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

Catherine Edwards
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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Spring has arrived in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson / 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.


Public Health Agency: 'Big risks over the coming weeks'

At the weekly press conferences, authorities reported increasing "pandemic fatigue" which was causing people to slack off in following the measures in place, and reiterated the importance of following the recommendations in place.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that new cases of the disease were on the rise again, saying, "It is clear that we have a difficult situation with big risks over the next few weeks."

In particular, anyone who decided to travel during the school winter sports break was urged only to do so if they could travel in an "infection-safe" way, not using public transport and with a plan in place of how to isolate and return home without coming into contact with anyone if they started showing symptoms.

Swedish vocabulary: isolation – isolering

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell. Photo: Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT


Vaccinated care home residents 'OK to hug grandchildren': Swedish health chiefs

Those in elderly care homes in Sweden who are fully vaccinated (with two doses) against Covid-19 have been given the go-ahead to meet symptom-free relatives, and even hug their grandchildren, Sweden's Public Health Agency announced on Thursday.

Swedish vocabulary: to hug – krama

Photo: Stefan Jerrevång/TT

Four dead after fall through ice

Two serious incidents were reported on Thursday of groups falling through holes in ice on frozen lakes, possibly a consequence of warming temperatures. People in southern Sweden are urged to stay off the ice; higher temperatures mean it has not been able to thicken.

Four people were found dead after falling through ice in Sävsjö, Småland. In Ekerö, west of Stockholm, another group of four were taken to hospital after a similar incident, the extent of their injuries unknown. There, two people had also gone through the ice while trying to help.

Swedish vocabulary: hole in ice – isvak

File photo of a sign stating 'Warning: Thin ice'. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Spring arrives in southern Sweden with record-breaking temperatures

It is now officially spring in Skåne based on there having been seven consecutive days of above-zero temperatures, and a record high February temperature of 16.8C has been recorded in Kalmar.

Swedish vocabulary: spring – vår

Spring flowers in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

How the culture and tourism industries have been hit by the pandemic

Turnover in the culture, leisure and entertainment industries fell from 77.5 billion kronor to 64.5 billion in 2020. In the theatre and concert branch, there was a 57 percent fall while for amusement and theme parks, turnover plummeted by 80 percent.

In Stockholm alone, the income from tourism in 2020 was half the figure for 2019, according to industry organisation Visita.

Swedish vocabulary: amusement park – nöjespark


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