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

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Swedish media are today writing about how thousands of foreigners are still excluded from Sweden's vaccine pass scheme. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Want to get a Covid test? You may need to be patient

The number of people getting tested for Covid-19 is increasing rapidly. In November the number rose from 86,500 to almost 274,000, according to the Public Health Agency.

People with symptoms can book a test for free via their region, but you may have to wait to find out the result. Several regions report longer waiting times than normal. You may also struggle if you in the meantime want to buy a rapid antigen test. Most pharmacies tell Swedish news agency TT that their shelves are currently empty.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should stay at home, even if you are fully vaccinated or have previously had the virus, according to Sweden’s guidelines.

Swedish vocabulary: a Covid test – ett covidtest

Stockholm hospital step up preparedness as Covid cases increase

Four Stockholm hospitals have entered so-called stabsläge – essentially a heightened state of preparedness to quickly be able to decide on the reallocation of internal resources and to call in extra staff – to cope with an increased pressure on healthcare.

The four hospitals are Södersjukhuset, Danderyd, Norrtälje and St Göran, reports TT.

“The situation is challenging, with both Covid-19 and the seasonal flu affecting both patients and staff,” said Danderyd Hospital’s CEO Yvonne Haglund Åkerlind in a statement.

Swedish vocabulary: a hospital – ett sjukhus

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Sweden’s inflation rate rises to highest level in 28 years

Sweden’s inflation rate rose to 3.6 percent in November, up from 3.1 percent in October.

This was higher than expected, and was largely driven by an increase in electricity and fuel prices, according to a fresh report by Sweden’s national number crunchers Statistics Sweden. It was also the highest inflation rate in almost three decades.

“Rising energy prices contributed to the highest inflation rate since December 1993,” said Mikael Nordin, a statistician at Statistics Sweden, in a statement on Tuesday.

Swedish vocabulary: inflation rate – inflationstakt

‘Forced to choose between discriminating or cancelling events’

Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT’s top story this morning was how thousands of fully vaccinated people in Sweden still can’t get a Covid vaccine pass, or even have a Covid vaccine pass from a non-EU country that’s still not accepted as valid in Sweden.

“We are forced to choose between discriminating against hundreds of students or cancelling events. It is outrageous,” Teo Elmfeldt, student union chair at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm told SVT in an interview.

The Local has been writing about this issue since July when the passes were launched. Here’s the latest update we got from the government when it proposed extending the vaccine pass scheme to for example restaurants and long-distance public transport.

Swedish vocabulary: thousands – tusentals

Member comments

  1. ‘Forced to choose between discriminating or cancelling events’

    The world has literally gone crazy if stopping completely healthy people from attending events because they choose not to be medicated isnt the much more obvious and discusting form of discrimination here?

    1. I agree. Division among society for the “good” and the “bad” ones just makes everything worse, like free will is not trendy and flashy nowadays.

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