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Last updated: 6 8 2019

Links to news in easy-to-understand Swedish and Swedish news translated into other languages. You can also read the latest news from Sveriges Radio.

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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Dress code at a Swedish school? Only if it isn't compulsory

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:33:00 GMT+2

School uniforms were once again in the news this week, after one school company said they wanted to introduce a dress code in their schools. But school uniforms are not allowed in Sweden. Unless they are voluntary.

Sweden's Prime Minister on new Estonia ferry revelations

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:56:00 GMT+2

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board is now considering the new information that has emerged about the sinking of the passenger ferry Estonia over 25 years ago, but says no formal request for an investigation has been received, Swedish Radio reports.

Swedish economy 'not as severely hit' as first thought, analyst says

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:42:00 GMT+2

After the Swedish economy suffered through the spring and summer, the National Institute of Economic Research is now predicting a sharp upturn for the third quarter.

Region requires all visitors to wear face masks at elderly care homes in Umeå

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:48:00 GMT+2

Region Västerbotten says when the ban on visiting elderly care homes is lifted on Thursday, all staff and visitors to nursing homes in Umeå must be wearing face masks.

Local health chief warns Stockholmers not to ignore health recommendations

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:59:00 GMT+2

The number of Covid-19 cases in greater Stockholm continues to rise, leading the director in charge of healthcare for the region to wonder if people have stopped following public health recommendations.

Soft start expected when Amazon launches operations in Sweden

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:40:00 GMT+2

The American e-commerce giant Amazon will open for business soon in Sweden after years of speculation. Interviews by Swedish Radio News suggest the company will likely take a measured approach to its launch here though.

Limit of 50 people could be raised to 500 for 'seated audiences'

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 16:22:00 GMT+2

The government wants to introduce exceptions to the 50-people-limit on public gatherings, so that seated audiences of up to 500 people could be allowed, as long as they follow physical distancing guidelines. Restaurants will also be allowed to offer live entertainment.

Prosecutors indict surgeon Paolo Macchiarini for trachea transplants

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:54:00 GMT+2

Prosecutors indicted Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini on charges of aggravated assault on Tuesday for three synthetic trachea transplants carried out at Karolinska University hospital in Stockholm nearly a decade ago.

Mälardalen University sends students into quarantine after outbreak

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:06:00 GMT+2

More than 60 students at Mälardalen University, mostly in Västerås, have been told to go into two-week quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Criticism for rules on upcoming visits to elderly care homes

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:25:00 GMT+2

Sweden will lift its ban on visits to elderly care homes on Thursday and several groups have called the regulations set to govern them unnecessary or repetitive.

Relatives of some elderly corona victims not informed about palliative care

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:59:00 GMT+2

Swedish Radio News reports that more than a hundred people have filed complaints to the Swedish Health and Care Inspectorate about the treatment of their elderly relatives with Covid-19.

Wind farm rejected in local Dalarna referendum

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:32:00 GMT+2

A majority of people voting in a local referendum have said no to a wind park in a hilly, forested area in Malung-Sälen municipality in Dalarna.  The local politicians have stressed that it is an advisory referendum, but can they ignore the outcome of the vote?

Deadline nears for labor negotiations on employment law

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:33:00 GMT+2

Wednesday serves as a deadline for negotiations on Sweden's Employment Protection Act, a watershed piece of legislation that regulates the hiring and firing of workers.

Preem withdraws plans to expand oil refinery on west coast

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:10:00 GMT+2

Environmental campaigners in Sweden are celebrating after Preem on Monday withdrew controversial plans to expand its oil refinery on the west coast.

Dadgostar officially nominated to lead Left Party

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:43:00 GMT+2

Nooshi Dadgostar has been officially put forward to become the new leader of the Left Party.

Estonia ferry tragedy: hole prompts calls for new wreck investigation

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:32:00 GMT+2

New information about a large hole in the hull of the ferry Estonia, which sank en route to Stockholm 26 years ago today, has been revealed in a new documentary, leading calls to reopen the investigation into the maritime tragedy.

Coronavirus: Thousands of cancer cases risk being undetected

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:14:00 GMT+2

Around 3,500 cancer cases in Sweden are estimated to be undetected as a result of the pandemic, according to a report from the country's regional cancer centres.

Disappointment after government shelves easing of public gathering cap

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:42:00 GMT+2

Hopes of Sweden easing its 50-person limit on public gatherings and events were dashed on Thursday as parts of the country experience an uptick in Covid-19 cases.

Government pushes for remote working as commuter numbers increase

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:38:00 GMT+2

In a bid to overcome obstacles to working from home and to encourage people to stay away from offices and public transport, the government has asked the Work Environment Authority to inform employers about how to create healthy conditions for remote workers.

Internal criticism about representation in Swedish Radio: "We don't reflect all of society"

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:25:00 GMT+2

In a letter, 39 employees and former employees of Sveriges Radio have accused the company of racism and a lack of representation.