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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Border checks at Malmö's Hyllie train station. Photo: Anders Bjurö/TT

Postal delays after Covid outbreak

Around 10,000 households in the city of Borås, western Sweden, did not get their post on Monday after around 50 staff fell ill in a Covid outbreak, reports public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio P4’s local station in the Sjuhärad area.

“If there’s a problem in one area we try to deliver the mail to those who didn’t get it the first day,” Emma Riblom, spokesperson for postal company Postnord, told the radio.

Swedish vocabulary: a household – ett hushåll

Swedish clinic behind false Covid certificates goes bankrupt

The company that operated a clinic which issued false Covid certificates in Gothenburg has gone into liquidation, reports western Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

The clinic carried out PCR tests which cost 1,590-3,690 kronor each between December 2020 and January 2021, where the results could be used as travel certificates. But the tests were never analysed, and the money ended up in the bank account of the doctor who ran the company. The doctor was sentenced to a year in jail in July 2021.

According to the bankruptcy trustee, the company has debts amounting to 150,000 kronor, but the clinic’s bank account is said to be empty, reports the TT newswire.

Swedish vocabulary: bankruptcy – konkurs

More than 100 Covid patients in Swedish intensive care units

The number of patients receiving intensive care for Covid-19 continued to rise in Sweden over Christmas and has now passed 100, the highest number since June.

Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Tuesday also published the first data since before Christmas on new confirmed Covid-19 infections. According to that, 1,294,560 people have so far tested positive, up from 1,273,313 confirmed cases by December 23rd.

Swedish vocabulary: highest – högsta

Malmö parents fined for keeping children home from school

Two parents in Malmö who refused to send their two children to school during large parts of the pandemic, arguing that the school had not taken proper Covid precautions, were threatened with fines by the local authority’s education officials if the children did not go to school.

The case went to court, which upheld the local authority’s decision, writes southern Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan. The parents will be fined 350 kronor per child for each day they don’t attend school. The fines will apply retroactively to some extent, which means that the parents will have to pay almost 17,000 kronor, writes TT.

Swedish vocabulary: parents – föräldrar

Dozens of travellers turned away at Swedish border

As of Tuesday, many foreign travellers need to show a negative Covid test to be allowed to enter Sweden, regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated and regardless of which country they’re travelling from – non-EU, EU or any of the Nordic countries. The test must have been carried out 48 hours before arriving in Sweden and the document must be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English or French.

Swedish citizens and foreign residents who can prove they live in Sweden are still among the categories of travellers who are exempt from showing a negative test. Border commuters can show either a vaccine pass or a week-old test.

Many were turned away at the border when the new rules came into effect. On Tuesday morning at around 10am, TT reported that police on the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden had already denied entry to around 70-80 people arriving by car since midnight.

Swedish vocabulary: a border – en gräns

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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