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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A young child died after a crash on the motorway in southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

New party poll as Swedish election year gets under way

Swedish public broadcaster SVT and pollsters Novus have released a new poll of the political parties, with eight months left to go until Sweden’s next general election.

The voter survey puts the ruling Social Democrats at 31.3 percent, the Sweden Democrats at 20.1 percent, the Moderates at 18.7 percent, the Left Party at 10.5 percent, the Centre Party at 6.7 percent and the Christian Democrats at 5.6 percent.

The Green Party and the Liberals would get 3.4 and 2.2 percent, respectively, of votes if an election was held today, putting both below the 4.0 threshold to get into parliament.

Swedish vocabulary: an election – ett val

Six-year-old dies in crash in southern Sweden

A six-year-old boy died in an accident on the E6 motorway at Borgeby north of Malmö, on Tuesday evening. Two cars and a truck with a trailer were involved in the collision, which saw two adults taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to early witness reports, the truck was parked on the roadside and the cars drove into it, but police warned it was too early to say with certainty what happened.

Swedish vocabulary: an accident – en olycka

Sweden records highest number of daily Covid cases since start of pandemic

On December 30th, 11,507 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to Sweden’s Public Health Agency – the highest confirmed number for a single day since the start of the pandemic. The previous highest confirmed daily tally was 11,376 on December 23rd 2020, however, large-scale testing did not begin until the autumn of 2020.

In the western Västra Götaland region, cases increased last week by over 104 percent compared with the week before. Cases in the southern region of Skåne doubled over the same period – rising from 5,563 between December 20th-26th up to 11,158 the following week.

Swedish vocabulary: daily – daglig

King and Queen of Sweden test positive for Covid-19

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have both tested positive for Covid-19, the Royal Court of Sweden confirmed on Tuesday.

The King and Queen, who are both in their 70s, have had three Covid vaccinations each and have mild symptoms.

They tested positive for Covid on Monday evening.

Swedish vocabulary: The King – Kungen

Swedish woman charged with helping IS recruit teenage son as child soldier

A Swedish woman is set to face trial for allegedly letting her young son fight for the Islamic State group as a child soldier in Syria. In the first case of its kind, the 49-year-old stands accused of having allowed her son to fight for armed groups, including IS, from the age of 12 to 15.

She denies all charges.

Swedish vocabulary: a trial – en rättegång

Ex-CEO of Swedish bank to face trial over money-laundering scandal

Birgitte Bonnesen, the former CEO of Swedish banking giant Swedbank, is set to face trial on fraud and market manipulation charges.

Authorities believe Bonnesen attempted to cover up money-laundering by the bank in Sweden by diffusing “intentionally or by aggravated negligence (…) false information about the bank’s measures to prevent, detect, block and signal suspicions about money-laundering in (its) operations,” the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Thomas Langrot, said in a statement.

She denies all charges.

Swedish vocabulary: money-laundering – pengatvätt

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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.

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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