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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Fuel prices are on the increase in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT

Swedish hospitals allow staff to break family quarantine

Due to increased pressure on the healthcare sector and staff shortages due to illness, Uppsala University Hospital has permitted three employees to break family quarantine and work despite members of their households having Covid-19, reports broadcaster TV4 Nyheterna. Another five regions say they have made similar exceptions.

The staff members who are asked to turn up for work anyway have to be either triple or double vaccinated and have previously had Covid-19 themselves. They also have to be symptom-free, get tested before work and wear face masks at all times. All exceptions for hospital staff also have to be approved by the region’s infectious disease doctor.

“It could put patients’ safety at risk if some people don’t work,” Uppsala’s infectious disease doctor, Johan Nöjd, told TV4 Nyheterna, conceding that allowing staff to work despite their family members having Covid constituted a heightened risk. “It is an uneasy situation. One would wish that such an exception was not in place.”

Swedish vocabulary: uneasy – olustig

Swedish wolf hunt gets under way

Sweden’s wolf cull started on Sunday, with hunters allowed to shoot 27 wolves in five territories, reports newswire TT: Gullsjön, Haraldsjön, Snösjön, Immen and Römskog.

There are around 395 wolves living in Sweden according to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s calculations from last winter, an increase from 365 the year before.

Swedish vocabulary: a wolf – en varg

State epidemiologist: School closures not on the cards for Sweden

Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell does not believe that the Public Health Agency will reintroduce measures such as school closures when schools reopen in around a week and a half – despite the agency’s predictions that the new and more infectious Omicron variant will be the dominant variant in Sweden by then.

“We’re not at a level today where we say it’s going to be needed. You have to assess that on a case to case basis,” Tegnell told TT, adding that while he does not think nationwide school closures will be necessary, they could happen locally if there’s a cluster outbreak.

Schools in Sweden are instead told to take preventive measures such as spending time outdoors, emphasising good hand hygiene, informing students and parents that students should stay at home if they develop symptoms of Covid, and avoiding crowding.

Swedish vocabulary: a school – en skola

How much does a litre of diesel cost in Sweden?

A litre of diesel now costs over 20 kronor in Sweden. On Saturday the country’s leading fuel companies raised their guideline price – the recommended price at manned fuel stations, so in practice the exact prices may vary from one filling station to another – to 20.27 kronor ($2.24), reports TT. A litre of unleaded petrol was raised to 18.19 kronor the same day.

The price of renewable diesel, HVO100, was meanwhile raised to 24.12 kronor.

Swedish vocabulary: petrol – bensin

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SAS pilots approve new collective agreement

As many as 93 percent of the Danish SAS pilots have voted yes to the agreement which ended strike action but also means, among other things, redeployments, longer working weeks, and lower wages.

The union Dansk Metal announced the level of acceptance on Saturday morning. The pilots could have voted yes or no on the new collective agreement until midnight on Friday evening.

Pilots in Sweden and Norway have also approved the agreement.

Keld Bækkelund Hansen, head of negotiations at Dansk Metal, said “I am incredibly happy. It is a bit atypical to see that a collective agreement negotiation ends in agreements being made that reduce wages and conditions.”

“So, of course, it was exciting how our members viewed the new collective agreement. But they could also see that it was a necessity in relation to SAS’s situation,” he added.

Swedish vocab: att godkänna – to approve 

Majority of households believe house prices will fall 

A clear majority of 57 percent of house households in Sweden now believe house prices will fall, a six percentage points rise on the last month, according to the latest edition of the monthly house price indicator from the country’s SEB bank.  

“It’s clear that an increasingly harsh climate for private finances is affecting house price indications, which lie at the lowest level since the 2008 finance crisis,” said the bank’s private economist Américo Fernández in a press message.

Swedish vocab: kärva – harsh 

Christian Democrats call for national plan for maternity care 

The Christian Democrats have called for a national plan for maternity care, in an election pledge that it the party sees as the first stage in its plan to replace Sweden’s regional health authorities with a national health service. 

“Swedish healthcare is suffering from a system failure, which is spelled ‘regions'”, the party’s leader Ebba Busch, said in her summer speech ahead of September’s election. 

The plan would see the reopening of closed maternity clinics and wards, and a guarantee that threatened clinics and wards be kept open. 

Swedish vocab: att avskaffa – to abolish 

Liberals propose campaign to bring order to Swedish schools 

The Liberal Party has proposed a national campaign to bring order to Swedish schools, which the party is calling an ordningslyft, literally “order lift”. 

The campaign will include an “order contract”, signed by all pupils and parents, and five other proposals, of which two are new. 

The two new proposals are that the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) state clearly that pupils have a responsibility for order in schools, and must come in time for lessons, look after their school books, use decent language, and arrive rested for lessons. Parents also share responsibility, and must, for instance, come to parent-teacher meetings. 

Swedish vocab: förväntningar – expectations

Swedish Armed Forces to give 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers basic training 

Sweden has agreed to send 120 military officers to the UK, where they are expected to help train up to 10,000 Ukrainian citizens basic military training, under a scheme run by the UK. 

“This is important if Ukraine is going to be able to maintain and strengthen its ability to defend itself,” Sweden’s prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, said at a joint press conference with the country’s defence minister, Peter Hultqvist, on Sunday. 

The two made the announcement on a visit to the Armed Forces military base in Boden, northern Sweden. 

Sweden will never have more than 60 military instructors in the UK at any one time, and the scheme is expected to run from August 12th to December 31st. 

Swedish vocab: att upprätthålla – to maintain