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

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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Sweden to make decision on Janssen vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has concluded that a product label should be added to Janssen’s (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Covid-19 vaccine, warning of very rare side effects in the form of a combination of blood clots and low platelets.

More than seven million people have received the Janssen vaccine in the United States, and EMA stresses that the benefits of using the vaccine outweigh the risk of side effects.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency will now review whether or not to stick to its current decision to pause the use of the Janssen vaccine. A possible outcome could be that they will decide on similar guidelines to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has reported similar (and similarly rare) side effects and is currently only being given to over-65s in Sweden.

All cases have so far occurred in people under 60, the majority in women, within three weeks after vaccination, writes EMA. No specific risk factors have been confirmed.

Swedish vocabulary: platelets – blodplättar

Sweden to offer subsidies to mink farmers

The Swedish government wants to earmark 60 million kronor for mink farmers affected by measures to limit the spread of coronavirus among the country’s minks.

In late January, the Swedish Board of Agriculture banned the breeding of minks in 2021, after several cases of coronavirus (not the mutated version found in Denmark) were detected at mink farms, however it stopped short of culling its minks as Denmark did.

Sweden’s mink industry is relatively small compared to that of Denmark. Last year, around 550,000 minks were put down in Sweden for their fur and some 90,000 were kept for breeding. Denmark last year ordered a cull of all its 15 million minks.

Swedish vocabulary: mink farmer – minkfarmare

Sweden’s party leaders to discuss measures against male violence after five women killed

Swedish party leaders are set to meet after the separate killings of five women in Sweden sparked debate and calls for policy change. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other party leaders condemned the violence, saying that the government and society needed to do more to combat the problem.

“Men who expose women to these appalling crimes must be punished, but male violence against women should not be reduced to individual cases. It is a societal problem that must be fought with the combined power of all of society,” Löfven wrote in a Facebook post.

If you need to speak to someone about domestic violence in Sweden, you can contact Kvinnofridslinjen, Sweden’s National Women’s Helpline on 020-50 50 50, or Akillesjouren, a helpline for men suffering from domestic violence, on 08-29 63 99. You do not need to share your identity when you contact these helplines.

Swedish vocabulary: crime – brott

Sweden’s migration bill ready to be put to parliament after legal scrutiny

Plans to overhaul Sweden’s migration laws have taken a step further after a key committee cleared the way for the government’s bill to be put to parliament.

Sweden’s Council on Legislation (Lagrådet), the body that checks that draft bills are in line with the constitution before they are submitted to parliament for a vote, published its comments on the government’s new migration proposal on Tuesday afternoon.

The comments were published in a 17-page document, with suggestions for a few amendments to the bill, although they were mainly semantic in nature – for example changing certain words to make the exact meaning of the legal paragraphs clearer.

The Council on Legislation’s statements are advisory only, so it is up to the government to decide whether or not to take them into account. But this means that the only step left for the government now is to send the bill to parliament, either in its current or a new, amended form.

The Local explains the main proposed changes that affect foreigners HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: bill – lagförslag

New report finds ‘major flaws’ in Sweden’s family permit processing

The Swedish National Audit Office has criticised the Migration Agency’s processing of family permits, saying a flawed system could lead to permits being wrongly issued or denied.

The report states that forged documents are common in several countries, and that the Migration Agency has not provided Swedish embassies and consulates with enough technical equipment and guidance to be able to confirm the authenticity of ID papers.

“If the handling of family permits is not carried out in a legally sound and uniform way, there is a risk that applicants who are entitled to a residence permit will have their application rejected, and conversely that applicants who do not meet the conditions will still receive a residence permit,” it adds.

It also notes that the Migration Agency hasn’t been reaching its targets for processing times for years. It adds that partner migration permits have so far received low priority compared to other permits, and says there is a risk that its budget is not sufficient.

Swedish vocabulary: residence permit – uppehållstillstånd

Member comments

  1. Regarding the murder of women , when will the craven Swedish press/media identify the victims ….. it’s in the public interest that their provenance be known …. not a matter of whether the perpetrators or families want this or not !

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