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Last updated: 6 8 2019

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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Gotland coordinator not worried over vaccine tourism

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 17:24:00 GMT+2

When vaccines become available to the general public, you don’t have to get the jab in the place where you are registered with a permanent address. But the amount of vaccines that are administered to the regions are calculated on the basis of the number of residents. It’s best go get vaccinated in a place you are staying long-term, says Gotland’s vaccine coordinator.

150 claims of injuries related to vaccine shots

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:31:00 GMT+2

Nearly 150 people in Sweden are demanding compensation from The Swedish Pharmaceutical Insurance because of injuries related to vaccine against Covid-19. Anders Hultman, vice president of The Swedish Pharmaceutical Insurance says that no compensation has yet been decided. "More time needs to pass before we can investigate this, since the vaccine has only been around since late December", he says.

Uppsala reverses its change to vaccine priority

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:40:00 GMT+2

Region Uppsala backed down from a change it made on Thursday to its vaccine priority list that said people who already had Covid-19 should only get one vaccine dose six months after testing positive. The decision was at odds with national vaccine guidelines drawn up by the Public Health Agency. The agency told Uppsala it didn't support a separate vaccination plan for those already infected.

Top flight football league kicks off again amid pandemic

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:40:00 GMT+2

Sweden's top football league - Allsvenskan - kicks off this weekend for its second season during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like last year, fans are still not allowed to attend matches for the time being as cases of the coronavirus are still growing. Swedish Radio football expert Richard Henriksson tells us he's particularly keen on seeing what Napoli legend Marek Hamsik can do for IFK Göteborg.

Pandemic and spring causing a bike boom

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:58:00 GMT+2

Vendors are seeing a sharp increase in bike sales, as more people look for alternatives to public transport.   The rise in demand has led to a shortage of new bikes and shop owner Tonny Sabandar tells Radio Sweden: "We almost sell out all the bikes we have for the day". With more bikes in traffic, some paths might get crowded, warns association.

Parliament wants total ban on multiple spouses

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:47:00 GMT+2

The government is about to propose removing recognition from foreign marriages involving several spouses at the same time. Most lawmakers in parliament want to go further and never allow it to be recognised in the future. "Women could still have the right to inheritance, even though the multiple marriage is not accepted", says Mikael Eskilandersson of the Sweden Democrats.

Moderates' integration policy: reduce immigration, emphasize language

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:11:00 GMT+2

The conservative Moderates want policy to be evaluated based on how many immigrants can support themselves and how many can speak Swedish, as part of a new integration policy detailed in DN Debate and in a list of 100 suggestions. They claim that there is deep social segregation among many immigrants. Among their proposals, they want to implement a Swedish requirement for permanent residence.

Government presents migration compromise

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:49:00 GMT+2

The Social Democrat and Green parties presented a proposal for a new migration system, to replace the temporary law that runs out on July 1. Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson says the new system will now be based on temporary residence permits. The government's proposal will now be examined by the council on law and will also need to pass a a vote in the very divided parliament.

Vaccine waste due to incorrect storage

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:40:00 GMT+2

The Covid-19 vaccine may be the world's most precious resources right now, but that doesn't mean it's never wasted. At least a thousand vaccine doses have been discarded in Sweden, due to incorrect storage, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Both Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines have to be transported and stored at very low temperatures, which increases the chances of incorrect storage.

Government proposes end to tough sick pay system

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 11:21:00 GMT+2

The government proposes changes in the law which would make it easier for people to get sick pay for longer. Social insurance minister Ardalan Shekarabi says the system would prioritise early rehabilitation instead of tough judgements and benefit refusals. The proposed changes would take effect in September 2022 if they pass a vote in Parliament.

Children born in Sweden deported despite UN Convention

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:42:00 GMT+2

Children born in Sweden are being deported because their parents do not have the right to stay here - despite a recent judgement stating the best interests of the child to be central in such decisions. 13-year old Hadicha who has lived in Sweden all her life is one of these children. The child's interest must be weighed against having regulated migration, says Daniel Grynfarb of the Migration Agency.

EU agency: AstraZeneca vaccine can possibly cause blood clots

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:40:00 GMT+2

The safety committee of the European Medicines Agency has found that AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine can possibly cause blood clots. The committee stressed that the overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing coronavirus outweigh the risks of side effects. Sweden's Public Health Agency said the conclusion will not change the recommendation to give the vaccine to only people over 65 years of age in Sweden. 

Restaurants divided over vaccination certificates

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:00:00 GMT+2

Should Sweden allow people who are vaccinated to enter restaurants with fewer restrictions? The question has been raised recently after more and more countries propose similar ideas.  Many restaurant owners welcome the idea, but not everyone agrees.  Top chef Stefan Karlsson is one of the skeptical ones, and says: "I don't think that this is a realistic solution at all".

One dead after fight and fire in student housing

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:34:00 GMT+2

A fire has destroyed student housing in Halmstad in southwestern Sweden, and a person found at the scene has died of stab injuries. Three peope have been charged with murder and arson. Police originally thought the fire had been caused by an explosion but now think the blast was caused by fire.

Indian student won migration appeal - but still no job-search visa

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:56:00 GMT+2

Jaisudha Nandakumar won her appeal when the Migration Agency wanted to deport her, but now her application for a one-year residency permit to look for a job after her studies has been rejected. According to the Migration Agency, she was 2.5 weeks too late in applying. She says that is the time it took Lund University to issue the certificate to show that she had finished her studies. 

Archbishop abused after integration comments

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 11:58:00 GMT+2

The archbishop of the Church of Sweden has faced abuse over her comments regarding immigration. Antje Jackelén said the proposal to demand a language exam for new Swedish citizens was wrong. Since then the church has reported what it calls a storm of abuse towards the archbishop's social media, leading to her taking a break from Twitter.

Covid sick pay reforms to remain until vaccine target reached

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:53:00 GMT+2

The government will keep paying people to stay away from work when they feel sick, as part of measures worth SEK 7 billion. Currently people can get paid for staying away from work from the very first sick day, although usually there is a period of one day without any pay. The government now reasons that as long as the vaccination target is not reached, the more generous sick pay rules will stay.

More men than women report Covid symptoms beyond 10 weeks

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:11:00 GMT+2

In a Novus poll, more men than women report having Covid-like symptoms for over 10 weeks. But more women than men have visited the clinics that were started for patients with long-term symptoms. The National Board of Health and Welfare believes that the study provides important information but that we still know too little to get a picture of the full extent of long Covid.

Legal experts weigh in on student visa extensions

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:18:00 GMT+2

Several international master's students, whose studies were delayed because of the pandemic, have appealed decisions to reject their applications to extend student visas. Radio Sweden asked lawyers to assess the situation and whether the students have a case. The Migration Agency says aspects of these cases "probably should be looked at" by the appeals court, but that it is too early to say whether this will happen.

Churches prepare for Easter services without people

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 16:55:00 GMT+2

It's Maundy Thursday, the beginning of the Easter celebrations, the most important time of the year for Christians. While last Easter marked the early weeks of the pandemic, this year Christian worshippers are having to adapt to tougher restrictions. "You miss the people and they miss that sense of belonging," Julia Andersson, a priest at Boo Parish, tells Radio Sweden, about digital services.