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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
A fire on Stockholm's Djurgården island almost spread to the Nordic Museum in the early hours of Monday. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Firefighters stop inferno from reaching Stockholm museum

A restaurant blaze which threatened to spread to the Nordic Museum on Stockholm’s Djurgården island had been put out completely by 6am.

The fire started – due to, at the time of writing, unknown causes – at Restaurang Josefina shortly before 2.30am on Monday and 20 units of firefighters spent hours extinguishing the flames, which could be seen from Södermalm island, reports the TT newswire.

Most of the restaurant was saved too, with around a third damaged by the fire.

Swedish vocabulary: a fire – en brand

Man dies after shooting in southern Stockholm

A man in his 20s has died after being found with gunshot wounds in the Skarpnäck suburb of southern Stockholm. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“At least ten shots were fired,” a police spokesperson told TT.

Police were called out to the incident, which they are investigating as suspected murder, at 10.33pm on Sunday. They said they did not immediately see any links to another, non-fatal, shooting in nearby Farsta earlier in the evening, but did not rule it out.

Swedish vocabulary: an injury – en skada

Hundreds of Gothenburgers protest against social services

Around 300 people gathered in Gothenburg on Sunday to protest against how the Swedish social services conducts its investigations into suspected family problems. The organisation Mina rättigheter (“My rights”) demanded that an independent body examines the social services’ investigations before they are used in a court.

Complaints against the social services have recently gained global traction, with Swedish authorities warning of a coordinated disinformation campaign wrongly claiming that the social services routinely “kidnap” the children of Muslim families.

But the organiser of the Gothenburg protest distanced herself from the online campaign. “We reject all extremism, radicalism, terrorism and threats. Everyone loves this country and nobody wishes harm on it. We’re not unhappy with Sweden, just the social services,” Mina rättigheter’s chairperson Zeinab Ltaif told TT.

Swedish vocabulary: an investigation – en utredning

No more face masks on Scandinavian flights

Scandinavian airlines SAS and Norwegian will no longer require passengers to wear face masks onboard flights within Scandinavia. Norwegian removed the requirement at midnight between Saturday and Sunday, and SAS will remove it on February 15th.

Swedish vocabulary: a face mask – ett munskydd

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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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