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

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

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Picture of the day: Around 180 kayakers took part in a Lucia procession in central Stockholm's Lake Mälaren a day before Lucia Day on Monday. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT

Stockholm-Uppsala trains resume traffic on Monday

Swedish train operator SJ said that its trains between Uppsala and Stockholm would more or less resume traffic according to schedule on Monday. This comes after all SJ trains on the busy line were cancelled on Sunday, due to staff illness.

Both Mälardalstrafiken and Stockholm public transport company also run trains on the route. SJ told the TT news agency on Sunday afternoon that it expected that most trains would depart as planned between Stockholm and Uppsala on Monday.

Swedish vocabulary: a train – ett tåg

Let it snow… but where?

It’s been 11 years since Sweden – all of Sweden – was last able to enjoy a complete white Christmas. Even the southern city of Lund, which usually has a white Christmas once a decade, saw 32 centimetres of snow on Christmas Eve, reports TT.

If you want snow on Christmas Eve, you should head to the Norrland or Dalarna region, or northern parts of Värmland, where there is an 80 percent or higher chance of snow. For the rest of the country, the preliminary Christmas snow forecast is less promising.

Swedish vocabulary: snow – snö

Rescue operation after cargo ships collide off the coast of Sweden

A Danish cargo ship was upside down in the Baltic Sea on Monday morning after colliding with a British ship off the Swedish coast between Ystad and Bornholm.

A large rescue operation with boats and helicopters from Sweden and Denmark was launched after two men went overboard. They had not yet been found by 9am, reported TT.

Swedish vocabulary: a boat – en båt

Gävle’s baby yule goat set on fire

A small straw Christmas goat was set alight in the Swedish city of Gävle overnight between Saturday and Sunday, but the larger version – long the target of yuletide arsonsists – remains untouched with just over a week to go until Christmas.

The three-metre tall goat (the bigger one is 13 metres) was damaged but did not burn to the ground. It was also set on fire two years ago and in 2018. A man in his 30s was convicted of the former incident.

Its giant sibling has been burned down in more years than it has survived since it was first put up in 1966, often sparking headlines around the world. That said, if it is left alone this year it will be its fifth consecutive year of surviving through Christmas – thanks to increased security and perhaps to waning interest in the illegal “tradition”.

Swedish vocabulary: untouched – orörd

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TODAY IN SWEDEN

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

Waiting times, chef shortages, and Erdogan calls the PM: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

‘Regions should work together to cut wait times for healthcare’ 

A government inquiry into long waiting times in healthcare has called for Sweden’s regions to work more closely together to cut queues to see GPs and specialists, arguing that the current ‘healthcare guarantee’ system is not working. 

“My feeling is that access to healthcare hasn’t had the highest priority, perhaps because we have had good results from a medical point of view otherwise, and so people have contented themselves with that,” said Gunilla Gunnarsson, the government’s special investigator for healthcare, told TT. 

The healthcare guarantee, which means people who should be able to see a doctor within three days, and a consultant within three months, is not being followed, she said. 

Swedish vocab: att luta sig mot – to content yourself with

Swedish restaurants short 6,000 staff for summer 

Swedish restaurants are struggling to hire staff ahead of this summer, with 6,000 restaurant jobs currently on offer at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Sweden’s state broadcaster SR has said. 

“There is a temporary shortage now as there are so many companies looking for staff at the same time, they are all competing over the same personnel,” Emil Persson, a labour market analyst at the service told SR. “The shortage is going to disappear as more and more companies succeed in recruiting, but then there’s also a long-tun shortage remaining.” 

He said the solution was to educate more people as chefs. 

Swedish Vocab: en brist – a shortage 

Finland expects Turkey hurdle to delay Nato process 

Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto has said that he expects it to take several weeks to overcome Turkey’s objections to Sweden and Finland’s Nato membership. 

“I’m optimistic that we will reach a solution to the problem, but it might take time,” he told Finland’s state broadcaster Yle. 

Haavisto said that Finland is ready to give Turkey the guarantees it demands over support for groups with alleged links to the PKK terror group. 

“A few days ago, I said that this question would need to be discussed for several days, now I can cautiously say that this is going to be discussed for several weeks,” he said. 

Swedish Vocab: påstådd – alleged 

Turkey’s Erdogan unyielding in call with Swedish PM 

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that Sweden end its “political, economic and weapons support for terror groups, in a call with Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson on Saturday.

The call came on the same day that Erdogan gave a similar message to UN Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. 

“Unless Sweden and Finland clearly show that they will stand in solidarity with Turkey on fundamental issues, especially in the fight against terrorism, we will not approach these countries’ Nato membership positively,” Erdogan told Stoltenberg. 

Turkey has long accused Nordic countries, in particular Sweden which has a strong Turkish immigrant community, of harbouring extremist Kurdish groups as well as supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based preacher wanted over the failed 2016 coup.

Swedish Vocab: att ställa krav – to make demands 

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