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

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
These are the top stories from Sweden on another snowy morning. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/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.

Sweden's public health chief rode the bus without a face mask

Sweden's public health chief has admitted using public transport during rush hour without a face mask despite his own agency's recommendations, saying it was an “embarrassing” mistake.

The Local asked state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell if the agency had considered if a recommendation applying at all times, or based on crowding rather than time, would be clearer and more effective.

“We have discussed that quite a lot, and seen pros and cons of different approaches. We ended up saying that this is the most efficient approach we can think of, that we actually look at certain hours during the day, where we know from statistics that the risk of crowding is the biggest. We still think that's the best way of doing it,” said Tegnell.

Swedish vocabulary: embarrassing – genant

Photo: Jessica Gow/TT


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New statistics on the Covid-19 vaccination in Sweden

216,269 people had been given at least one dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus had been administered by January 28th, and 14,248 had been given both doses. That's according to new statistics shared by the Public Health Agency on Thursday which also gave regional breakdowns; we will have a more detailed update for you on The Local later today. 

As a proportion of the total population, the update means 2.65 percent have received at least one dose, and 0.17 percent two doses. The vaccine is not intended to reach 100 percent of the population; although it's recommended for all eligible adults, it is currently not recommended for children under 18, pregnant women, or some people who have experienced a serious allergic reaction previously.

Swedish vocabulary: dose – dos

Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

First double hand transplant in the Nordics a success in Gothenburg

A patient received two new hands in the first transplant operation of its kind at Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska University Hospital before Christmas.

The patient, who had lost their hands due to a serious infection, received a new pair after an 18-hour operation, and has now been discharged from the hospital.

“Having two hands that I can move is a wonderful feeling. It's a big difference from the prostheses I had before,” the patient was quoted as saying by the hospital.

Swedish vocabulary: hands – händer

The patient post-operation. Photo: Paul Björkman / Sahlgrenska

More snow blankets Sweden

Heavy snowfall continued through the night in southeastern Sweden, with the most arriving in Stockholm. Here's our round-up of some of the best snaps of the snow.

It's set to remain over the weekend with the weather set to get much colder, with nighttime temperatures set to fall to around -10C to -15C, and even lower in the north.

Swedish vocabulary: colder – kallare

Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Black Lives Matter movement wins prestigious Swedish human rights prize

The Black Lives Matter Global Foundation has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize for its work in protesting and raising awareness of police brutality and racial violence worldwide.

The movement which started in America prompted protests around the world, including in Sweden where thousands gathered in cities including Stockholm and Malmö to protest racism in Sweden and abroad.

The Olof Palme Prize is an annual award which commemorates the memory of the Social Democratic prime minister, an outspoken international human rights advocate, who was assassinated in 1986.

Swedish vocabulary: movement – rörelse

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