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Skåne's regional director holds up a syringe that will be used to give doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Stockholm opens up Phase 4 of Covid-19 vaccinations

The Stockholm region has started the fourth and final phase of vaccinations against Covid-19. In this phase, all adults will be offered the vaccine, but it will still be offered in a staggered way starting with the oldest. That means that to begin with, people aged 55-59 will be able to book appointments.

Two companies that run vaccination centres in the capital region, Kry and Doktor 24, told the TT newswire they did not get any advance notice that the region would be starting the next phase.

“It would have been good to have a little foresight so that we could have scaled up the capacity,” said Sara Dannborg, communications manager at Doktor 24.

At the moment, Stockholm has capacity to vaccinate 75,000 people per week, but expects to receive many more doses than this over the next two weeks.

Kalmar, Jönköping and Värmland have already opened up vaccination to under-60s, with Skåne saying it aims to offer the vaccine to all adults from mid-June onwards.

Swedish vocabulary: to scale up – skala upp

Schools not doing enough to curb infection

Sweden’s schools are not living up to their duty to take measures against the spread of Covid-19, according to the Work Environment Authority, which has received more than 10,000 complaints on the topic.

The authority has also carried out 125 inspections to check the measures put in place in schools, and found shortcomings in around half.

It comes after the Public Health Agency warned this week of a rise in cases among children and teenagers, after more widespread testing of this age group began.

Swedish vocabulary: shortcoming/failure – brist

Shortage of hospital beds affected over 900 pregnant Stockholmers last year

Over 900 pregnant women in Stockholm were not given a place on birthing wards when they gave birth during 2020, a report by SVT Stockholm shows.

Instead they usually gave birth in rooms not intended for childbirth, which in some cases had negative affects of patient safety, for example if the room did not have the right equipment. In one case, a woman was sent home and gave birth in her own shower, and the report found that one child died because of the lack of hospital bed.

This is the first time the region has reviewed how many people were not given an appropriate hospital bed when they gave birth. A total of 28,362 births were recorded last year in Stockholm, and 80 women were directed to a different region while 929 were not given a suitable hospital bed.

Swedish vocabulary: to give birth – föda

Swedish agencies react to labour law proposals 

Sweden’s rules about labour migration are currently under review, and the government hopes to update legislation at the start of next year. The proposals were sent out for consultation and now relevant actors, including trade unions and the Migration Agency, have given their feedback, which we have reviewed in depth.

The police and trade union LO were in favour of an employment contract being required for a work permit to be granted, as a step to crack down on employers who offer worse conditions to foreign workers once they arrived. But agencies including the Migration Agency, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries (Teknikföretagen) and the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) were against the idea, saying that instead fraud could be counteracted by requiring employers to submit reports if the conditions changed.

Swedish vocabulary: response to a government consultation – remissvar

Three blasts in Malmö overnight

Police investigates a small spate of explosions in Malmö overnight, which took place between 2.45 and 3.18am in nearby neighbourhoods. One was outside, one in the stairwell of an apartment building, and one at a shop.

According to Sydsvenskan, no-one was seriously injured but one person was taken to hospital for checks and several apartments were evacuated. No-one has yet been arrested.

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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Court rules on Easter rioters, a wolf shot in Skåne, Midsummer drownings, and Nato talks: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday

Court in Örebro to rule on four involved in Easter riots 

A court in Örebro will rule today on four men accused of throwing stones at police over the Easter weekend, and in some cases also filmed attacks on police and encouraged others to carry out attacks. 

The men are accused of the crime of blåljussabotage, literally “blue light sabotage”, which covers attacks on police officers and their cars and other equipment. 

According to the prosecution, the four men attacked and threatened police, damaged police vehicles, and injured police dogs. The attacks took place during protests against plans by the far-right activist Rasmus Paludan to burn copies of the Koran in the city. 

Swedish vocab: blåljussabotage – damaging police property and materials.

Two men drowned in lakes in Sweden over Midsummer weekend 

Police have reported two separate cases of elderly men drowning over the Midsummer weekend, one in Blekinge in southern Sweden, and the other in Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. 
 
In Blekinge, a  70-year-old man died after falling into the Halen lake in Olofström, on Sunday evening. He was pulled from the water before the ambulance arrived but was declared dead at 9pm. One of the man’s relatives called the emergency services. 

The man in Vaxholm, who was also described as “elderly”, died after falling overboard from a boat on Sunday afternoon. The man’s body was found by divers at 17.30pm.

Swedish vocab: en drunkningsolycka – a drowning accident 

Wolf shot in southern Sweden after attacking sheep

A wolf was shot on Sunday in Svälov, a municipality between the cities of Lund and Helsingborg in southern Sweden. The animal, one of the wolves spotted recently in the far south of Sweden, had attacked a sheep.

“The farmer fired off a warning shot to discourage further attacks, but that did not help, and so a deadly shot was then fired,” said Tom Espgård, who works on predatory animals for Skåne county. 

The wolf, a female weighing 34kg, was shot according to a paragraph in Sweden’s hunting law which allows livestock owners to shoot predators if they find them attacking their animals. 

Swedish vocab: en tamdjursägare – a livestock owner

Swedish PM: ‘I look forward to meeting Erdogan in Madrid’ 

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson responded positively to the downbeat assessment of Nato talks with Turkey given by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Saturday. 

“Good call earlier today with President Erdogan of Turkey on Sweden’s Nato application,” Andersson wrote on Twitter. “Agreed on the importance of making progress in the run-up to the NATO Summit in Madrid next week, where I look forward to meeting President Erdogan and other Allied leaders.”

In a thread posted on Twitter, the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey said that Erdogan had told Andersson that Sweden had so far taken “no tangible action” towards making “concrete changes in its attitude towards PKK/PYD/YPG terrorist organization”. 

The thread also said that Turkey wants several people it sees as connected to these organisations extradited from Sweden. 

Read our story on Erdogan’s comments here

Swedish vocab: utlämnade – extradited 

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