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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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All high school students to be offered Covid-19 vaccine

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:58:00 GMT+2

Sweden will offer a Covid-19 vaccine to all people aged 16 and upwards, the Public Health Agency said on Tuesday. Health Agency head Johan Carlson announced the new recommendation which use to only cover those aged 18 and up. Children as young as 12 will also be offered the vaccine if they have certain underlying health conditions.

All eyes turn to Center Party during political uncertainty

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:49:00 GMT+2

Moderate party leader Ulf Kristersson says it's up to the Center Party to make up its mind, since he can only become prime minister with their backing. Green leader Märta Stenevi, who is equality and housing minister in the government that just fell, says the Center should instead talk to the Social Democrats, Greens and Left parties. Sweden's government fell Monday, after parliament voted it down with a no confidence motion.

Getting vaccinated abroad can be faster but sometimes complicated

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:31:00 GMT+2

Some people with roots abroad are choosing to get their Covid-19 shots when they visit family back home, but there is confusion about how Sweden will handle this. Stockholm's vaccine coordinator says it can be complicated to register foreign vaccine records here, and sometimes a medical decision needs to be made on an individual basis. Hear from two people who received at least one of their jabs abroad.

Sweden to have 9 million extra Covid-19 vaccine doses by year's end

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:31:00 GMT+2

Sweden is expected to have at least 9 million extra doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the autumn. Vaccination coordinator Richard Bergström says if other countries want to buy, then Sweden should sell at cost price. Around 3 million doses from the country are already scheduled for donation to poorer countries.

Voters sound off on government collapse and prospect of extra election

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 10:12:00 GMT+2

Exciting. Expected. Stupid. Or a sign of democracy at work. That's what some voters think about Sweden's governmental crisis after it was voted down by parliament on Monday. Radio Sweden headed to a shopping center in Arninge, north of Stockholm, to hear some people's thoughts. Voters were split on if an extra election was the right way out of the crisis or whether they'd want to see the parliamentary speaker try to solve it.

Big vaccination gaps between rich and poor areas of big cities

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:31:00 GMT+2

In Sweden's two largest cities, the gaps in vaccination rates are wider among middle-aged people than among those aged 65 or older. Just over 79% of those aged 40-64 in Stockholm's well-to-do Danderyd municipality have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while in Rinkeby-Kista, a poorer district of the capital, that figure was 46%. The same difference in people over the age of 65 was less than half of that, on 14 percentage points.

Parties take up positions after government collapse

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 19:57:00 GMT+2

As the government collapsed on Monday, other parties have laid out their thoughts about a new coalition, or a new election. The Left and Center parties are willing to talk to the Social Democrat-Green government. The Liberals, Moderates and Christian Democrats are eager to form a government with Sweden Democrat support.

Expert: It all depends on what Center Party decides

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:01:00 GMT+2

As Sweden's Prime Minister considers whether to resign or call a snap election, Radio Sweden speaks to Södertörn University political scientist Nicholas Aylott on the different outcomes. "Everything depends on the Centre Party. It is the key player and its decisions will shape the outcome," he tells Radio Sweden. Stefan Löfven was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament, Monday.

Prime minister hits back after losing power

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:01:00 GMT+2

Fighting to stay in power, Sweden's prime minister suffered a historic defeat in parliament, and Radio Sweden asks Stefan Löfven why he has been the first ever to lose a no-confidence vote in this way. He blames an alliance from the far-left to the far-right for his defeat. The Social Democrat and Green Party coalition government now has a week to decide whether to call a new election or step down and try to salvage their administration with a new political deal.

Parliament topples government in historic no-confidence vote

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:01:00 GMT+2

Sweden's government fell Monday morning after parliament backed a no-confidence motion with 181 votes. Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats has become the first prime minister to lose power in this way. He has a week to announce a new election or resign.

