Will Ferrell feels the wrath of a Swedish chimney sweep

Hollywood actor Will Ferrell has been reprimanded by a chimney sweep over the safety of his home in Gnesta, south-west of Stockholm.

Will Ferrell feels the wrath of a Swedish chimney sweep
Actor Will Ferrell (left) and a chimney sweep (right). Photo: Rich Fury/AP & Karl Mathis/AP

The star, who owns a summerhouse in the town and is married to Swede Viveca Paulin, has often celebrated the Scandinavian country and its culture in American television appearances.

But that hasn’t been enough to prevent him from receiving a scolding from Södertälje-based chimney sweepers Kringelsotaren, who carried out an inspection of the chimneys in his Swedish home last week on behalf of the local municipality.

According to local paper Södermanlands Nyheter, the company complained that Ferrell and his wife lack the apparatus necessary to prevent ladders from slipping when being used to access their roof. They also pointed out that the property lacks a roof ladder – a serious matter, it seems.

“Yes, what can I say, this is all about safety. If you had a car with no brakes that hadn’t been inspected, that wouldn’t be good either,” one of the chimney sweeps told Södermanlands Nyheter.

The actor has until October 17th to fix the failings, and it doesn’t sound like he will be able to use his fame to sweet talk the chimney inspectors.

“I read in a newspaper a long time ago about a famous actor who is married to a Swede. But I don’t know who he is off the top of my head,” the chimney sweep insisted.

Ferrell’s relationship with Sweden is usually a far more loving – or at least funnier – one.

Last year a video of him performing a version of a popular drinking song with Swedish actress Alicia Vikander went viral, while he has even been known to take part in the Swedish national sport of winding up the Norwegians.


Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.