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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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High levels of unemployment expected to climb again

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:08:00 GMT+1

Last year Sweden experienced its highest rate of unemployment in over two decades. Since the spring, the unemployment rate has stabilised at just under 9 percent but the Public Employment Service expects it to rise again over the coming months. "One risk with this crisis is that long-term joblessness will increase and increase permanently," says Annika Sundén at the agency.

Sweden will not offer free vaccines to some citizens living abroad

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 06:21:00 GMT+1

Sweden will not offer free vaccines to citizens that have moved abroad to some countries.  Most people who have moved away from Sweden no longer have full access to the country’s healthcare system because they don't pay Swedish taxes. The organisation Swedes Worldwide thinks this decision is wrong and the government should offer free vaccines for all its citizens. 

More snow set to blanket northern Sweden as storm sweeps through

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:58:00 GMT+1

Northern Sweden, already saddled with snow, is in for more wintry weather on Thursday as a storm passes through. The Swedish weather agency has issued a class two warnings – its second highest – for Västernorrland and Västerbotten, saying the coastal regions on the east will see heavy snow and high winds. The Swedish Transport Administration has asked motorists to stay off the roads.

Government allows mix of remote and in-person learning for high schools

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:16:00 GMT+1

Sweden has adjusted its line for upper secondary schools, allowing them to have a mix of remote and in-person learning until the end of March. Going forward, some campuses in areas where the spread of the virus remains high may stay closed, but others can reopen.  At the same time, the government renewed most of its existing measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Löfven: Trump's presidency summed up by 'chaos, division, threats'

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:45:00 GMT+1

In an official statement, Swedish PM Stefan Löfven said he "looks forward to close cooperation with" US President Joe Biden. In a social media post, Löfven used stronger language saying outgoing President Donald Trump's time in the White House was marked by "chaos, division, threats and hatred." Swedish politicians welcomed Biden's win but admitted he faced great challenges in the coming 4 years.

Demand for online doctor visits surged during pandemic

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:28:00 GMT+1

The demand for digital consultations with doctors has seen a sharp increase in the past year. During 2019, about a million people in Sweden used online doctor services. In 2020, up until the month of November, that number passed 2 million. The cost for online consultation also doubled, from half a billion Swedish kronor in 2019, to one billion in 2020.

Trade union criticises government over proposed EU minimum wage law

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:09:00 GMT+1

Before Wednesday’s EU debate in Parliament, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation criticised the government for not doing enough to stop the EU Commission’s proposal for an EU-wide minimum wage. Nordic countries have criticised the initiative, fearing it could undermine the long-established systems of collective bargaining. Sweden doesn't have a fixed minimum wage, but instead salaries are directly negotiated between unions and employers.

Cancer patients are getting treatment faster during the pandemic

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:32:00 GMT+1

During the coronavirus pandemic, the average waiting period to get surgery for cancer patients has gone down.  With hospitals under increasing pressure, those with cancer have been prioritized over patients with conditions where treatments can be postponed. However, roughly 10 to 12 percent fewer people are checking themselves for the most common types of cancer. 

More people claiming tax reduction for labour costs

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:49:00 GMT+1

More people are claiming a tax deduction for labor costs during the pandemic. The ROT deduction which involves construction work, increased with about 10 percent, reaching almost SEK 11 billion, and the RUT deduction rose with 6 percent equaling SEK 6 billion. This year more services will be approved and the maximum amount of tax reduction is raised to SEK 75,000 for the RUT deduction.

Why Sweden is pushing ahead with 5G without two Chinese companies

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:09:00 GMT+1

The contracts for Sweden's future 5G network are being bid on starting Tuesday. We hear why two Chinese companies have been banned from the process, and why industry in Sweden is so eager to get the process going, despite the legal complaints. Researcher Anna Michalski and Swedish radio's tech reporter Sven Carlsson give their insights.

Government and its partners agree on financial aid to businesses

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:25:00 GMT+1

The Government and their parliamentary partners have agreed to help out businesses that have been forced to close down as a result of the new pandemic law. The aid will cover fixed expenses such as rents and to receive the support businesses need to have lost at least 30 percent of their revenue.  Liberal Party leader Nyamko Sabuni says they don't know how much it will all cost in the end.

Experts call for more testing on Covid-19 mutation

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:48:00 GMT+1

A new variant of Covid-19 is worrying Swedish experts who are demanding more be done to identify and test for different virus strains. The experts warn that if the mutation gains a foothold in Sweden, it will cause greater strain on the health care system. The Public Health Agency will today give new figures on how many cases of this variant have been detected so far.

Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis wins Swedish public prize

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:23:00 GMT+1

The Swedish public has had its say and Armand Duplantis has won Swedish Radio Sports' Jerring Prize for best sporting achievement in 2020.  The young pole vaulter set two new World Indoors records and erased Sergei Bubka's 26-year-old outdoors World Record last year. "I am so thankful to the Swedish public, I feel so welcome in Sweden," said Duplantis, who has an American father and Swedish mother.

Hundreds of former medical workers offer help in Västra Götaland

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:18:00 GMT+1

Health care staff in Västra Götaland region is still under great strain, with some workers changing departments to help fill the gaps. They're searching outside their ranks, through websites and social media, for people with medical training that currently are working within other fields. The region's most strained departments are its intensive care unit and pandemic care.

Work to defend democracy as Sweden celebrates its centenary

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:24:00 GMT+1

Sweden marks 100 years of universal suffrage this year and the government has allocated extra money to strengthen democracy. The Living History Forum works with youth and children to look at what democracy is - and isn't -  and how has it developed over time. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven warns that what happened in the US, with Capitol Hill being stormed, could also happen in Sweden.

Elsa from Gotland, one of the first to receive second vaccine dose

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:06:00 GMT+1

Three weeks after receiving their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, some residents in elderly care homes began receiving their second and final jabs on Monday. One of them is Elsa Söderdahl, who was the first person to be vaccinated on Gotland after Christmas. "It actually feels nice not to be afraid anymore although I don't intend to go out much in any case," she says.

Safety agency sees record number of work related Covid-19 reports

Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:45:00 GMT+1

A record number of work related incidents and accidents linked to Covid-19 has been reported - an alarming development says Ulrika Scholander at the Swedish Work Environment Authority. Last week, there were 484 reports - more than any other week during the pandemic. Most reports are from health and social care, but more are coming other sectors like schools and stores.

More stores in rural areas staying open due to immigrant owners

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:28:00 GMT+1

Many rural grocery stores slated for closure have been revived by new owners with an immigrant background.  Abdi Buchari from Pakistan took over a store last year in Rörvik, Småland. He says it's been easy to get started but the hours are long. Exactly how many stores are run by people with a foreign background is unclear, but their numbers have, increased according to Axfood, food retail group.

Thousands of Brits have applied for residence status following Brexit

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:17:00 GMT+1

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, many Brits living in Sweden have to apply for residence status here. About 4,500 out of the estimated 20,000 Brits that live in Sweden that do not hold Swedish citizenship have so far applied, says the Swedish Migration Agency. Applicants that Radio Sweden talked to say waiting for a decision is stressful.  

Pandemic halts more than 91,000 medical operations last year

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:05:00 GMT+1

Last year, over 443,000 operations were carried out in Sweden which is more than 91,000 fewer than in 2019. Gunnar Enlund, a senior doctor at the Akademiska hospital in Uppsala who works with the preoperative register says he's never seen such a decline. "Should we be able to operate and catch up, we should increase our capacity by about 10 percent and then it would take 20 months," he tells Swedish Radio News.