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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Left Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar questioned by media on Sunday. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Will the government collapse?

That’s the question dominating the news agenda today, ahead of a vote of no confidence scheduled for 10am. The Left Party first said it would put forward the vote after the government set out a plan to introduce market rents, and now a majority of parliament has said it’s ready to vote down the government. In the end, it’s the far-right Sweden Democrats presenting the motion, as they have enough MPs to do so — the Left Party doesn’t, but their votes are still needed to reach a majority, along with the conservative Moderates and Christian Democrats who actually support market rents but do not support the government.

After a weekend of negotiations, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Centre Party Leader Annie Lööf presented a possible compromise to the Left Party, but its leader refused. Hear The Local’s team discuss how we got here and what could happen next in our Sweden in Focus podcast.

Swedish vocabulary: prime minister – statsminister

Covid-19 travel certificate scandal investigated

Around 100,000 people may have been affected by fake Covid-19 tests and travel documents, and three people are in police custody on suspicion of aggravated spread of an infectious disease and aggravated fraud, as Expressen and Aftonbladet were first to report. All three deny the crimes.

A healthcare company that carried out PCR tests to detect ongoing Covid-19 infections, and issued certificates saying individuals had tested negative, actually never sent the tests to a lab to be analysed, according to police, who acted on information from the Swedish Healthcare Inspectorate (Ivo).

It’s not the first case of its kind; as we reported on Friday, a doctor in Stockholm wrote out fake travel certificates for people who tested positive for Covid-19 several times during the pandemic, and was reported to Ivo by his employer.

Swedish vocabulary: travel certificate – reseintyg

Government updates rules on travel from EU countries

On Sunday, the government announced that its restrictions on entry from countries within the EU/EEA were being extended from June 30th to August 31st. Currently, this means that only people with a negative Covid-19 test no older than 48 hours may enter Sweden, but the government said that the Swedish rules would now be adapted to match EU-wide regulations, meaning that people who can prove they are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19 may enter the country as well.

As before, there are no restrictions on entry from the other Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Norway. People who live in Sweden, including but not only Swedish citizens, are exempt from the requirement to show a negative Covid-19 test.

Swedish vocabulary: entry ban – inreseförbud

Thunderstorms forecast across Sweden

After an extremely warm weekend, several regions saw heavy rain and thunder over the night, and more storms are on the way for the start of this week. 

“It looks like there may be some heavier thunderstorms in Västerbotten and Norrbotten. Then a new area is coming in from the south, over Götaland during the day, and further north during the evening and night. But at the moment, no warnings have been issued,” SMHI meteorologist Sofia Söderberg told the TT newswire.

In southern and eastern Götaland and eastern Svealand the warm weather will remain, with temperatures of over 30 degrees in some places, Class 2 warnings for extremely high temperatures in Kalmar and Class 1 warnings in eastern Kronoberg, eastern Jönköping, Östergötland and Södermanland.

Swedish vocabulary: thunder – åska

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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