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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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Waiting times for for unemployment benefit applications continue to grow

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:16:00 GMT+2

Many people have lost their jobs during the corona crisis and the applications for unemployment benefit have skyrocketed. And so have the waiting times, at least at some unemployment funds.

Prison service warns of overcrowding

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:26:00 GMT+2

So many people are being sent to prison that they are overcrowded, says the head of the system, warning that they are in a "crisis situation".

Segregation in schools has increased in the last 10 years

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:55:00 GMT+2

An increasing number of Sweden's children attend schools that are segregated, a Swedish Radio investigation shows.

Sweden to host EU crisis stores of PPE

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 05:54:00 GMT+2

Swedish Radio News has learned that one of the European Union's new stores of healthcare supplies will be located in Sweden.

Cancelling "never an option" as Gothenburg Book Fair goes digital

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:27:00 GMT+2

For the first time in its 35-year history, the Gothenburg Book Fair will take place entirely online.

Budget proposal promises 900 millon SEK investment in Sweden's suburbs

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:14:00 GMT+2

Of the more than SEK 100 billion the government promises to pump into the Swedish economy next year, SEK 900 million of that has been set aside for the nation's so-called "vulnerable areas".

Swedish hospital ready to help with second wave in Europe

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:06:00 GMT+2

An advanced intensive care unit in Sweden is ready to fly in patients from other parts of Europe, with its unique air transport.

Analyst: Sweden's draft budget historic but also expensive

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:02:00 GMT+2

The government is describing its draft budget for 2021 as "historic" and "powerful". One analyst agrees but says it's also an expensive one.

"Historic" budget spends billions on work and welfare

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:02:00 GMT+2

Sweden's finance minister today presents what she calls a "historic" budget of over SEK 100 billion, with many measures relating to the corona crisis.

Swedish battery waste illegally exported to Poland

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 05:48:00 GMT+2

Swedish Radio can reveal how thousands of tonnes of dangerous battery waste has been illegally exported to countries like Poland and Bulgaria for several years.

Danderyd hospital antibody study looks at Covid-19 immunity

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:08:00 GMT+2

A new Swedish study on coronavirus immunity suggests that Covid-19 antibodies last for at least four months and that immunity to the virus can last even longer.

Opposition aims to force reform of disabled support system

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:41:00 GMT+2

Parties of the right and the left have joined forces to demand that the central state takes over all responsibility for running assistance support services for disabled people - and they think they are likely to succeed because the government is so weak when it comes to numbers in parliament.

EU to propose asylum camps in border countries

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:23:00 GMT+2

The European Commission wants a new migration system for the EU, and Swedish Radio News understands that one of the proposals will be building asylum centres at the edges of the EU so people can be accepted or rejected faster.

More young people suspected of drug and violent crimes

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:41:00 GMT+2

The number of young suspects involved with drug and violent crimes is going up, according to new figures from the police. Last year, there were nearly 27,000 suspected crimes like that in Sweden where the suspects were under the age of 18.

New research sheds light on Viking DNA

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:08:00 GMT+2

New research looking at samples taken from over 400 graves around Europe in the biggest ever survey of Viking DNA has revealed that previous knowledge about which Vikings travelled where was generally correct.

Moderate Party proposal: deport gang members

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:50:00 GMT+2

The opposition Moderate Party wants to make it easier to deport foreign-national individuals involved in gang violence, even if they have not been convicted of any crime.

The "world's first recycling shopping mall" that enticed Ikea

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:53:00 GMT+2

Ikea's recent announcement that it'll be opening its first second-hand store selling refurbished furniture later this year made international news.

European Court demands answers regarding asylum seekers in Minsk

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:11:00 GMT+2

The European Court of Human Rights wants a prompt response from Sweden regarding the status of a father and son who have taken refuge at the Swedish embassy in Minsk.

First come, first serve system proposed for university entrance exam

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:22:00 GMT+2

The autumn's university entrance exam may now go ahead after all, but in a bid to prevent transmission of Covid-19 the number of aspiring students allowed to take part looks set to be restricted.

Fears that visitors will bring covid into care homes

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:51:00 GMT+2

The government announced yesterday that visits to elderly care homes will be once again be allowed from October 1st, as long as people keep distance and stay away if ill, but nurses are worried some visitors will not listen to these rules, and bring Covid-19 back into the homes.