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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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Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year olds moved forward

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 17:09:00 GMT+2

The Public Health Agency says Sweden's regions can begin vaccinating children aged 12-15 from October 11, instead of the first week in November as originally planned.  The agency changed its stance after Stockholm and several other regional health authorities complained that starting after the Autumn school holidays was too late. Radio Sweden has spoken to several regional vaccine coordinators to hear how preparations are going to vaccinate the youngest age group so far.

Return to sender? Why some packages don't make it through customs

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 17:08:00 GMT+2

Radio Sweden's listeners have complained of an array of problems they encounter when they get shipped parcels from abroad.  Those problems can range from what listeners call "unnecessary fees" to packages never arriving at all. We visited the postal terminal at Arlanda airport to see what happens to post as it arrives in Sweden, and what the pitfalls can be when sending post to Sweden from abroad.

'Happened so fast': actor Edvin Ryding on 'Young Royals' success

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:48:00 GMT+2

Actor Edvin Ryding has found critical success and developed an international following through the Netflix series "Young royals" which debuted this summer. Ryding, 18, says he's not use to the attention and told Swedish Radio's Culture Department that he found the situation bizarre, since it happened so fast. The show is a Swedish-produced teen drama where Ryding plays a fictional Prince Wilhelm of Sweden who is sent off to an elite boarding school.

More flexible visa rules for "full-time-studies" criteria

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:19:00 GMT+2

International students may be eligible to extend their visa, by up to a semester, to finish their studies, even if they will not be studying full-time, according to a new decision by the Migration Agency. This is welcome news to many masters students who have struggled to finish their studies on time because of the pandemic. "Some students with serious intentions are struggling to take the (required) credits," said David Lindstrand, senior legal advisor at the Migration Agency, to explain the change in the rules.

Despite criticism, government advances plan to save cement factory

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:19:00 GMT+2

The government will push ahead with a temporary legal change to help a factory that supplies 75 percent of Sweden's cement to remain open eight months more. That's despite the Council on Legislation rejecting the proposal earlier this month, saying it went against Swedish law. The limestone mine operated by Cementa AB had its permit renewal rejected this summer and the company warns losing it could jeopardize Sweden's cement supply.

Treatment of gunshot and knife wounds up nearly 50 percent over last decade

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 05:02:00 GMT+2

The number of people treated for gunshot or knife wounds in Sweden has risen by nearly fifty percent between 2010 and 2020. That's according to figures from the National Board of Health and Welfare, which showed that more than 1,100 people received care for them last year. Emergency room nurse Patric Antonsson said it was unusual to see stab wounds 20 years ago but now it's something that can be seen every week.

PhD students greatly concerned over new residence permit rules

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 17:15:00 GMT+2

A maintenance requirement in the new migration law is causing great concern among PhD students from outside the EU in Sweden. Radio Sweden spoke to PhD student Mohammad Abuasbeh, who fears the changed rules will mean he will get stuck in an eternal loop of temporary extensions of his residence permit. But migration minister Morgan Johansson tells Radio Sweden: "they must meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, like everyone else applying for these permits."

Moderates: make it easier to revoke a residence permit

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:59:00 GMT+2

The Moderate Party will consider a stricter immigration policy next month that would make it easier to revoke a person's residence permit. Migration spokesperson Maria Malmer Stenergard said people who were granted asylum but who then later vacation in the same country they once fled could lose their permanent residence permit. The proposal is part of a broader policy proposal on migration and integration.

Budget analysis: 'A tricky balancing act'

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:00:00 GMT+2

Announcing the government's budget for 2022, Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson said 'this is a budget that will take Sweden forward after the pandemic'. But is it a budget that will receive enough support to pass parliament in November? "She has a difficult balancing act to perform. Her problem is that she needs the support of two parties who have extremely poor relations," Nicholas Aylott, an associate professor of political science at Södertörn University tells Radio Sweden.

Government unveils billions for new reforms in draft budget

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:32:00 GMT+2

Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson unveiled the government's 2022 draft budget on Monday, which included SEK74 billion in new spending. Andersson said the budget would move Sweden forward after the pandemic.  Opposition parties have already criticized the proposal saying it does not address the country's problems with crime and unemployment.

