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police at the scene of a fatal explosion in Gothenburg last autumn
Police have revealed what they believe caused a fatal explosion in Gothenburg last autumn. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Sweden cuts booster dose wait to three months

Sweden’s Public Health Agency has given regions the go-ahead to shorten the interval between the second and third dose of the Covid vaccine from five to three months.

More than 45 percent of over-18s in Sweden have been given a booster dose, but the agency said it wanted to speed up the process amid a sharp rise in Covid infections. The decision comes three weeks after the country reduced the booster waiting time from six months.

Sweden uses half a dose of Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine or a full dose of Pfizer/Biontech’s Comirnaty as the third dose. The latter is recommended for under-31s.

Swedish vocabulary: the third dose – den tredje dosen

Police wrap up investigation into fatal Gothenburg blast

An explosion in an apartment block in Gothenburg, which made global headlines last autumn, was likely caused by a fuel air explosion, a police probe has found. Traces of petrol were found at the scene, but there were no signs of any explosive device having detonated.

The main suspect behind the blast, who had been due to be evicted from the building on the same day, was found dead days later with suicide believed to be the cause of death.

Police would not comment when approached by the TT news agency on Monday whether the explosion is believed to have been a deliberate act or some kind of accident.

A woman died and at least 15 people needed hospital care after the blast.

Swedish vocabulary: petrol – bensin

New statistics reveal most popular baby names in Sweden

If a Swede had a baby in 2021, chances are they named them Alice or Noah.

A total of 706 girls in Sweden were named Alice in 2021. For the sixth year in a row, the name made the top of national number crunchers Statistics Sweden’s list.

Noah was the most popular name for boys, with 745 newborn Noahs last year.

See the top-ten list here.

Swedish vocabulary: a name – ett namn

Man suspected of flying drone over King and Queen’s home in Sweden

A man who was arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over the residence of the King and Queen of Sweden has been released, but is still formally considered a suspect, said the prosecutor in charge of the case.

Swedish police did not confirm the nationality of the man, who newspaper Aftonbladet identified as a Russian man in his 40s, who was arrested around 1pm on Sunday near Drottningholm Palace. The prosecutor confirmed he was a foreign national.

Swedish vocabulary: a palace – ett slott

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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