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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news
The spokesperson of trade union LO, Susanna Gideonsson. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.
A new deal on Swedish labour law?
 
Today we should find out if a deal has been reached over changes to Sweden's Employment Protection Act. There were negotiations through the night after they first collapsed two weeks ago, and according to sources cited by the TT newswire, a proposed deal is on the table.

The negotiations between the government and trade unions relate to controversial proposals to change the hiring and firing laws which have led to the threat of a vote of no confidence in the government if the proposals are put forward as they are.

Swedish vocabulary: deal – avtal
 

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Stockholm doctors warn of risks to patient safety
 
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, doctors in Stockholm's emergency department have been forced to make tough decisions about how to allocate limited resources, according to an opinion piece from three senior doctors. They raised problems including long hospital waiting times, a staff shortage combined with high turnover, even describing “war-like scenes” in emergency rooms.
 
Swedish vocabulary: doctor – läkare


File photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Leading culture and integration speaker exposed for anti-Semitic online posts


A prominent figure in the spheres of education and integration has been removed from several posts after the newspaper Dagens Nyheter revealed he had published anti-Semitic and homophobic comments online. Former headteacher Hamid Zafar has now been dropped from his positions as an expert in the Moderate Party's integration commission and as head of education in his municipality, and broadcaster SVT has removed a programme on which he featured. He has admitted writing the posts, published between 2011 and 2015 when he was aged 28-33, and said he no longer held the views.
 
Swedish vocabulary: headteacher – rektor
 
Stockholm coronavirus inspectors look at crowded nightlife

Earlier this week photos of crowded nightclubs sparked anger when they showed venues not adhering to the regulations in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Now the inspectors from the region's environmental department, which is responsible for checking that businesses are complying with the rules, say that a third of Stockholm's bars, restaurants and cafes risk spreading the virus. A total of 126 spontaneous inspections have been carried out since September 1st, and 43 venues have been found not to be following the rules, Aftonbladet reports.
 
Swedish vocabulary: nightlife – nattliv
 

The Stureplan clubbing district. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
 
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