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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
Did you miss the Northern Lights on January 14th? You may get another chance tonight. Photo: Joakim Goksör/TT

Standard of living down in immigrant areas in Sweden

The standard of living has gone down in areas heavily populated by immigrants, a new study suggests.

Disposable income in these areas in the 90s was seven percent lower than the rest of Sweden – this has now fallen to 34 percent lower, despite the fact that employment has increased more in the same areas than it has in the country overall.

“They’re often weak, insecure, on-and-off jobs, often part-time,” Lund University national economist Martin Nordin, who’s behind the study, told the TT newswire.

Swedish vocabulary: disposable income – disponibel inkomst

Another chance to see the Northern Lights in Sweden

If you’re in an area of Sweden where the sky is clear, keep your eye towards the northern horizon later tonight for a potential sighting of the Northern Lights.

The lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, hit Sweden on Tuesday, but the sky was overcast in much of the country. The group Norrsken Sverige told TT there may be another opportunity on Wednesday, but as always an exact forecast is impossible.

Read more here about when to see the Northern Lights in your parts of Sweden.

Swedish vocabulary: Northern Lights – norrsken

Vaccinated in a non-EU country? You may now get a Swedish vaccine pass

Vaccination certificates for residents in Sweden who got vaccinated against Covid-19 in non-EU/EEA countries are available from February 1st in Stockholm, but only if you apply in person. The service will open in Malmö, Gothenburg and Luleå on March 1st.

It is only available to those with a registered address in Sweden and a digital mailbox. Read more HERE about vaccine passes and HERE about how to get a digital mailbox.

Swedish vocabulary: a digital mailbox – en digital brevlåda

Church of Sweden sacks cheating bishop

A bishop in Sweden has been sacked for having an affair, the first such dismissal since the Lutheran Church and Swedish state formally separated in 2000, officials said.

Thomas Petersson, bishop of the Visby diocese on the island of Gotland, was fired after he and seven clerics reported the extra-marital affair, which lasted several years, to the church’s disciplinary board.

The bishop “effective immediately no longer has the authority to serve as a bishop, priest or deacon in the Church of Sweden”, the disciplinary board said.

Swedish vocabulary: the disciplinary board – ansvarsnämnden

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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