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

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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was questioned about the country's coronavirus strategy. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Sweden could send coronavirus aid to India

Sweden is set to offer healthcare equipment to India, where the coronavirus pandemic is causing a humanitarian disaster, as part of the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.

The Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has received a list from the National Board of Health and Welfare of antiviral medication and ventilators that it can offer. MSB is now set to meet other Nordic countries and EU member states, who are also expected to offer resources, on Tuesday to coordinate. It will then be up to India to choose which offers to accept based on its needs, reports the TT news agency.

Swedish vocabulary: Civil Contingencies Agency – Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap

‘Green certificate’ could make travel easier

Sweden’s Covid-19 vaccination pass will be called the “green certificate” and will initially be possible to download digitally via several digital mailboxes, including Kivra, Digimail, eBoks and Min myndighetspost, reports Swedish news agency TT.

It will contain a QR code with information about your vaccine, the date when you received the vaccine and your personal details. The pilot version of the certificate requires Swedish electronic ID (foreigners in Sweden are able to get vaccinated here, but are in many cases unlikely to have Swedish electronic ID), but according to the Swedish eHealth Agency it is working on an analogue solution that’s open to everyone.

The EU has said it wants countries to be able to start using vaccination certificates from June 26th, in order to facilitate travel within the union.

Swedish vocabulary: the green certificate – det gröna beviset

Swedish Migration Agency changes requirements for full-time students

The Swedish Migration Agency has removed a previous requirement that student permit applicants physically be on campus for 50 percent of their course. This means that unlike last year, in 2021 it will be easier for non-EU students to get a student permit despite many universities having switched to remote teaching due to corona.

It says that “the starting point is still that you must stay in Sweden to complete your education” but that “the reason for the loosening of the rules is that attendance on campus cannot be decisive for the agency’s assessment of residence permits for full-time students, because higher education institutions have adapted their activities to national advice and recommendations based on the current situation”.

A previous exception that student permit holders no longer have to leave Sweden to apply for a new permit for the coming semester during the summer holidays when they are not studying will also be kept in place for 2021, said the Migration Agency.

Swedish vocabulary: higher education – högre utbildning

File photo of Lund University after it switched to online teaching last year. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish PM Stefan Löfven: Herd immunity ‘never ever’ part of coronavirus strategy

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was questioned about the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the Committee on the Constitution on Monday.

Löfven’s hearing comes as part of an inquiry launched by an opposition politician to investigate the Swedish pandemic strategy and crisis management.

Much of the inquiry has focused on whether or not a formal government decision regarding Sweden’s coronavirus strategy was ever made, and if not, why not. Löfven was also asked about whether herd immunity was part of the government’s strategy, and whether the Public Health Agency was given too prominent a role.

Swedish vocabulary: (to be) questioned – (att bli) utfrågad

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