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

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 Wednesday
Swedish media are today writing about how thousands of foreigners are still excluded from Sweden's vaccine pass scheme. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

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

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

ADHD tests for immigrant kids, Turk deported, train problems, and ISA tax proposal, find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Moderates propose ADHD tests for all kids in vulnerable areas

The Moderate Party in Stockholm wants to rapid test all children in “vulnerable areas” for ADHD so that more can get diagnosed and given medication. 

The party stresses that the tests would be voluntary and would be carried out at primary care centres from the age of five onwards. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background are less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden, and that there is a link between childhood ADHD and violent crime later in life. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” said the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

Sweden extradites first Turk since striking Nato deal

Sweden’s government said on Thursday that it would hand over a Turkish citizen convicted of credit card fraud to Ankara, the first known extradition since Sweden struck a deal with Turkey promising to deal with extraditions “expeditiously and thoroughly”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to block both Sweden and Finland from NATO membership unless they meet several demands, including the extradition of people Ankara considers “terrorists”.

Erdogan accuses the two countries of being havens for Kurdish militants, specifically highlighting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The man facing extradition was identified in Swedish court documents as Okan Kale, and was convicted in Turkey of credit card fraud in 2013 and 2016.

Swedish vocab: att utlämna – to deport 

Train problems to continue into autumn 

The Swedish Transport Administration is still facing problems with its new time table system, which, in combination with track work, will mean continuing train delays into the autumn,” Sweden’s state broadcaster SR has reported. 

The administration is supposed to draw up a plan on how trains should travel when there is track work 18 weeks in advance, but it is currently only able to do so two to four weeks in advance, which is making it difficult for train companies to sell train tickets. 

“This is something we are of course working intensively to improve,” Mikael Eriksson, the agency’s marketing chief, said, adding that most trains were not impacted by the track work, and that the planning system should be working properly by the end of the year. 

Swedish vocab: framförhållning – long-term planning 

Centre Party wants to remove tax from savings accounts

Sweden’s Centre Party has proposed scrapping tax on the first 30,000 kronor held by people in Sweden in Individual Savings Accounts, in order to encourage saving among Swedes, 

“A lot of people have only a small amount of extra money,” she says. “It would be simple to start saving and we want to especially benefit small savers, those who save a few hundred kronor every month for their pension, or a first apartment, or to build up a buffer for the future.” 

Swedish vocab: en buffert – a buffer