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

Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Reporters pictured waiting for a government press conference. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

Transport disruption amid severe storms

On Thursday morning, there were power outages in parts of central and eastern Sweden following severe storms through the night and early morning. Several train departures in the southwest were also cancelled due to strong winds.

The temperatures are expected to continue getting colder and in Västerbotten, weather agency SMHI issued a class two warning (the second highest on a three-point scale) for snowfall, with up to 30cm expected. 

Swedish vocabulary: storm — oväder

Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

Sweden's upper secondary schools may return to distance learning

Upper secondary schools (for 16-18-year-olds) now have the option to introduce distance learning if judged necessary to avoid crowding and spread of infection at the school.

In practice, this isn't a huge change; in-person teaching is still preferred, according to Education Minister Anna Ekström, and schools already had the option to switch to remote learning in order to reduce the risk of crowding on public transport. The updated wording comes into effect from November 23rd, but Ekström said schools should consider other measures first, such as adjustments to timetables or class sizes. 

Swedish vocabulary: essential — nödvändig

Sweden extends advice against non-essential travel to three EU countries

Sweden on Thursday extended its travel advisory for Estonia, Ireland and Latvia until December 2nd, meaning people resident in Sweden are advised against non-essential travel to those countries.

Swedish vocabulary: essential — nödvändig

Photo: Adam Ihse / TT

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