From drive-through tests to drive-in concerts: The week in Sweden in pictures

In Sweden authorities, businesses and individuals are all facing unprecedented challenges as we adjust to the ongoing pandemic. How do you carry out 100,000 tests per week, how do you celebrate a 90th birthday from self-isolation, and how do you bring people together in a safe way to enjoy culture? Here's a look at the picture from Sweden this week.

From drive-through tests to drive-in concerts: The week in Sweden in pictures
A restaurant in Stockholm's old town district, usually bustling with tourists in early spring, remains open despite few customers. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Above, a tent for patients with respiratory symptoms has been set up outside the chapel of Stockholm Sjukhem, a private hospital and nursing home for people with chronic or long-term illnesses.

Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

People relax in the square at Årsta, a suburb just south of Stockholm city centre.

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

A football pitch is closed off in Viksjö, Järfälla, north of the capital city.

Photo: Pär Fredin/TT

A sign at an Ica supermarket in suburban Stockholm requests that only one shopper per household enter the supermarket, while family members should wait outside. This is not a general requirement in Sweden, where shops and businesses have simply been asked to ensure that social distancing can be followed in whatever way makes most sense. 

Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

“It will be OK,” promises this handmade decoration. With people asked to minimise social contacts and unnecessary visits to friends, some crafters have been leaving artwork with positive messages in windows and public spaces.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Most of Sweden's over-70s have been largely isolated for close to two months. But in Malmö, Elly was able to celebrate her 90th birthday from her fourth floor apartment with the help of helium balloons set up by her family. 

Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Health Minister Lena Hallengren, far right of picture, visits a drive-in testing facility for people working in the healthcare sector.

Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

A drive-in concert under a stormy sky in Gothenburg last weekend.

Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Social distancing while waiting for the bus in Solna, north of Stockholm.

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

But some are still gathering in large numbers, as shown in this image of a motorcycle meetup outside a McDonalds restaurant in central Stockholm. In Sweden the upper limit for public events is 50 people, but when it comes to private events and gatherings the advice is to use common sense, avoid non-essential journeys, stay home if showing any symptoms of illness and not to meet people who belong to risk groups.

Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

And finally, something completely different. Each year, around 30,000 salmon are released into the water in Stockholm, a tradition that started in 1973 to preserve the possibility to fish in the city centre. Usually it's an event that attracts large numbers of visitors, but this year it was streamed online due to the ban on large events. This picture captures some of the action.

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