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

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 Monday
Swedish players celebrate their victory at the end of the Men's European Handball Championship final match between Sweden and Spain, in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi

One dead as storm batters Denmark and Sweden

Streets were flooded and thousands were left without electricity as Storm Malik battered Sweden this weekend, but most households had their power back by Monday morning.

In Malmö, a 100-year-old tree fell into a woman’s kitchen, but she was not injured. Scaffolding broke lose at Södertälje Hospital and the Aftonbladet newspaper reported that the hospital moved patients so that they wouldn’t be too close to the windows.

In neighbouring Denmark, a 78-year-old woman died after opening a stable door from the inside which was then caught in the strong winds. She was dragged out and fell as a result, and sustained injuries which led to her death, according to Danish police.

Swedish vocabulary: winds – vindar or blåst

Swedish handballers bring gold medal back home after 20 years

Sweden won the European Men’s Handball Championship after a tense 60 minutes against current title holders Spain, after THW Kiel right winger Niclas Ekberg – who was among the players who had been in Covid quarantine on and off during the tournament and were declared fit to play on the morning of the final – scored a penalty in the final second of the game.

It’s been 20 years since Sweden last won a gold in an international handball tournament, at a European Championship which marked the end of the country’s decade-long golden handball era. The 2023 World Men’s Handball Championship will be held in Poland and Sweden.

Swedish vocabulary: right wing – högerkant

Trains back on schedule in Sweden

Stockholm trains are expected to run as normal on Monday, after around half of all trains – including long-distance, regional and commuter trains – going to, from and via the capital were cancelled on Saturday due to staff illness.

Rail traffic in areas such as Östergötland, Småland, Skåne and the west coast may however be subject to delays on Monday, due to havoc wreaked by Storm Malik over the weekend.

Swedish vocabulary: a commuter train – ett pendeltåg

Covid drug supplies running low in Sweden

Stocks of sotrovimab – a medicine used to treat in particular the Covid-19 variant Omicron – are running low, and Swedish hospitals are now having to prioritise which patients will receive it, reports public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio.

Sotrovimab will now only be given to patients with severely weakened immune systems, where the vaccine does not work. Unvaccinated people will be the main group that might not receive the medication, since its effect on these patients is not known.

More supplies of sotrovimab are expected to arrive in February.

Swedish vocabulary: a patient – en patient

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

Magdalena Andersson in the US, property prices drop and Turkey's Nato objections. Here's Sweden's news on Thursday.

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

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to visit US President Biden

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson is in Washington today alongside Finland’s president Sauli Niinistö. The two will visit US President Joe Biden to discuss the war in Ukraine and Turkey’s opposition to their Nato applications, which were handed in yesterday.

“The meeting is an important security policy signal,” Andersson wrote on her Instagram account from Washington DC.

The two Nordic leaders boarded the flight to Washington DC shortly after their Nato ambassadors applied to join the alliance.

At the meeting in the White House today, the delicate security situation in both Finland and Sweden will be discussed. A number of countries, including the USA, have stated that they will support Sweden and Finland in the period before their Nato applications are approved by all member states in the alliance.

A final approval could take up to a year, and Russia is expected to react to the two countries joining Nato in some way.

Sweden and Finland’s decision to join the Nato alliance was applauded by Ukrainians taking part in a demonstration outside the White House.

Swedish vocabulary: stöd – support

Property prices plummet after central bank increases inflation rate

Property prices have dropped after the Swedish central bank increased inflation rates.

At the same time, the amount of apartments on property website Hemnet has increased to a record level, as sellers seek to get their property on the market quickly.

Valueguard’s price index, which measures changes in prices, sank by 1.7 percent in the two first weeks of May in the Stockholm region. In Gothenburg, prices decreased by 1.3 when compared with April.

This is the first property price measurement in May since the central bank decided to increase key index rates by 0.25 percent while also sharply raising their interest rate forecast.

Having said that, there was also a decrease in property prices in April – 0.3 percent for apartments and 0.5 percent for houses.

Swedish vocabulary: en nedgång – a decrease

Turkish president Erdogan urges Nato to ‘respect’ concerns over Sweden joining

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has threatened to block Finland and Sweden from joining Nato, urged the alliance’s members on Wednesday to “respect” Ankara’s concerns about the two countries, which Turkey accuses of harbouring terrorists.

“Our only expectation from Nato allies is… to first understand our sensitivity, respect and finally support it,” Erdogan told his party’s legislators in parliament.

Finland and Sweden submitted a joint application to join Nato on Wednesday May 18th as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forces a dramatic reappraisal of security in Europe.

Erdogan accused Stockholm of providing safe haven to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) designated as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.

“We asked them to extradite 30 terrorists but they refused to do so,” he said.

“You will not send back the terrorists to us and then ask our support for your Nato membership … We cannot say ‘yes’ to make this security organisation being lacking in security,” he added.

Swedish vocab: terrorister – terrorists

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