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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
Fredrik Malmerfeldt, head of healthcare at the Swedish Armed Forces' Visby garrison on the island of Gotland, and Monica Eneholm, an Armed Forces doctor. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

Swedish public sector crying out for IT talent

The Swedish public sector reports that it is getting more and more difficult to find staff to fill a skills gap, reports Publikt, a magazine published by the ST trade union.

In autumn 2021, 68 percent of state sector employees told the Swedish Agency for Government Employers’ survey that they had a shortage of suitable applicants. That’s up from 44 percent the year before, writes Publikt, and a return to pre-pandemic levels.

Digital skills are sorely needed. As many as 39 percent of employers said they had a shortage of system developers and system administrators, and 27 percent reported a shortage of IT staff in areas such as operation, maintenance and support.

Swedish vocabulary: a system developer – en systemutvecklare

Swedish hospital files report to watchdog after woman and baby die

The University Hospital in Linköping has reported itself to the Health and Social Care Inspectorate after a woman died while giving birth to her third baby, who also died.

In a statement, it said the woman had “another complicating illness” and during the last part of the delivery the child died. The medical team then attributed the woman’s own symptoms as sorrow over losing her baby, but later discovered serious internal bleeding.

“She underwent surgery and extensive attempts to stabilise the circulation, but her life could not be saved and she died,” said the hospital in the statement.

Swedish vocabulary: Health and Social Care Inspectorate – Inspektionen för vård och omsorg (IVO)

Omicron outbreak among Gotland troops

The Swedish Armed Forces have reported a “so far fairly small outbreak” among soldiers stationed on the island of Gotland.

Fredrik Marmerfeldt, head of healthcare at the Visby garrison on Gotland, told the TT news agency that they would be doing their own testing so as not to put too much pressure on the local healthcare system, and to get results faster.

Gotland is, like many other regions in Sweden, struggling to cope with an increased demand on testing. TT reports that the Baltic Sea island last week confirmed 1,001 new cases which is a significantly higher figure than before – it has had around 7,000 confirmed cases in total during the pandemic.

Swedish vocabulary: an outbreak – ett utbrott

Sweden scraps negative Covid test for foreigners from some countries

Less than four weeks after it was introduced, Sweden will later this week scrap the Covid test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries, as The Local reported on Tuesday.

Since December 28th, foreign citizens (with some exceptions, such as residents of Sweden or people travelling for urgent family reasons) have had to show a negative test to be allowed into the country, regardless of country of departure or vaccination status. But the entry rules that applied prior to this will be brought back on Friday, meaning Covid vaccine passes will again be used.

Swedish vocabulary: four weeks – fyra veckor

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  1. Keywords: Payment and Talent Immigration. How long has it been since sweden changed rules for the latter? Told ya.

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

Nato, Nato, and more Nato: Find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Sweden’s defence minister: Nato decision to be taken today

Sweden’s government will meet later on Monday to take the historical decision to join Nato, the country’s defence minister Peter Hultqvist, has told state broadcaster SVT. 

“I can’t say exactly when the application will be sent in, but the decision is going to be taken today,” he said. 

Turkey have voiced their opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the alliance.

Hultqvist said that Sweden was sending a group of civil servants to discuss Turkey’s objections to Swedish Nato membership — something Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday would not prevent Sweden joining the alliance. 

“We are going to a send a group of civil servants who are going to carry out a discussion and have a dialogue with Turkey, so then we’ll see how the issue can be solved and what the discussion is actually about. But the signals we’ve had from Nato are that there’s unanimity that both Sweden and Finland should join.” 

Swedish Vocab: avgör – to decide 

Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party backs Nato bid

Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party on Sunday said it was in favour of joining Nato, reversing its decades-long opposition and paving the way for the country to submit a membership application.

The turnaround comes amid soaring political and public support in Sweden for joining the Western military alliance after Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine.

The issue has divided Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s Social Democrats, with some party members expressing concern that the decision was being rushed through.

The party said on Sunday that if Sweden’s application were approved, it would work to express “unilateral reservations against the deployment of nuclear weapons and permanent bases on Swedish territory.”

Swedish vocab: att vara orolig – to be worried/concerned

Finland confirms it will apply to join Nato as Sweden set to follow

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed on Sunday that his country would apply for Nato membership as Sweden’s ruling party was to hold a decisive meeting that could pave the way for a joint application.

The announcement came after Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday they both favoured Nato membership, in a major policy shift prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Today, we, the president and the government’s foreign policy committee, have together decided that Finland … will apply for Nato membership,” Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Helsinki on Sunday.

“I have great feelings, of course, this is an historic day. It started in the morning when I visited the memorial service to honour Finland’s fallen heroes”, Niinistö told reporters.

Niinistö said that the decision will secure Finland’s security policy and that it “does not disadvantage anyone”.

Sweden’s foreign minister Ann Linde said the decision would have “great significance” for Sweden.

Swedish vocab: betydelse – significance 

US in support of Sweden and Finland joining Nato

The State Department’s top diplomat for Europe, Karen Donfried, and President Joe Biden have reiterated US support for Sweden and Finland joining Nato, ahead of a meeting between Alliance foreign ministers in Berlin on Saturday.

In a phone call on Friday morning with Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, US President Joe Biden reiterated support for Nato’s open-door policy, the White House said. He had also stressed that Sweden and Finland had the right to decide their own future.

Donfried said on Friday: “The United States would support Finland or Sweden joining Nato should they choose to do so.” A formal membership application by the two countries would be “further evidence of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic miscalculation,” she said.

Finland and Sweden are “valued Nato partners” and “thriving democracies,” Donfried said. Referring to remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the top diplomat said Turkey’s position must now be clarified. 

Swedish vocab: att stödja – to support