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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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Mixed emotions as Sweden's upper secondary schools reopen for new term

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:22:00 GMT+2

Next week Sweden's upper secondary school students return to the classroom for the first time since distance learning was introduced in the spring, and it's provoking a mixture of both excitement and concern.

Swedish study implies woolly rhino extinction caused by climate change

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:41:00 GMT+2

The woolly rhinoceros, which lived in Europe and Northern Asia around 14,000 years ago, was always thought to have been hunted into extinction.

New curriculum saves ancient history but more school hours may be needed

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:32:00 GMT+2

The government has accepted the proposed new school curriculum, which saves threatened subjects such as ancient history.

More young people are being sentenced to prison in Sweden

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:13:00 GMT+2

The number of people aged under 21 in Swedish prisons is rising.

Despite state help, most of Sweden's regions predict deficits this year

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:14:00 GMT+2

It's predicted that 18 of Sweden's 21 regions will have a deficit this year as they deal with the extra costs imposed by the coronavirus.

Migration reform committee appears set to end in disagreement

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:55:00 GMT+2

All of Sweden's parliamentary parties have been in talks to hammer out a new migration law, but the disagreements between them appear too deep to create any general proposal.

Swedish economy looks to be on road to recovery, new forecast says

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:08:00 GMT+2

Sweden's National Institute of Economic Research says there are signs the economy is starting to improve as production and demand increase.

Public Health Agency's report on Covid-19 in schools flawed, says epidemiologist

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:21:00 GMT+2

A report published by the Swedish and Finnish public health agencies which concluded that opening schools does not impact the prevalance of the coronavirus among children has been criticised by an epidemiology professor at Lund University, who says it is not based on strong enough data.

First all-girl American football team to touch down in Stockholm

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:34:00 GMT+2

Girls in Sweden who play American football usually join mixed teams, alongside boys and once they turn 17, many drop out of the contact sport. Now, the country's oldest club is starting a new team just for girls under the age of 17.

Booking Covid-19 tests a tough task for Sweden's visually impaired

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:12:00 GMT+2

Booking a coronavirus test online can be difficult for people with visual impairments due to limits with the technology. That's according to the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired.

Sweden sees a rise in divorce applications during pandemic

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:54:00 GMT+2

The number of applications for divorce in Sweden has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.

EU should consider sanctions against Belarus, foreign minister says

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:21:00 GMT+2

The European Union should consider sanctions against Belarus, Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with her EU counterparts at the end of the week.

Fewer deaths than expected in July after months of excess mortality

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:08:00 GMT+2

Fewer people died in Sweden last month than would normally have been expected, following several months of excess mortality that peaked in April and May.

As work opportunities shrink, university students feel financial pinch

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:45:00 GMT+2

The coronavirus pandemic means university students are having a tough time finding part-time work.

Record number of trains arrived on time in July

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:18:00 GMT+2

A record number of Swedish trains arrived on time in July, meaning that time keeping targets set since 2013 were met for the first time.

Tegnell: Schools not the driving place for this pandemic

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:21:00 GMT+2

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, there are concerns about what will happen as students return to school in the coming days.

Driving test backlog leaves hopefuls waiting for months

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:22:00 GMT+2

Driving tests almost ground to a halt in the spring as the coronavirus pandemic gained pace. The resulting backlog now means wait times to take them are an average of three months.

Long-term unemployment rises but housing market thrives over summer

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:19:00 GMT+2

Unemployment continues to rise in Sweden, new data shows. Though it is generally doing so at a slower rate than previously during the coronvirus pandemic, long-term unemployment is picking up pace.

Anti-bullying efforts lacks student involvement, new report shows

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:55:00 GMT+2

In a new report from anti-bullying charity Friends, 65 percent of children in school years six to nine say they only partially, rarely or never are involved in their school's work to combat bullying.

Second-hand stores surprised by donations during pandemic

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:07:00 GMT+2

Second-hand stores have been amazed at the number of donations they've received recently. "We get so many gifts, it's crazy" says Eva Bååth at Stockholm Stadsmission thrift.