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Northvolt's battery factory in Västerås
Northvolt's battery factory in Västerås, pictured, is set for investment and expansion. Photo: Simon Rehnström/SvD/TT

Sweden pauses Moderna vaccine for under-30s

Sweden will stop using the Moderna vaccine in anyone born in 1991 or later, the Public Health Agency said on Wednesday. The decision was motivated by rare side effects, mostly in young people and particularly young men, shown in Swedish and Nordic data.

Instead, the Pfizer vaccine will be used for this age group until at least December 1st.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said people aged under 30 who had already been vaccinated with Moderna should not worry due to the rarity of the potential side effects, but should be aware of the symptoms to look out for: fatigue and shortness of breath; irregular heartbeat; fever and body aches; pain when breathing deeply; a feeling of pressure over the chest; or pain in the left or middle of the chest.

Swedish vocabulary: side effect – biverkning

Swedish GDP plummets

Sweden’s GDP fell sharply in August, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB). The so-called GDP indicator decreased by 3.8 percent in August compared to the previous month, according to seasonally adjusted statistics, which is thought to be partially explained by reduced exports.

Swedish vocabulary: GDP – BNP

It’s Nobel Literature Prize day

The final Nobel Prize to be announced in Stockholm is the Literature prize with its reveal later today.

The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, has hinted that it will look beyond Europe, after pledging to make the prize more diverse. Of the 117 literature laureates since the first Nobel was awarded in 1901, more than 80 percent have been Europeans or North Americans.

Swedish vocabulary: Nobel Prize winner – nobelpristagare

Gothenburg apartment blast suspect found dead

Prosecutors have said that the man suspected as being behind a detonation in Gothenburg last week has been found dead on Wednesday after an apparent suicide.

Named as Mark Lorentzon by Swedish media, the man was suspected of being behind the pre-dawn blast last Tuesday that injured 16 people at the building where he lived and forced residents of 140 apartments to evacuate. Lorentzon was due to be evicted from the building on the day of the blast.

Swedish vocabulary: to evict – vräka

Northvolt plans Västerås expansion

Battery company Northvolt is planning a ‘campus’ in Västerås for research, manufacture of batteries and recycling, creating at least an extra 600 jobs.

“This will be, which is unique, the world’s first battery research campus that has the entire battery value chain gathered in one place,” Northvolt’s communications manager Jesper Wigardt told TT.

Swedish vocabulary: battery – batteri

Skansen’s four wolves put down

Stockholm open air museum Skansen killed the park’s four wolves on Wednesday morning following a decision that it would no longer keep wolves.

“It was of course a very tough decision and [killing the animals was] always our last alternative. We have looked at relocation opportunities but it is difficult with wolves,” said the museum’s communications director Yvonne Nordlind.

The zoo wants to focus more on species conservation and biodiversity. They are investigating the possibility of keeping mountain foxes instead, perhaps as soon as next year.

Swedish vocabulary: wolves – vargar

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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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