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

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
Stockholm's Avicii Arena, which changed its name to honour the Swedish musician. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Vaccine problems in Skåne and Västra Götaland

Two of Sweden’s biggest regions have had to appeal for patience after Phase 4 of their vaccination programmes, which includes people aged under 60 and not in a Covid-19 risk group, got off to a slow start.

When the fourth phase opened on Monday in Skåne, many people had difficulties accessing the booking website. And many clinics in Västra Götaland that have extremely limited availability of doses, even though it opened up Phase 4 one week earlier than planned.

Both regions have also warned that fewer than expected deliveries in July may slow down the vaccination programme, particularly affecting under-40s. 

Swedish vocabulary: lack of vaccines – brist på vaccin

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Differences between regions in how long Covid is treated

Many of Sweden’s regions still do not have specialist clinics to help people with post-Covid symptoms, while six do not have any plans to establish one at all, something which the Swedish Academy of Sciences’ expert council has criticised.

Anyone who experiences lingering symptoms from covid-19 generally needs to go to their primary care doctor first, but what happens next depends on where in the country you live, with only some having specialist post-Covid care available.

The Academy of Sciences has recommended specialist clinics because of the wide variety of symptoms that can occur with long Covid, and the need for multi-discliplinary teams.

Swedish vocabulary: clinic – mottagning

Stockholm concert venue Globen changes name to Avicii Arena

The Globen venue in southern Stockholm, which hosted Eurovision in 2016 and regularly hosts sports and music events, has changed its name to Avicii Arena to honour the Swedish musician who played two sold-out shows there and who died of sucide in 2018.

The goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues, and as well as the name change, events will be held on the topic for schools, experts and policy makers at the arena.

Swedish vocabulary: name change – namnbyte

Why you might have trouble finding eggs in Sweden

Swedish eggs are becoming harder and harder to find, with the organisation Svenska ägg (Swedish Eggs) estimating that about 20 percent of Swedish egg production has been temporarily eliminated by bird flu.

Approximately 1.5 million hens were killed when the infection spread to egg companies.

Availability of eggs depends on which egg producers the store or store chain has an agreement with, because some rely on imported eggs. Food chains contacted by the TT newswire said it is rare for eggs to be completely out of stock, but customers are more likely to have to buy other sizes or brands than their usual.

Swedish vocabulary: egg/eggs – ägg

And finally: Watch some Swedish elk swim down a river

Sweden’s slow TV special, Den stora älgvandringen (The Great Elk Migration) has captured the imagination both at home and overseas this year, with the opportunity elk on their long journey to summer grazing spots over more than 500 hours of TV.

On Wednesday afternoon, loyal viewers were rewarded as the first elks of the year crossed the river. You can watch the exact moment here, and the full eight-hour programme here.

The programme is in its third year, and is one of The Local’s top recommendations for keeping up with Swedish culture from home.

Swedish vocabulary: summer pasture  – sommarbete


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