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Police investigate after two young children were injured in a shooting south of Stockholm. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.


Ambulance waiting times increase in Sweden

In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, you may have to wait on average 17 minutes for an ambulance to arrive in Sweden, an increase of a minute since 2016, according to SOS Alarm, the state-owned company that operates the emergency number 112.

It depends on where you live, with a 41.2 minute median wait in Pajala, northern Sweden, compared to an 11.9 minute wait in Örebro, central Sweden, reports the TT newswire.

If you are with someone who experiences a cardiac arrest, medical experts advise that you should call 112, begin CPR, and use a defibrillator if there is one nearby. Even if the ambulance does arrive quickly, immediate action is vital to the person’s survival.

Swedish vocabulary: cardiac arrest – hjärtstopp


Children injured in shooting south of Stockholm

Nine people are being held after two children were injured in a shooting in Visättra, Huddinge, south of Stockholm. The children – aged five and six – were outside playing at around 8pm on Saturday when they were hit. They were taken to hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening. Nothing indicates that they were the intended target.

Some of the suspects have connections to criminal gangs, according to police.

Swedish vocabulary: suspect – misstänkt

Police on the pedestrian flyover where the children were injured. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Explained: When will people without a personnummer get their Covid vaccine pass?

After Sweden's eHealth Agency said the Covid-19 vaccine pass would initially only be available to people with a Swedish identity number, The Local has been investigating why the ten-digit personnummer code has become an obstacle to the document that facilitates travel. CLICK HERE to read our article in case you missed it.

Swedish vocabulary: investigate – undersöka

More staff needed at Swedish hotels and restaurants

The Swedish hotel and restaurant industry is crying out for workers, with 2,000 job openings currently listed on employment agency Arbetsförmedlingen’s site.

Public broadcaster SVT reports that it has become harder to find staff, because many left the industry completely when the pandemic hit hotel and restaurants jobs.

“You don’t need four years of university studies. We need shorter and more effective courses to get into work quickly. Knowing Swedish is important, but if you know English you’ll easily get a place with us,” Anders Nilsson, CEO at the Ystad Saltsjöbad spa in southern Sweden, told SVT.

Swedish vocabulary: staff – personal

DON'T MISS: New episode of Sweden in Focus

The latest episode of The Local's Sweden in Focus podcast is out. This week, we talk about the new migration laws, the Covid situation right now, life in the Gothenburg archipelago, and why do Swedes take such long summer holidays? Listen below, or click here:


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