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

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Amir Nabizadeh/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 Democrats to hold press conference on next election

The Sweden Democrats are expected to announce their plans and preferences for the 2022 election at a press conference at 11am today, writes the TT news agency.

It comes just weeks after the Liberal party announced it would switch sides and campaign for a centre-right government in the general election, opening the door to cooperation with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats.

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has previously said that he would like to work with the conservative Moderate and Christian Democrats parties, but that he would want the Liberals to compromise on issues such as immigration and crime.

Swedish vocabulary: immigration – invandring

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More Covid-19 patients in intensive care than during Sweden’s second wave

A total of 391 Covid-19 patients received intensive care treatment in Sweden on Monday, according to the Intensive Care Register’s latest data.

That’s approximately a 65 percent increase since the start of March, and a higher number than the peak of the second wave which hit Swedish intensive care the hardest in early January. At the time, 389 people received intensive care for Covid-19 on the busiest day.

They are still fewer than during the first wave, at the end of April 2020, when Sweden’s intensive care wards treated as many as 558 Covid-19 patients on the same day.

Swedish vocabulary: treatment – behandling

Here are the latest economic forecasts from the Swedish government

The Swedish government has issued its economic forecast, and it’s more optimistic than previous projections before Christmas, but comes with the caveat that positive developments will depend on Sweden getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control.

“Vaccination, vaccination, vaccination. That’s the most important factor both for human life and the global economy at the moment,” said Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson.

Between April and June last year, Sweden saw its biggest quarterly drop in GDP (8.6 percent) in 40 years, and recovery stagnated in late 2020 as the second wave of Covid-19 hit Sweden hard. Even though the current third wave has already surpassed the second, the government predicted that GDP growth would reach 3.2 percent for 2021, increasing further to 3.8 percent in 2021.

Swedish vocabulary: GDP (gross domestic product) – BNP (bruttonationalprodukt)

Janssen vaccine to arrive in Sweden ahead of schedule

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Covid-19 vaccine is set to reach Sweden this weekend, two weeks ahead of schedule but with fewer doses than expected, the country’s vaccine coordinator Richard Bergström told Göteborgs-Posten.

Sweden is now expected to receive 67,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine in April, instead of 229,000 – 162,000 fewer doses than expected. If everything then runs according to schedule, another 295,000 doses are set to arrive in May, and another 888,000 by the end of June.

Unlike the other available vaccines in Sweden, which have to be administered in two doses, one dose is enough for the Janssen vaccine.

As of April 9th, 1,355,828 people – or 16.6 percent of Sweden’s adult population – had received their first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19.

Swedish vocabulary: weekend – helg

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