Thousands more appeal sick pay rejections by Social Insurance Agency

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:43:00 GMT+2

The number of appeals against sick pay decisions by the Social Insurance Agency have almost doubled over the last five years.  Last year, almost 7,000 decisions concerning sickness benefits were appealed. Therese Östlin, national coordinator in health insurance at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, does not believe that there is a single explanation for the increase in the number of rejections and appeals.

'Sounds very ABBA': Agnetha Fältskog on supergroup's new album

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:35:00 GMT+2

ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog talks about the band's reunion and new album coming out this November in an world exclusive interview with Swedish Radio. The group is back on the world charts with its two new singles after a decades-long hiatus. Fältskog told Svensktoppen's Carolina Norén the band was so "happy, thankful and moved" by the enormous reception they received from their fans worldwide. Click on the play button to hear more, and you can hear a longer version in Swedish on the Svensktoppen homepage.

New billions to secure vaccines and testing

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:15:00 GMT+2

Sweden is to spend almost SEK 10 billion next year to meet the consequences of the corona pandemic. Finance minister Magdalena Andersson issued the latest budget proposal at a press conference today where she said "lack of money should not stand in the way of protecting people's lives and health". The money is said to ensure access to vaccines, testing and contact tracing, but financial support to companies will be phased out as planned.

European Commission wants to extend export restrictions for vaccines - but Sweden says no

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:01:00 GMT+2

The European Commission wants to extend the export restrictions on vaccines, despite the fact that today there is a large surplus of Covid vaccines in Europe. Sweden will, however, vote no. "The EU will have a surplus of 900 million doses,so it is incomprehensible why we should have restrictions," says Sweden's Minister for Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg. The last time the restrictions were extended in June, only seven EU countries voted against.

Foreign intelligence services could gain direct access to personal data held by FRA

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:56:00 GMT+2

Foreign intelligence and security services could soon have direct access to personal data held by the National Radio Defence Establishment (FRA) if there is a threat to the activities of the Armed Forces or a risk of terrorist attacks or IT attacks, according to a new proposal from the government. In addition, the FRA will be allowed to conduct signal reconnaissance, even if it does not directly concern Sweden and Swedish interests, news agency TT reports. Professor of international law, Mark Klamberg, tells Swedish Radio: "In some cases it could be justified, but in others we could end up in a situation where we tap other countries' governments or elected officials, when we have no interest in it, and that could hurt our relations with that country if it gets revealed".

To vaccinate more, officials shift strategy to mobile sites

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:56:00 GMT+2

The government announced another SEK 40 million this week to get more people to vaccinate themselves against Covid-19. The money will fund measures like drop-in vaccination buses to try to reach areas where inoculation rates are lower. Region Stockholm is one area that's shifting from mass vaccination sites to mobile ones to hopefully persuade more people to take the jab.

80-million-year-old dinosaur bone found by Dutch family in Skåne

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:45:00 GMT+2

A Dutch family found an old tibia bone from a dinosaur while looking for fossils at Åsens field station in Skåne. The rare finding is around 80 million years old and comes from a dinosaur which used to live on land, Kristianstandsbladet reports. Amateur palaentologist Filip Lindgren tells Radio Sweden that this bone is the first one of its kind to be found in Sweden. 

Children aged 12 to 15 to be offered Covid vaccine, government says

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:56:00 GMT+2

The Public Health Agency says it has been looking at the impact of offering the jabs to children in other countries before making the decision. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said the youngsters will be offered both doses of the vaccine, for the good of their own health. "It reduces the risk of severe and serious disease and the risk that you miss school," Löfven told a news conference.

Climate change - the biggest threat to global food security

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:15:00 GMT+2

A new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute warns that the global food supply is threatened by climate change, Swedish Radio News reports. Both rich and poor countries are dependent on trade and there may be shortages of important crops such as corn, wheat, soy and coffee beans, the report says. A large part of the coffee consumed in Sweden is grown in Brazil and there the production of the popular variety arabica will decrease by over 60 percent in the coming decades, according to the report.

Medical groups support vaccinating younger teens against Covid

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:47:00 GMT+2

Sweden's association of regional communicable disease doctors and the Swedish Pediatric Society support vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds against the coronavirus. "[W]e have good evidence that the vaccines are effective but also very secure to give to children," communicable disease doctor Malin Bengnér said. The Public Health Agency decided to make the vaccine available to younger teens as of November on Thursday.