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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Border checks on the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Public Health Agency proposes lifting entry ban for Denmark and Norway

The Public Health Agency has requested that the government lift Sweden’s entry ban for travellers from Denmark and Norway, so that the same rules would apply to them as to other Nordic and EU countries when the ban expires on March 31st, reports Swedish public radio.

The rules were introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK, after a number of cases were found in Denmark and Norway.

You can read more about this request HERE (in English).

Swedish vocabulary: entry ban – inreseförbud

Stockholm inpatients told to wear face masks

Inpatients and anyone accompanying them are now recommended to wear face masks in the Stockholm region, due to the spread of Covid-19. Patients should wear face masks outside of their room, and in multipatient rooms when it is not possible to keep a two-metre distance, said regional authorities in their guidelines.

Face masks are already recommended for outpatients in the region.

Children under the age of 16 and people who for some reason can’t wear a face mask are exempt.

Swedish vocabulary: inpatient care – slutenvård

I got the AstraZeneca jab – what should I do?

The Swedish Public Health Agency has issued guidelines for people who have got vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab in the past two weeks. If you get the following symptoms, you should call healthcare helpline 1177 (or 112 in case of emergency):

  • bruises and/or punctate hemorrhages on the skin or mucosa
  • nose bleeds that are hard to stop
  • swelling, redness or pronounced tenderness to your leg or arm

If you get only minor side effects, you don’t have to do anything. Temporary symptoms such as fever, tiredness or pain where you got the jab are common side effects, and a sign that your immune system has been activated, writes the Public Health Agency.

Sweden on Tuesday suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a “precautionary measure” pending an investigation by the European Medicines Agency, which together with the World Health Organisation recommend countries to keep using the vaccine for now.

Swedish vocabulary: side effect – biverkning

Record number of drowning deaths after ice melts

More people drowned in Sweden in February than any other month in the new millennium, according to the Swedish Life Saving Association.

Eleven people died, out of whom ten went through the ice and one man fell off a boat. In the Småland region, four people died in the same accident after falling through weak early-spring ice.

The 11 people were all men, aged between 60 and 80.

Swedish vocabulary: accident – olycka

Nearly 10,000 reports of Covid-related incidents at Swedish workplaces reported so far in 2021

Sweden’s Work Environment Authority plans to carry out workplace inspections to ensure coronavirus measures are being followed, after a “dramatic rise” in reported incidents.

“We see that it is workplaces, alongside the home, that are now the driving factor behind the spread of infection,” said Labour Markets Minister Eva Nordmark.

She reiterated that all employers have the responsibility not only to ensure that their staff work from home if it is possible, but also to make the workplace safe for any employees who cannot work from home, such as essential workers in health and elderly care, transport workers and hospitality workers.

Swedish vocabulary: workplace – arbetsplats

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make international comeback

On the off chance that you missed it when it was announced yesterday: Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make a comeback for the country’s national team at the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, coach Janne Andersson has confirmed.

Ibrahimovic, who has 116 caps and 62 goals, has not worn the Swedish jersey since Euro 2016, where he was captain but failed to score as Sweden finished bottom of their group.

But last autumn, the striker 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: national team – landslag

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SAS pilots approve new collective agreement

As many as 93 percent of the Danish SAS pilots have voted yes to the agreement which ended strike action but also means, among other things, redeployments, longer working weeks, and lower wages.

The union Dansk Metal announced the level of acceptance on Saturday morning. The pilots could have voted yes or no on the new collective agreement until midnight on Friday evening.

Pilots in Sweden and Norway have also approved the agreement.

Keld Bækkelund Hansen, head of negotiations at Dansk Metal, said “I am incredibly happy. It is a bit atypical to see that a collective agreement negotiation ends in agreements being made that reduce wages and conditions.”

“So, of course, it was exciting how our members viewed the new collective agreement. But they could also see that it was a necessity in relation to SAS’s situation,” he added.

Swedish vocab: att godkänna – to approve 

Majority of households believe house prices will fall 

A clear majority of 57 percent of house households in Sweden now believe house prices will fall, a six percentage points rise on the last month, according to the latest edition of the monthly house price indicator from the country’s SEB bank.  

“It’s clear that an increasingly harsh climate for private finances is affecting house price indications, which lie at the lowest level since the 2008 finance crisis,” said the bank’s private economist Américo Fernández in a press message.

Swedish vocab: kärva – harsh 

Christian Democrats call for national plan for maternity care 

The Christian Democrats have called for a national plan for maternity care, in an election pledge that it the party sees as the first stage in its plan to replace Sweden’s regional health authorities with a national health service. 

“Swedish healthcare is suffering from a system failure, which is spelled ‘regions'”, the party’s leader Ebba Busch, said in her summer speech ahead of September’s election. 

The plan would see the reopening of closed maternity clinics and wards, and a guarantee that threatened clinics and wards be kept open. 

Swedish vocab: att avskaffa – to abolish 

Liberals propose campaign to bring order to Swedish schools 

The Liberal Party has proposed a national campaign to bring order to Swedish schools, which the party is calling an ordningslyft, literally “order lift”. 

The campaign will include an “order contract”, signed by all pupils and parents, and five other proposals, of which two are new. 

The two new proposals are that the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) state clearly that pupils have a responsibility for order in schools, and must come in time for lessons, look after their school books, use decent language, and arrive rested for lessons. Parents also share responsibility, and must, for instance, come to parent-teacher meetings. 

Swedish vocab: förväntningar – expectations

Swedish Armed Forces to give 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers basic training 

Sweden has agreed to send 120 military officers to the UK, where they are expected to help train up to 10,000 Ukrainian citizens basic military training, under a scheme run by the UK. 

“This is important if Ukraine is going to be able to maintain and strengthen its ability to defend itself,” Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, said at a joint press conference with the country’s defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, on Sunday. 

The two made the announcement on a visit to the Armed Forces military base in Boden, northern Sweden. 

Sweden will never have more than 60 military instructors in the UK at any one time, and the scheme is expected to run from August 12th to December 31st. 

Swedish vocab: att upprätthålla – to maintain