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Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost

The Swedish government on Wednesday announced plans to invest 55 billion kronor ($8.2 billion) to improve its railway network, after a summer marked by a series of technical problems.

Swedish railways to get 55 billion kronor boost

Some 30 billion kronor would be spent on a line linking Järna in the Stockholm region to the rail network of Linköping, about 150 kilometres to the south-west.

The government said the plans would lead to “more frequent, faster and more punctual” rail services that would not only benefit passengers and rail cargo users, but also create jobs and growth.

Another 20 billion kronor would go towards a temporary increase in the operational budget and maintenance of the national railway until 2025.

The centre-right government also plans to set aside 5 billion kronor for the

Gothenburg-Borås line, which is the last stretch of the Stockholm-Gothenburg link.

Swedish travellers were hit by a series of train delays in August, prompting the news agency TT to describe a “black month” for the rail network.

The government added that other plans are in the pipeline to improve the rail links which would be announced when it presents its 2013 budget on September 20.

It said a law on infrastructure would also be announced in the autumn.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish). 

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