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

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 Monday
People in a Gothenburg shopping mall this weekend. Current recommendations are to limit visits to indoor malls, and shop alone. Photo: AP Photo/Martin Meissner/TT

Ballots cast in Sami Parliament elections

On Sunday, voting took place in Sweden for the Sami Parliament elections, an elected body (and Swedish state agency) formed in 1993 that represents the indigenous Sami people.

One of the major issues relates to land rights of Sami villages; the current ruling party wants to preserve certain rights for reindeer herders only, while the the Hunting and Fishing Sami party (Jakt- och fiskesamerna) believes all Sami should have an equal right to use the land.

Voting closed at 8pm in the 24 polling stations, and a result is expected next week. Almost 10,000 people have the right to vote in the Sami elections, and this year saw a rise in turnout from 1,964 to 2,135.

Swedish vocabulary: the Sami parliament – Sametinget

Will Sweden’s vaccine pass be ready the June 1st target?

It’s unclear, a spokesperson for Sweden’s digitalisation agency has told the Svenska Dagbladet.

The ‘Gröna Beviset’ or ‘Green Digital Certificate’ vaccine pass was intended to be in place before the start of the summer season, to facilitate travel, but new regulations have complicated the work.

The difficulty, according to the SvD report, is that the government wants the pass to show not only the holder’s Covid-19 vaccination record, but also whether they have recently tested negative for the virus or already had Covid-19. While a national vaccination register already exists, there is no similar system for test results.

Swedish vocabulary: vaccine pass – vaccinpass

Sweden’s Covid-19 restrictions to be removed step by step, starting June 1st

Swedish authorities currently plan to take the first steps in relaxing Covid-19 restrictions from June 1st, but it will still be a long time before normal life resumes, due to high infection rates.

In case you missed it, here’s The Local’s explainer of the current plans.

Three detained over night of arson in Eskilstuna

On Saturday night there were more than ten fires reported in Eskilstuna, in most cases car fires.

Three young men, all previously known to police, were detained on suspicion of attempted aggravated vandalism, Aftonbladet reported, after the police had to call in resources from neighbouring towns to help respond to the calls. Local media reported that people poured petrol around police cars but that no-one was hurt in connection with the fires.

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TODAY IN SWEDEN

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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