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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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Gyms, shops, libraries stay open amid heightened Covid-19 warnings

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:39:00 GMT+1

According to stricter social-distancing recommendations now introduced across five Swedish regions, members of the public should stay away from indoor areas like gyms, shopping centres and libraries.

Transport authority: Higher fuel prices needed to meet climate goals

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:26:00 GMT+1

A further hike in petrol and diesel taxes is needed if Sweden is to reach its climate goal in the transport sector, according to the national authority responsible for the country's transport infrastructure.

Government promises more millions for coronavirus testing

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 10:26:00 GMT+1

The government has pledged an extra SEK 3 billion towards testing for Covid-19, according to TV4 News.

"Coronavirus strategy too Stockholm-focused"

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:23:00 GMT+1

Sweden's strategy for handling the most difficult period of the coronavirus pandemic last spring was too Stockholm-focused, according to a number of infectious diseases officers.

Retailers hope trick-or-treat warnings won't scare off candy lovers

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:23:00 GMT+1

"Trick or virus?" That's the slogan being pushed by Swedish authorities ahead of Halloween, with both the Public Health Agency and the prime minister having recommended against trick-or-treating this year.

Stricter Covid-19 recommendations introduced in several Swedish regions

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:23:00 GMT+1

The Swedish Public Health Agency and local authorities have decided to introduce stricter recommendations in Stockholm, Västra Götaland and Östergötland in response to the increased spread of the coronavirus.

Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution reviews government handling of Covid-19

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:53:00 GMT+1

Sweden's Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution is set to start its review of how the government has handled the coronavirus pandemic, where matters like the introduction of a visitor ban at care homes for the elderly, measures to increase testing capacity and emergency financial packages will be analysed.

How will the new Left Party leader affect Sweden's political crisis?

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:43:00 GMT+1

The Left Party must soon decide whether to try to bring down the government over employment rights changes, and at the weekend Nooshi Dadgostar will be elected new leader of the party in an uncontested vote at a party conference.

The Swedish candles custom causing coronavirus concern

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:04:00 GMT+1

There's concern over congestion at cemeteries and graveyards on All Saints' Day this weekend as Swedes take part in the widely practised custom of lighting candles on family graves or memorial gardens.

Government to push ahead with employment law reform despite union rejection

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:22:00 GMT+1

The Swedish government wants build upon an agreement between two of the three parties involved in negotiations over possible changes to Sweden's Employment Protection Act, bypassing a rejection of the proposals by a major union organisation.

Nine out of ten stopped shaking hands during coronavirus pandemic: Swedish Radio survey

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:04:00 GMT+1

Nine out of ten people have stopped shaking hands as a greeting, according to a Novus survey commissioned by Swedish Radio in western Sweden, measuring how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted habits.

It may be time for local corona recommendations in Stockholm, head of city's doctors' association says

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:34:00 GMT+1

Covid-19 continues to spread across Sweden with a sharp increase in the number of cases, according to the latest status reports.

Sweden qualify for UEFA Women's Championship but pay gap leaves bittersweet taste

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:13:00 GMT+1

Sweden's women qualified for the UEFA Women's Championship on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 home win over Iceland at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg.

Riksdag parties call for Covid-19 risk group compensation to be extended

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:20:00 GMT+1

A number of Swedish political parties are calling for the period of compensation available to people in Covid-19 risk groups to be further extended, as it is due to expire at the end of the year.

Delays in Covid-19 testing may have led to more deaths at Swedish care homes

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:04:00 GMT+1

A new Swedish Radio investigation shows that delays in Covid-19 testing may have led to more deaths from the virus at care homes for the elderly in a number of Swedish municipalities, as systematic tests of care home staff only got up and running after the spread of the virus had peaked. Testing for residents was also delayed.

Skåne follows Uppsala, introduces local corona recommendations

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:34:00 GMT+1

The region of Skåne in southern Sweden has decided to introduce local recommendations, following a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the area last week.

Sensitive information hacked from Swedish security firm

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:25:00 GMT+1

Sensitive information, such as bank vault layouts, alarm systems and even Swedish Parliament building documents has been hacked from a Swedish security company.

Stockholm's "golden bridge" inaugurated

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:59:00 GMT+1

At noon on Sunday the 25th of October, King Carl XVI Gustaf officially opened what some are calling the "golden bridge" connecting Stockholm's Södermalm with Gamla Stan by cutting a golden ribbon with - what else - golden scissors.

More crowded buses in Uppsala despite local coronavirus measures

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:34:00 GMT+1

Reports from Region Uppsala showed that local buses were actually more crowded last week than they have been in the past, despite new local recommendations calling on people to keep their distance.

Regional labs waited to get Covid-19 tests going despite Health Agency's request

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:54:00 GMT+1

A number of regions chose to wait with getting their own laboratories ready for Covid-19 testing, an investigation by Swedish Radio News shows, contributing to a lower testing capacity when the coronavirus eventually did reach Sweden.