit next week."It requires a lot of dialogue, a lot of effort and we are working very hard to stay united," he said.Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Sweden "supports the EU Council" and wants to "go further with sanctions against Russia".

Tips for finding work in Sweden

Wed, 25 May 2022 15:59:00 GMT+2

How do you find a job once you've moved to Sweden? How long does it take? And what should you think about while looking?For this segment in our how-to series for newcomers, Radio Sweden talks to Eeva Vestlund, a manager at the Swedish Public Employment Service."Get a job if you can do that, even if it's not your dream job. It's much, much better to have a job and look for other jobs at the [same] time," she says.

Jail sentences for brothers trying to join IS

Wed, 25 May 2022 14:20:00 GMT+2

Two men accused of trying to join up with the so-called Islamic State to fight have each been sentenced to eight months in prison by Gothenburg District Court.The brothers, who deny any wrongdoing, were arrested in February at Landvetter Airport on their way to Turkey.The court wrote in a statement that it was established through the evidence that the men were embarking on a trip to Syria or Iraq with the intention of joining IS.

Suspicions of bribery against Securitas staff

Wed, 25 May 2022 17:21:00 GMT+2

SVT television's investigative news programme, Uppdrag Granskning, has revealed that Swedish security firm Securitas received information from two officials at Malmö city council which the company used to win a multi-million kronor contract.The security company also took the officials on a party trip to London, according to the programme, which also reveals details of suspected sex buying at a Spanish brothel by two men with key roles at Securitas.Securitas has fired these men and reported them to the police, while two Malmö city officials have left their jobs and a report has been sent to the police.

Wind farm delays could hinder green revolution

Fri, 27 May 2022 13:10:00 GMT+2

Several companies want to build wind power farms in northern Sweden, to meet the projected sharp rise in demand for electricity by new green industries.But the time it is taking for the wind farms to receive planning permission is threatening so-called green industrial projects in the North, according to Swedish Radio News."Today it can be a problem that late in the process you can be told that the plans will not go through," says deputy CEO of Jämtkraft, Ylva Andersson.

Diplomats plant meadow in Stockholm to boost bee population

Tue, 24 May 2022 16:41:00 GMT+2

Foreign diplomats got together in Stockholm on Tuesday to sow the first seeds in a new urban meadow.The project aims to boost the number of bees and other pollinating insects, through the planting of large flower beds."The preservation of biodiversity is a global task and something we can only achieve with partners," says Germany's ambassador to Sweden, Christina Beinhoff.

Public Safety Announcement for Hisingen, Gothenburg

Tue, 24 May 2022 12:03:00 GMT+2

An industrial unit is on fire, everyone within a 3km radius should stay inside & shut windows and doors. Listen to P4 Göteborg for more information

Government wants fewer wolves in Sweden

Tue, 24 May 2022 11:57:00 GMT+2

The government wants to sharply reduce the number of wolves in the country.Sweden's wolf population numbers around 400, which is too big, according to the minister for rural affairs, Anna-Caren Sätherberg, and a majority of MPs in parliament.SVT News reports that the government is to commission the Environmental Protection Agency to look into the size of the wolf population and how many should be permitted.

Fifth vaccine dose this autumn for over 65s

Tue, 24 May 2022 11:30:00 GMT+2

All adults aged 65 and over as well as people in risk groups are being recommended to take a fifth dose of vaccine against Covid-19 this autumn."The pandemic is not over," the health and social affairs minister Lena Hallengren said at a news conference, Tuesday.The Public Health Agency said the fifth booster dose will be available to the oldest in society from September 1st. Adults under 65 will be allowed to take a fourth dose in the autumn if they wish, but it won't be an official recommendation, the agency says.

NATO countries prepare groundwork for accession process

Wed, 25 May 2022 15:28:00 GMT+2

Turkey still opposes Sweden and Finland's NATO applications. But support from other NATO countries is very large and several have already begun the process of approving membership, Swedish Radio News reports."Estonian Government moved fast and decided today to approve requests by Sweden and Finland to join NATO," Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on social media.Neighbouring Lithuania has also begun the process of signing a draft of the accession protocol.