Government set to fall this morning following Riksdag vote

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 15:32:00 GMT+2

Sweden's government will likely fall Monday morning as it faces a vote of no-confidence in the parliament at 10am. Since the Left Party stopped supporting the government on Thursday, because of proposed changes that would make some home rents higher, there is now a majority against the government in the Riksdag, Sweden's parliament. If the government resigns or is voted down, there will either be a snap election within the next three months, or the Speaker of Parliament will call for talks to try to form a government that parliament could allow.

Sweden moves a step closer to knockout stages of Euro 2020

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 17:28:00 GMT+2

Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0 to move to the top of Euro 2020 Group E on Friday. A second half penalty from Emil Forsberg was enough for the win which moves them to the brink of the last 16, the knockout phase of the football tournament. Sweden's last group match is against Poland on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Why Sweden's government is in crisis

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 13:30:00 GMT+2

Sweden's government will almost certainly fall on Monday. That's the verdict of political scientist Nicholas Aylott, at Södertörn University. Aylott says the current crisis stems from Sweden's deeply divided parliament, with its eight parties wanting such different things. He explains why this is a surprising crisis and what the next steps could be after the no-confidence vote on Monday morning.

Today can be the year's hottest day, weather service says

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 15:49:00 GMT+2

Temperatures are set to hit and surpass the 30°C mark in some areas of the country on Friday, prompting warnings from officials. Gothenburg was the hottest place in the country on Thursday with 29.5°C but it's going to be warmer today, says the national weather forecaster SMHI. "It can be up to 34 degrees in Region Kalmar," in the southeast of Sweden, says SMHI meteorologist Tove Fast.

What to know about the delta variant in Sweden

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:40:00 GMT+2

It's considered by UK government scientists to be between 40 to 80 percent more transmissible than the previous dominant strain with a higher risk of hospital admissions.  But what do we really know about the Delta variant of Covid-19, which has been reported in 13 regions in Sweden with over 200 cases? Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, a professor of acting immunology at the Karolinska Institute, gives her expert opinion on the many questions raised by the latest mutation.

Prime Minister challenges opposition to bring him down

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:15:00 GMT+2

Prime minister Stefan Löfven says it is irresponsible of the Left Party to cause a political crisis during a pandemic. Sweden's government will face a vote of no-confidence on Monday after the Left Party withdrew its support Thursday. After the Left decision to withdraw support in the government the Sweden Democrats were quick to submit a no confidence motion - which the Christian Democrats and Moderate parties say they will back.

Prime Minister to face no confidence vote over clash on rental reforms

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:15:00 GMT+2

The Sweden Democrat Party submitted a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Thursday. This crisis began after the Left Party said it would seek support for a no-confidence vote against the premier over plans to ease rent control rules. The Christian Democrats will also support the motion to bring down the government.

Health agency criticized for delays in identifying variant strains

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:30:00 GMT+2

Some tests for the more dangerous delta mutation of the coronavirus have taken up to six weeks to give a result, broadcaster TV4 reports. The delays meant Region Blekinge missed occurrences of the variant in Sölvesborg. Now all positive tests should be checked for mutations, and the latest figures from the Public Health Agency, from June 10, show 71 confirmed cases of the delta variant in 11 different regions.

Mix of office and remote work the new normal, say major employers

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:25:00 GMT+2

According to several major employers, remote work will continue to be allowed after the Public Health Agency’s social distancing guidelines are set expire at the end of September. Some companies will let workers choose, others are opting for a mix between remote and in-office work. There will likely be more flexibility in public sector too, says Minister for Public Administration Lena Micko.

A testing time for fans following Sweden at Euro 2020

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 15:53:00 GMT+2

Thousands of Swedish football fans will be heading to Russia over the next day or so as Sweden meets Slovakia in St Petersburg in its second group game of Euro 2020 on Friday. For Susanne Petersson, who is chair of the fans organisation Camp Sweden, it means another round of testing for coronavirus after first entering Spain for Sweden's opening group match in Seville. "There has been a lot of tests and a lot of expense, but it's worth it," she tells Radio Sweden while waiting for a flight to St Petersburg from Frankfurt Airport.