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A queue to enter a Malmö nightclub after most pandemic restrictions were removed on Wednesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Magdalena Andersson on track to lead the Social Democrats

The Nomination Committee of the Social Democrat party has formally proposed Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson as leader, and she has accepted the nomination. This was widely expected after all 26 party districts nominated Andersson with no opponents suggested and the likeliest other candidates bowed out.

Andersson is now on track to lead the party and to become Sweden’s first female Prime Minister, although the latter requires her to pass a parliamentary vote.

Swedish vocabulary: leader – ledare

Apartment block hit by Gothenburg explosion may not be safe to return to

Emergency services have told the approximately 200 residents of an apartment block affected by a detonation in Gothenburg that damage to the building was worse than expected.

There is no confirmation that the apartments will be habitable again, and not all residents have been allowed to return home to collect their belongings. On Wednesday, emergency services handed over responsibility for the site to the police, who are set to begin technical investigations once it is safe to do so.

Swedish vocabulary: habitable – beboelig

Three of Sweden’s political parties risk not meeting the threshold for parliamentary representation

That’s according to a new poll for DN/Ipsos, which put the Liberal Party at 3 percent and the Christian Democrats and Green Party at 4 percent each. Parties must pass the 4 percent threshold to be represented in Swedish parliament, so if one of the smaller parties fails to make it, this could change the make-up of the blocs. 

In the latest survey, the Social Democrats had most support at 25 percent, followed by the Moderates (22) and Sweden Democrats (21).

Swedish vocabulary: parliament – riksdag

Parking fees expanded across Malmö

Parking in Malmö will soon cost money during night time, after a council decision to introduce fees on evenings, nights and weekends in the areas that currently charge for parking during weekdays. The municipality also plans to raise parking fees in the busiest areas, with the rise carried out in stages throughout 2023.

Swedish vocabulary: to park – parkera

Swedish authorities give contradictory messages on Covid-19 risk for pregnant people

After Sweden’s national recommendation to work from home if possible was removed yesterday, one group who may still be affected is pregnant women.

According to the Work Environment Authority, pregnant people should not work from their workplace if there is a risk of catching Covid-19, including if they are vaccinated. But the Public Health Agency says that vaccinated pregnant women may go to work as normal. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has told the TT newswire that the authorities are now in discussions to resolve the inconsistency in their messaging.

Swedish vocabulary: pregnant – gravid

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

Airport chaos, cyber ads, Nato's Sweden plans, and tough talk from Turkey: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Swedish airport operator warns of long queues this weekend

Swedish airport operator Swedavia has warned that queues at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport are likely to increase over the long Ascension Day weekend. 

“There is a rather low personnel level at security controls which will mean that it is tight from time to time,” said David Karlsson, the airport’s press officer on Thursday morning. “Together with the fact that travel levels have risen during the spring and summer, and that it’s a particularly intensive weekend, it’s a bit tight out there this morning.”

Jan Eliasson, a former Swedish foreign minister and former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, criticised the queues on Twitter. 

“The chaos at Arlanda damages Sweden’s reputation in the world more than we realise,” he wrote. 

The press spokesperson for SAS said on Thursday that customers would not be recompensed for flights missed due to the queues. 

Swedish Vocab: bitvis – bit by bit/from time to time 

No need for Nato forces in Sweden: US general 

Nato is unlikely to place ground forces in Sweden or Finland as a result of them joining the Nato defence alliance, the US General Christopher Cavoli has said in a statement. 

Cavoli, who in July takes over as Nato’s highest commander in Europe, was interviewed in the US Senate on Thursday. 

He said that the Ukraine war had shifted Nato’s balancing point towards Eastern Europe, where member states are most worried about Russian aggression. 

Cavoli said that the US already has strong military links to both Sweden and Finland, and that there would be more joint exercises and other engagements in future.

Swedish Vocab: tyngdpunkt – balancing point

Sweden’s Psychological Defence Agency launches major advertising campaign 

Sweden’s new Psychological Defence Agency has launched a new campaign titled Bli inte lurad, meaning roughly “don’t be a mug”. The campaign has been launched on social media, in printed newspapers, and on billboards across Sweden. 

Swedish Vocab: lurad – conned/deceived

Erdogan: Sweden’s contact with Kurdish groups ‘against spirit of Nato’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Sweden’s contact with Kurdish groups as “against the spirit of Nato” in a telephone conversation with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. 

On Wednesday, delegations from Sweden Finland and Turkey held their first meeting in Ankara. 

“We communicated in clear language the message that the process cannot move forward until Turkey’s security concerns are met with concrete steps and within a certain timeframe,” Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, said after the meeting. 

Swedish Vocab: en tidsram – a timeframe 

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