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

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 Friday
Bomb protection services and police were sent to the site of an explosion in Malmö late on Thursday night. File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Over 900 Covid-19 patients in hospital – more expected soon

On Wednesday this week, around 940 patients with Covid-19 were being treated in Swedish hospitals, with 114 of these patients in intensive care. This is according to figures released by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), updated on Wednesdays.

This is an increase of 255 patients since last week.

“The situation is stressful,” Johan Bratt, chief medical officer for Region Stockholm told newswire TT. On Thursday, there were 267 Covid-19 patients being treated in Stockholm, 32 of which were in intensive care.

He describes three factors making the situation difficult for healthcare services: an increase in Covid-19 patients, high pressure on the health services already due to other infections such as influenza, and health workers taking time off because of illness or “vab” – caring for children who are ill.

“This means that those who are healthy have to work even harder,” he says. Pressure on healthcare from Covid-19 patients is expected to increase further in coming weeks.

“When spread of infection increases it takes around two weeks before we see it in healthcare,” Bratt says.

Swedish vocabulary: en ökning – an increase

Explosion in Malmö on Thursday night

A detonation occured in the Limhamn area of Malmö at around 11pm last night, TT reports.

“We had a lot of phone calls about a very loud bang. With help of information from witnesses, we managed to find a car which had been damaged,” says Patric Fors, police press spokesperson.

The explosion occured close to an apartment building. Reports do not suggest that anyone has been injured in connection with the explosion.

The area has been closed off and national bomb control services have been sent to the site, alongside police technicians.

Swedish vocabulary: en smäll – a bang

SMHI issues skid risk warning for Swedish west coast

SVT reports that SMHI have announced a yellow warning for a skid risk due to ice along the coast of the western region of Götaland. The ice is caused by rain falling on cold road surfaces after a chilly night.

The risk may affect drivers this morning, says Katarina Andersson, meteorologist at SMHI: the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.

The skid risk may cause traffic to be slower than usual and could make it harder to reach some areas if accidents occur. There is also a risk for delays to public transport, SVT reports.

SMHI’s warning spans from 4am to 11am today. Later in the day, temperatures are expected to rise, which will cause the roads to warm up and the ice to melt.

Swedish vocabulary: ishalka – ice causing a skid risk

Member comments

  1. Is 15 minutes of mask wearing really too much to ask? When so many here can’t even be bothered to mask up at vaccination centres you may as well be spitting in the face of your health workers. Unacceptable.

    1. Can you just stop the mask histerica? Please. Sweden does it much better than other European countries.

      1. No hysteria here. As I have said on the local before, I am not a big fan of masks and especially not for children at school. But there is a time and a place. Now we are facing a highly contagious time we should have some respect for those who are trying to protect us by wearing a mask when asked to do so. That’s all.

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

A 'racist' tweet, welfare cap, and oil-fired power: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Magdalena Andersson ‘deserves to be sacked’

The Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch savaged Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson over her party’s failure to get violent crime under control in the first party leader debate since the summer. 

“She has no solutions and deserves to get the sack,” Busch said at the Expressen newspaper’s debate, which was broadcast online.

“Criminality threatens the country as we know it,” Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson added. “It’s not getting better but only worse and worse.” 

Andersson agreed that gang crime was a serious threat, but said that politicians should listen to the experts. 

“It’s clear that we should listen to the police who say that we need to end segregation to stop new recruitment [to gangs],” she said. 

Swedish vocab: att få sparken – to get the sack

‘Next stop Kabul’: Sweden Democrat slammed for ‘racist’ tweet 

The Sweden Democrat MP Tobias Andersson has been criticised for a “disgraceful and racist” tweet in which he posted a picture of a train on the Stockholm Metro which the party has paid to have covered in its logo. 

Calling the train the “return-migration train”, he wrote: “You have a one-way ticket. Next stop Kabul!”. 

The Centre Party’s leader Annie Lööf said that the tweet was “disgraceful and racist” while the Liberal Party’s leader Johan Pehrson, who is hoping to join a government with Swedish Democrat support, said it was “tragic” and that Andersson “should be ashamed”. 

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson denied that the tweet was racist. 

“Return migration policies are not racist,” he said. “Our return migration policies are built on being voluntary. It is a way of creating a better society for us and for those who have not found their place here.” 

Swedish vocab: ovärdigt – disgraceful

Moderates pledge to stop unemployment payments after a year 

Sweden’s Moderate Party has called for A-kassa, Sweden’s system of subsidised unemployment insurance, to be limited to one year in a move aimed at speeding the return to work of those who have lost their jobs. 

The party is also proposing a welfare cap, which will mean that the total amount of benefits someone on the state emergency unemployment benefit can receive cannot be more than 75 percent of an average starting salary (which today would be about 22,000 kronor per month). 

“This is about breaking passivity by strengthening demands. We expect a lot of both people who are born here, and people who have come to Sweden,” said the party’s finance spokesperson Elisabeth Svantesson.

Swedish vocab: att bryta passiviteten – to break up the passivity 

High power prices push Sweden to fire up oil-fired power plant 

Uniper Energy has been firing up the oil-fired Karlshamnsverket power plant for much of the last week to meet high demand and benefit from record-high power prices in southern Sweden, the company has told Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper. 

“We’ve been running pretty regularly over the past week. This is today with the shortage of planned power production we have in southern Sweden today,” Torbjörn Larsson, the company’s press chief, told the newspaper. 

The power station burns 70,000 litres of oil every hour. 

Swedish vocab: brist – shortage 

Man behind stabbing at Swedish political festival admits to terror crimes

Forensic psychiatrists have diagnosed the 33-year-old as severely mentally disturbed, both at the time of his attack on Ing-Marie Wieselgren, and when they carried out their assessment.

On Tuesday, the prosecutor Henrik Olin said that Engström was “ready to take on responsibility for these suspected crimes”, which include “terrorism” and “preparation to commit terrorism through preparing a murder.”

“Of course, we need to take what he’s saying a little bit carefully given the background of the conclusions of the forensic psychiatrists’ investigation.”

A court ruled on Tuesday that the man could remain in pre-trial detention until September 15th.

Swedish vocab: brottsmisstankar – suspected crimes