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

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his way back to the national team? Photo: AP Photo/Christophe Ena
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Swedish regions suspend vaccinations due to vaccine shortage

Two Swedish regions have temporarily halted vaccinations due to a vaccine shortage: the island of Gotland and central-western region Jämtland-Härjedalen. That’s reported by the TT newswire, citing regional public broadcasters P4 Gotland and SVT Jämtland.

Several countries in the EU have reported vaccine supply issues in recent weeks.

The Helagotland site reports that people have been travelling to Gotland from other parts of Sweden to get vaccinated. Gotland is currently the region in Sweden that’s managed to vaccinate the highest proportion of its adult population; 12.78 percent have received their first dose, which compares favourably to Stockholm’s 5.74 percent.

Swedish vocabulary: the adult population – den vuxna befolkningen

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It’s time to file your taxes in Sweden

Sweden’s online tax declaration service opens today. If you don’t have to make any changes (but do first have a look through some of the most common deductions to see if you can save any money on your taxes) and are able to approve it electronically before March 30th, you will get your tax rebate (if you’re entitled to one) between April 7th and 9th.

The declaration will also be sent out in paper format in mid-April, and the final-final deadline to submit it to the Swedish tax agency is May 3rd. If you’re owed money back and send in the paper version and/or make changes, you’ll get the rebate in June.

If you on the other hand have to pay back money, you won’t have to do so until November.

Swedish vocabulary: tax rebate – skatteåterbäring

Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic making a national team comeback?

We don’t cover sports news a lot here at The Local, but this is too big to ignore. Janne Andersson, the manager of Sweden’s national football team, is set to present his squad for the World Cup qualifiers at 1pm today, and the question everyone is talking about is: Is striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic going to be among the names for the first time in years?

“It is certain that the Milan star is making a comeback,” said the site Fotbolldirekt earlier this month, in a report that was taken seriously by Swedish football pundits.

Andersson has refused to confirm anything when quizzed by Swedish journalists, but notably has not ruled it out either, simply saying that they’re having a “dialogue”.

Last autumn, Ibrahimovic said he “missed” wearing the yellow jersey. The Swedish Football Federation said the player then had a “good and fruitful” meeting with Andersson, who flew down to Italy to speak with the 39-year-old in person.

Swedish vocabulary: squad – trupp

Uppsala university students warned of coronavirus outbreak: ‘Tip of the iceberg’

Regional authorities in Uppsala north of Stockholm have warned that a more contagious variant of the coronavirus appears to be spreading rapidly among its university students.

Uppsala University warned students last week of an increased spread of coronavirus on its campuses, and on Monday the infectious disease unit in the region confirmed that at least 18 cases are likely the variant that was first discovered in South Africa (B.1.351).

“We think this could be the tip of the iceberg, and we take it very seriously. If we do not stop this outbreak, we risk a dramatic increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Uppsala,” said infectious disease doctor Johan Nöjd in a statement. He added that the spread is not limited to the university, so it’s crucial for everyone to be careful.

Swedish vocabulary: university – universitet

Why do young foreign-born women face difficulties on the Swedish job market?

Foreign-born young women, particularly those from non-European countries, struggle more in the Swedish job market than their peers, a new report by Swedish authorities suggests.

Sweden’s unemployment rate is higher among foreign-born people than Swedish-born, but there is also a gender aspect. In the 20-29 age group, just 52 percent of foreign-born women in Sweden have a job. That compares to 67 percent of foreign-born men in the same age group, 73 percent of Swedish-born women and 79 percent of Swedish-born men.

And this is despite the fact that more young foreign-born women have higher education experience than foreign or Swedish-born men, writes the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor, MUCF) in the report, which you can read in Swedish here. The Local has also taken a more in-depth look at the report – you can read our article in English here.

Swedish vocabulary: foreign-born – utlandsfödd


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