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

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Head of intelligence of the Swedish police, Linda H Staaf. Photo: Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Avanza leaked customer information to Facebook

Customers who applied for loans with Swedish internet bank Avanza had information about their current loans leaked to Facebook, reports public radio broadcaster SR. Since the end of 2019, Facebook has been able to collect personal details from Avanza, due to the bank having the wrong options ticked for its website, which it has now fixed.

The bank reported itself to the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection on Tuesday.

Swedish vocabulary: loan – (ett) lån

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Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Two Swedish universities have claimed a spot in the top-100 of the annual QS World University Rankings. Lund University in southern Sweden snagged the 87th spot and Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology was not far behind in 89th place.

Gothenburg, Chalmers, Uppsala and Stockholm universities were among the 200 best in the rankings, and Linköping and Umeå zoomed into the list of the 400 best universities.

Who got the top spot? Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Swedish vocabulary: university – (ett) universitet


Lund University. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

Swedish Church to apologise over Sami oppression

The Swedish Church has said it will apologise to the Sami community as it seeks to atone for its part in Sweden’s long oppression of the indigenous population.

We must acknowledge the dark history, even if it hurts. When we betrayed the Sami people, we also betrayed ourselves and God. An important step forward has now been taken as the church board prepares a public apology,” said Archbishop Antje Jackelén in a statement. The Church has since 2011 been investigating its own actions against the Sami, including in a two-volume “White Book” published in 2016.

The official apology will be presented at a Swedish Church service in Uppsala Cathedral on November 24th and at Ságastallamat – a joint conference organised by the Sami community and the Swedish Church – on October 21st-23rd next year in Luleå.

Swedish vocabulary: apology – (en) ursäkt


Swedish Archbishop Antje Jackelén. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

What you need to know about the ‘biggest reform of the Swedish labour market in modern times’

As The Local reported in yesterday’s “Today in Sweden” news roundup, the Swedish government is putting forward a proposal to change the country’s labour laws, following long-running negotiations that sparked a significant political crisis.

We’ve now tried to explain in THIS article exactly what these changes would mean. We hope it’s helpful, and please feel free to contact our editorial team at [email protected] if you have any questions. We may not be able to reply to every single email, but we read them all and use them to guide our future reporting.

Swedish vocabulary: labour market – (en) arbetsmarknad

Swedish football team brings in new Covid rules after two players test positive

Two Swedish players have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the football team’s Euro 2020 opener against Spain next week.

Dejan Kulusevski, who plays for Italian club Juventus, “will not be available for the game against Spain, as it appears today”, Andersson told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The team’s doctor, Anders Valentin, later said that midfielder Mattias Svanberg had also tested positive.

On Monday Sweden are due to face Group E rivals Spain, who find themselves in a similar situation following the withdrawal of team captain Sergio Busquets after he too tested positive for the virus. Read more HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: football – fotboll

‘One of the most extensive strikes ever’: 155 Swedish arrests in global police sting

Some 250 people were arrested in Sweden and Finland in a global crackdown on organised crime using planted encrypted phones, authorities said on Tuesday, with only Australia registering more arrests.

Out of a total of over 800 arrests across 16 countries, 155 arrests were tied to Swedish investigations and another 100 were arrested in Finland. Australia said it had charged more than 200 people.

“Yesterday, early in the morning, the Swedish police performed one of the most extensive strikes ever in intelligence-led police operations against violent crime and drug networks,” Linda Staaf, head of intelligence at the Swedish police, told reporters on Tuesday. Read more HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: crime – (ett) brott


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