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One in ten Swedish newborns to live to 100

Statistics Sweden has predicted that eleven percent of girls born in 2012 will live to be older than 100, with about six percent of boys reaching the same age.

One in ten Swedish newborns to live to 100

A third of Swedes alive today will be older than 90 when they die, but Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån – SCB) now say that by 2060, half of Swedes will reach the age bracket.

Half a decade ago, only ten percent of Swedes reached their nineties.

As time progresses, more and more Swedes will also live past the century-mark, with more than one in ten girls reaching 100. In the same time frame, six percent of boys born today will reach that age.

The biggest population increase is in the 65-plus age bracket, which will have added one million people by 2060. There will be another half million children and teenagers, and also half a million Swedes between 20 and 64.

In short, the number of Swedes at an age where they are likely to be in employment will not increase as much as older citizens.

Other noteworthy nuggets in the population report published on Wednesday include Sweden passing the 10-million citizens mark in 2017. The speed in which Sweden will have added one million people to its population is unprecedented, Statistics Sweden noted. By 2040, there will be eleven million Swedes.

The state statistics bureau publishes a population analysis yearly, with a more in-depth review every three years.

Its statisticians explain the population pick-up rate with immigration and birth rates. The large number of children born around 1990 means there will be another baby boom around 2020 when that generation start having families.

Immigrants will continue to outnumber emigrants. Today, about 15 percent of Sweden’s population is born abroad. By 2060, that number is predicted to reach 18 percent.

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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
 
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
 
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
 
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
 
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
 
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
 
 
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At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera
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