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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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Palme murder investigation to end by July

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:27:00 GMT+2

The long-running mystery over who killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in the Eighties may soon have an answer.

Universities, high schools to reopen classrooms this autumn

Fri, 29 May 2020 14:23:00 GMT+2

The government said classrooms in upper secondary schools, universities and adult education programs can reopen their doors this autumn after switching over to remote learning in mid-March.

Care deaths criticised in parliament as government rating drops

Fri, 29 May 2020 13:07:00 GMT+2

The government was heavily criticised today in a parliamentary debate Friday for failing to protect the elderly.

Draft law would let municipalities close eateries violating health rules

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:29:00 GMT+2

A draft law would give local governments the power to shut down restaurants and bars caught not following physical distancing rules, rather than having to go via county medical officers.

Coronavirus: Swedish top flight football to kick-off June 14th

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:26:00 GMT+2

After weeks of uncertainty and delays, Sweden's top flight football season was on Friday given the green light by authorities to begin on June 14th behind closed doors.

Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre brings performances to care homes for the elderly

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:12:00 GMT+2

With a ban on public gatherings of over 50 people putting their usual business on hold, Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre has seized the opportunity to make a difference for the section of society hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Center party calls for changes to government's Covid-19 strategy

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:29:00 GMT+2

The Center Party proposed a 5-point plan to alter the government's response to COVID-19, calling for more testing and infection tracing.

Some care home staff too scared to work due to covid-19

Fri, 29 May 2020 06:16:00 GMT+2

Some people working in care homes in Stockholm have been so worried about working during the coronavirus pandemic that they have called in sick or cancelled their shifts, say managers at over 40 such care homes.

3.5 percent of Stockholmers predicted to now have symptomatic Covid-19, app researchers say

Thu, 28 May 2020 14:00:00 GMT+2

Around 160,000 people in Sweden have downloaded Lund University's COVID symptom reporting app which aims to help track the virus in real time.

Politicians say they didn't realise they were scrapping PPE stocks

Fri, 29 May 2020 10:23:00 GMT+2

Local politicians who scrapped stocks of protective equipment in updated regional pandemic plans now say they didn't realise what they were voting for, Swedish Radio News reports.

Government said Sweden was well-prepared despite flaws in readiness

Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:00 GMT+2

An investigation by Swedish Radio News shows that the government described Sweden's readiness to deal with the coronavirus back at the beginning of the pandemic as "good", despite signals of equipment shortages and a lack of expertise to deal with a pandemic.

What people long to do after the pandemic

Wed, 27 May 2020 18:05:00 GMT+2

Hugging. And getting on the bus as normal. That's some of the things people are looking forward to doing when the corona pandemic is over, according to the preliminary results of a study at Karlstad University.

Sweden says "no" to EU corona grants

Wed, 27 May 2020 17:15:00 GMT+2

Three-quarters of a trillion euros have been proposed by the EU Commission to deal with the economic damage of the corona pandemic. It's backed by France and Germany, but all EU countries would need to vote yes, and Sweden currently says "no".

Music artists in Sweden finding creative ways of reaching fans

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:11:00 GMT+2

With Covid-19 forcing the closure of live venues, times are tough for touring musicians. But they're finding new, creative ways to meet their audience.

With health guidelines unchanged, Sweden's elderly must 'keep on'

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:37:00 GMT+2

Health and government officials left guidelines for the elderly unchanged this week, meaning otherwise healthy people aged 70 and more should still avoid physical contact with others.

Säpo demand law change to stop extremists from running schools

Wed, 27 May 2020 12:55:00 GMT+2

Sweden's security and intelligence service Säpo deem that there are about ten schools and preschools in Sweden that are run by people who have links to violent extremism. They are now calling for changes in the law.

Lack of qualified teachers in "Swedish as a second language"

Wed, 27 May 2020 12:16:00 GMT+2

Many head teachers are not satisfied with the classes in "Swedish as a second language", according to a survey by Swedish Radio. Data from the National Board  of Education show that there is a lack of qualified teachers for this subject.

Municipalities forgotten when Sweden prepared for the pandemic

Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:00 GMT+2

The initial plans to tackle the coronavirus forgot to involve the municipalities, which may have cost lives, according to several county medical officers that Swedish Radio News has spoken to.

Why Sweden is still struggling with its corona test target

Thu, 28 May 2020 12:27:00 GMT+2

Sweden has failed to meet its target of 100,000 weekly corona tests and the health minister has said her promise of 100,000 test a week was "naive."

After a record year, campsites now brace for an uncertain summer

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

Last year was a record one for Swedish campsites but now the sector, like the rest of the tourism industry, is waiting to hear what safety measures will apply for the summer travel season.