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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
The site of a planned nuclear fuel repository in Sweden. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Man dead after shooting south of Stockholm

A man in his 20s has died after being found with gunshot wounds in Norsborg, south-west of the city of Stockholm. He was found by a passer-by in a car park shortly before midnight on Tuesday and was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries.

The gunman was still at large in the early hours of Wednesday.

Swedish vocabulary: a passer-by – en förbipasserande

Swedish health chiefs hold Covid press conference

Sweden may lift most of its Covid restrictions starting February 9th, if the ongoing outbreak of the Omicron variant peaks by then and vaccinations continue apace, Health Minister Lena Hallengren told a press conference on Wednesday.

She was joined by Karin Tegmark Wisell, director-general of the Public Health Agency, at the press conference.

Tegmark Wisell said 270,000 new cases had been confirmed with PCR tests in the past seven days, but that the agency believes that the outbreak is currently so widespread that the true figure could be a least half a million people a week. Some 10 million people live in Sweden.

She said that the agency believes “the peak will be reached in the next few weeks”.

Swedish vocabulary: outbreak – utbrott

Covid-19: Record-high case numbers

The region of Västra Götaland – where Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, is located – reported 44,791 positive cases of Covid-19 last week, the highest number in a single week since the pandemic began. Västra Götaland also reported the highest number of PCR tests taken in a single week during the pandemic, 130,554 tests.

Across the country, almost 140,000 new cases have been added to the total figures since last Thursday. New testing recommendations from the Public Health Agency mean that many regions now only offer free PCR testing to certain groups. This has led many individuals to take at-home antigen tests, which are not registered in official figures.

Swedish vocabulary: highest – högsta

Decision expected on Swedish nuclear waste site

On Thursday, the government is expected to approve an application from the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company for building a new repository for spent nuclear fuel, reports Swedish news agency TT. The site would be located at the nuclear power plant at Forsmark on Sweden’s east coast, 130 kilometres north of Stockholm.

In total, 12,000 tonnes of nuclear waste would be deposited in the repository, 500 metres deep into 1.9 billion-year-old bedrock, in an intricate system of 66 kilometres of tunnels, with space for more than 6,000 copper canisters of spent nuclear fuel.

Swedish vocabulary: nuclear fuel – kärnbränsle

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

Airport chaos, cyber ads, Nato's Sweden plans, and tough talk from Turkey: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Swedish airport operator warns of long queues this weekend

Swedish airport operator Swedavia has warned that queues at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport are likely to increase over the long Ascension Day weekend. 

“There is a rather low personnel level at security controls which will mean that it is tight from time to time,” said David Karlsson, the airport’s press officer on Thursday morning. “Together with the fact that travel levels have risen during the spring and summer, and that it’s a particularly intensive weekend, it’s a bit tight out there this morning.”

Jan Eliasson, a former Swedish foreign minister and former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, criticised the queues on Twitter. 

“The chaos at Arlanda damages Sweden’s reputation in the world more than we realise,” he wrote. 

The press spokesperson for SAS said on Thursday that customers would not be recompensed for flights missed due to the queues. 

Swedish Vocab: bitvis – bit by bit/from time to time 

No need for Nato forces in Sweden: US general 

Nato is unlikely to place ground forces in Sweden or Finland as a result of them joining the Nato defence alliance, the US General Christopher Cavoli has said in a statement. 

Cavoli, who in July takes over as Nato’s highest commander in Europe, was interviewed in the US Senate on Thursday. 

He said that the Ukraine war had shifted Nato’s balancing point towards Eastern Europe, where member states are most worried about Russian aggression. 

Cavoli said that the US already has strong military links to both Sweden and Finland, and that there would be more joint exercises and other engagements in future.

Swedish Vocab: tyngdpunkt – balancing point

Sweden’s Psychological Defence Agency launches major advertising campaign 

Sweden’s new Psychological Defence Agency has launched a new campaign titled Bli inte lurad, meaning roughly “don’t be a mug”. The campaign has been launched on social media, in printed newspapers, and on billboards across Sweden. 

Swedish Vocab: lurad – conned/deceived

Erdogan: Sweden’s contact with Kurdish groups ‘against spirit of Nato’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Sweden’s contact with Kurdish groups as “against the spirit of Nato” in a telephone conversation with France’s President Emmanuel Macron. 

On Wednesday, delegations from Sweden Finland and Turkey held their first meeting in Ankara. 

“We communicated in clear language the message that the process cannot move forward until Turkey’s security concerns are met with concrete steps and within a certain timeframe,” Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, said after the meeting. 

Swedish Vocab: en tidsram – a timeframe