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

Today in Sweden: a roundup of the latest news on Friday
Third vaccine doses are delayed in many regions due to lack of resources. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
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Speaker nominates Magdalena Andersson to prime minister post – again

Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson will get another chance to become Sweden’s first female prime minister, after the speaker of parliament Andreas Norlén said he would nominate her for the office a second time. Andersson resigned on Wednesday just hours after having been confirmed by parliament as the country’s next prime minister.

The Swedish parliament is now set to again vote on Andersson as prime minister on Monday.

Speaker Andreas Norlén made the announcement on Thursday afternoon after having met with the leaders of Sweden’s eight parties.

Here’s our guide for what could happen next.

Swedish vocabulary: igen – again

Vaccination rate in many regions delayed by lack of resources

According to a survey carried out by public broadcaster SVT, 17 of 21 Swedish regions lack the resources to administer booster vaccines at the required rate. This refers not only to a lack of personnel, but also a lack of venues large enough to administer vaccines on a larger scale.

Vaccinating the most elderly and frail with a third dose has been emphasised as one of the most important ways of protecting this group’s immunity, as protection from vaccines decreases at a faster rate in the elderly. At the same time, children, unvaccinated adults and healthcare personnel must also be vaccinated, straining resources.

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State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell described the situation to SVT as “extremely unfortunate, given that we need to protect these groups quickly”.

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR), blames the delay on last-minute announcements from the Public Health Agency, making it difficult to prepare for scaling up the rate of vaccination.

The Public Health Agency argues that SKR should have been more prepared, as the agency had previously stated that third doses would be offered.

Swedish vocabulary: skydda – protect

Speaker criticism of Green Party “historic”

Speaker Andreas Norlén has criticised the Green Party for not informing him in advance that they were planning to quit the government if the left-wing coalition’s budget failed, before he nominated Magdalena Andersson as prime minister the first time around. Their decision led to Andersson resigning from the post, just hours after she was elected.

“In that case I obviously would not have nominated Magdalena Andersson on Monday. I would have waited until after the budget vote,” Norlén told a press conference on Thursday.

He said that the fact that a government had to resign hours after being elected “risked damaging trust” in Sweden’s political system, but stopped short of criticising Andersson, saying that the Green Party’s decision had seemed to come as a surprise to her, too.

Now, political experts are saying the criticism is historic.

“It’s unique – no former speaker has ever criticised an individual party,” said Tommy Möller, professor of political science to newswire TT.

Swedish vocabulary: historisk – historic

Member comments

  1. The greens have withdrawn their support for a reason. That reason was in existance before a new prime minister was elected. Ergo both sides were playing their game. Andersson and co have clearly expected the greens to stand with them. The only thing surprising here is that the greens pulled through with it. That was unexpected. Fine difference, but obvious move. Stop exaggerating the situation.

    1. I understand your point, Niklas, but this is uncharted waters in Sweden’s political history, regardless of whether it was expected or not, so it’s not about exaggeration but about a very notable occurrence that’s left a lot of us wondering hat’s going to happen next. It’s also worth adding that it signifies a new trend within this relatively recent era of colaition politics – the minor parties such as the MP, Vänsterpartiet and, sadly, the SD, are finding their voices and playing the their game, as you so nicely put it. That again is new for us, and worthy of big headlines.

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