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Emergency services and police at the scene of a car crash
Emergency services and police attend a crash in which a controversial Swedish artist and two police officers died. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish nurse reported for vaccine misinformation

The Uppsala Region has fired a nurse and reported them to the Swedish Healthcare Inspectorate for spreading false information about the Covid-19 vaccine to hundreds of people.

The nurse worked at healthcare phoneline 1177 and told callers conspiracy theories including that the vaccine could spread Covid-19, had not been sufficiently tested, and that the best way to fight Covid-19 was through natural supplements including zinc and vitamin C.

“This is deeply regrettable and shocking and completely contrary to the instructions that exist,” Fredrik Settergren, a manager at Uppsala’s healthcare organisation, said in a statement. “What this person has been doing is dangerous for patients because symptoms have not been correctly assessed. We need to make sure that these patients get the right information and do not get hurt.”

Swedish vocabulary: regrettable – beklaglig

15-year-olds will not need parental permission to get Covid-19 vaccine

SKR, the umbrella organisation for Sweden’s regions and municipalities, has said that 15-year-olds will be allowed to decide for themselves whether to receive the Covid-19 vaccine when it is rolled out for the age group from next week, without needing parental permission.

For younger children, most will need written permission from their caregiver, but individual assessments may also be made. 

Swedish vocabulary: to decide – bestämma

Happy Cinnamon Bun Day!

October 4th is Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden, and this unofficial holiday is taken seriously, so don’t forget to celebrate. Here’s the best recipe we know.

Swedish vocabulary: cinnamon bun day – kanelbullens dag

More than 200 Swedes in ‘Pandora Papers’

More than 200 Swedes were among the wealthy who were found to be hiding their assets in tax havens, as uncovered by the Pandora Papers investigation by international journalist network ICIJ.

The Swedes on the list included CEOs, right-wing etxremists, and a member of Hell’s Angels, according to SVT which participated in the investigation.

The majority of the companies used by the Swedes to avoid taxes in their own country are registered in the British Virgin Islands, followed by the Seychelles and Belize. 

Swedish vocabulary: tax haven – skatteparadis

Electricity prices go into the minuses

After a period of record high electricity prices, they dropped to minus figures during Sunday night with a low of -1.97 öre per kilowatt hour. This means that in theory, between 1am and 8am users got paid to use electricity. although the negative price excluded tax and fees. The cause is strong winds across the Nordics and Germany.

Swedish vocabulary: in theory – i teori

Artist Lars Vilks and two police officers killed in car accident

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who was best known for his drawings of the prophet Muhammed, died on Sunday when the police car in which he was travelling collided with a truck. Two police officers also died, and the truck driver was being cared for in hospital on Monday morning.

Culture Minister Amanda Lind called the 75-year-old’s death “incredibly tragic”.

Vilks has needed police protection since 2010 due to death threats over his drawings of Muhammed’s head on a dog’s body. Besides those drawings, he is best known for his wooden sculptures including Nimis, a micronation within a national park.

Swedish vocabulary: accident – olycka

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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