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

Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Swedish police are trying to move an explosive whale off a beach on Öland. Photo: Suvad Mrkonjic/TT

Young man shot dead in southern Stockholm

A man in his 20s has died after being found with gunshot injuries in the Alby suburb in southern Stockholm. Police and ambulance were called to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday, and later said they were investigating the incident as a suspected murder.

No one had been arrested by 8am on Tuesday, and police said it was too early to say whether the shooting was connected to gang crime or other shootings in the area.

Swedish vocabulary: injuries – skador

Thousands of vaccination slots open in Stockholm

Thousands of Covid-19 vaccinations slots in the Stockholm region are available but no one is booking them, reports Dagens Nyheter. The Kistamässan conference centre in northern Stockholm, which has the capacity to administer 10,000 daily doses, saw more than 2,000 vaccination slots go unused last week.

In the Rinkeby and Nacka suburbs, just five and 20 percent of the slots for the coming week were booked as of Monday. According to the region’s current plans, Stockholm will start Phase 4 later in May (which includes all adults over the age of 18), but the vaccine coordinator told Aftonbladet it could happen sooner.

“I cannot now say the exact day, but we see that the pressure is starting to decrease in the group where we are now, and that the proportion of vaccinated people is rising. Then we start to get closer to moving on,” coordinator Magnus Thyberg told the daily. He added that there was no sign that doses had been wasted due to the slower rate of booking.

Swedish vocabulary: to book – att boka

Swedish police begin removal of explosive whale

A humpback whale cadaver stranded off the coast of the Swedish island of Öland has been dragged onto the beach by police, as the first stage of removing it completely.

There was a concern that the whale would explode when approached, and several news outlets and Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT broadcast the moving of the whale live.

The next step will be to move it onto a truck on Tuesday, which will take it to an incineration plant in Denmark. The cadaver has collapsed slightly on itself in the past few days, which means it is not as full of gas and the explosion risk is less imminent.

Swedish vocabulary: beach – strand

The whale got stranded 40 metres from the shore on April 20th. Photo: Suvad Mrkonjic/TT

Five things to know about the joint migration policy proposal from Sweden’s opposition

As The Local has previously reported, Sweden’s government has put forward a bill that would mean an overhaul of migration policy.

Then over the weekend, as we reported yesterday, four opposition parties – the Moderate Party, Christian Democrats, Liberal Party, and Sweden Democrats – put forward their own proposals, which set out a stricter migration policy.

This is the first proposal to be signed jointly by the four parties, which all fall on the right of the political spectrum. The Local explains what you need to know about their proposal, and what’s likely to happen next, in this article for members.

Swedish vocabulary: proposal – förslag

Member comments

  1. I have recently had my first Covid shot being in the 3rd wave. My wife is in the 4th wave and is waiting for it to start but we are annoyed with the system in place now. Why couldn’t we get the shot together? Instead we have people unbooking their shot or not even turning up or refusing one type of Vaccine. I say that those people have lost their place and it should go to people willing to take the shot eg. spouses, partners, police, basically anyone who will have the shot. We cannot afford to throw out vaccines because they are coming up to there expiration date. The ones that don’t get the shot
    forfeit their right to travel and socialize. Maybe they would take the shot then.

    1. Yes, I would love to get vaccinated. I live in Halland and in the risk group but am still not able to get one because we are just entering phase 3. Vaccines are valuable and should be given to others who need them. Send them to other parts of the country please!

  2. Hi, yes you should be able to get it if the system was fair. but it is not. Some people turn their noses up at the vaccine while others as yourself would gladly take their shot. I am in a risk group and had to wait to phase 3 rolled out here in Sörmland while my wife must wait for phase 4 :(. We would have liked to get it at the same time so we can book tickets to travel overseas to see my children and grandchildren we haven’t seen for over 2 years now. I hope you get lucky soon.

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