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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 Tuesday
Emissions are down in Sweden despite busier roads. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Traffic emissions down in Sweden despite busier roads

Car and heavy truck traffic increased four and six percent, respectively, on Swedish roads last year, according to preliminary data by the Transport Administration.

But the increase was offset by a higher use of biofuels, more electric cars and other kinds of energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions instead fell 0.3 percent.

The Transport Administration however described the decrease as “modest” compared to the average yearly decrease of nine percent that’s required to reach the target by 2030.

Swedish vocabulary: modest – blygsam

One billion Swedish kronor paid out to benefit cheats

Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency told the TT newswire it held back 850 million kronor from being paid out to benefit cheats last year – but it also paid out a billion kronor before it was discovered the money was applied for on false grounds.

According to the agency, this money was linked to deliberate cheating, not mistakes or accidental errors. One of the most common is that an applicant requests a benefit – such as VAB, paid out to parents to stay home with a sick child – despite working. Another method is someone who moves abroad but still cashes out on for example child benefits.

Swedish vocabulary: to cheat – att fuska

New programme to help non-EU doctors get a Swedish licence

Only one in five doctors trained outside the EU/EEA has passed a test required to receive a Swedish medical licence in the past five years.

The Swedish Doctors’ Association has now been granted 5.7 million kronor by the Employment Agency to set up a course which will hopefully help more doctors get their licence approved.

The course will be taught online by the Karolinska Institute, starting April. Up to 80 participants will be able to take part in the training over the course of 24 weeks.

Swedish vocabulary: a doctor – en läkare

What schools do foreigners in Sweden send their children to and are they happy?

Most foreign parents in Sweden told The Local’s survey they take advantage of the country’s school choice system and send their children to international schools, or to private or non-profit free schools. HERE’S what they think of the quality of teaching.

The survey was carried out as part of The Local’s investigation into schools in Sweden. We’ve previously published interviews with foreign teachers at the IES (Internationella Engelska Skolan, International English School) free school chain herehere, and here, and are now looking into other schools as well.

Swedish vocabulary: a school – en skola

Sweden opens up fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for over-80s

Sweden’s Public Health Agency is now recommending a fourth Covid vaccine dose for care home residents, recipients of at-home care, and over-80s, to be given at least four months after dose three. These vaccinations are set to get under way next week.

Despite recently removing almost all Covid-19-related restrictions as well as ending testing of the general public, the pandemic is still ongoing in Sweden, with the Public Health Agency describing the spread of infection in a press release as “intensive”.

Third doses are available for over-18s in all Swedish regions. If you have not had yours yet and want to know how to book in your region, see The Local’s guide HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: a fourth dose – en fjärde dos

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

Court rules on Easter rioters, a wolf shot in Skåne, Midsummer drownings, and Nato talks: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Court in Örebro to rule on four involved in Easter riots 

A court in Örebro will rule today on four men accused of throwing stones at police over the Easter weekend, and in some cases also filmed attacks on police and encouraged others to carry out attacks. 

The men are accused of the crime of blåljussabotage, literally “blue light sabotage”, which covers attacks on police officers and their cars and other equipment. 

According to the prosecution, the four men attacked and threatened police, damaged police vehicles, and injured police dogs. The attacks took place during protests against plans by the far-right activist Rasmus Paludan to burn copies of the Koran in the city. 

Swedish vocab: blåljussabotage – damaging police property and materials.

Two men drowned in lakes in Sweden over Midsummer weekend 

Police have reported two separate cases of elderly men drowning over the Midsummer weekend, one in Blekinge in southern Sweden, and the other in Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. 
 
In Blekinge, a  70-year-old man died after falling into the Halen lake in Olofström, on Sunday evening. He was pulled from the water before the ambulance arrived but was declared dead at 9pm. One of the man’s relatives called the emergency services. 

The man in Vaxholm, who was also described as “elderly”, died after falling overboard from a boat on Sunday afternoon. The man’s body was found by divers at 17.30pm.

Swedish vocab: en drunkningsolycka – a drowning accident 

Wolf shot in southern Sweden after attacking sheep

A wolf was shot on Sunday in Svälov, a municipality between the cities of Lund and Helsingborg in southern Sweden. The animal, one of the wolves spotted recently in the far south of Sweden, had attacked a sheep.

“The farmer fired off a warning shot to discourage further attacks, but that did not help, and so a deadly shot was then fired,” said Tom Espgård, who works on predatory animals for Skåne county. 

The wolf, a female weighing 34kg, was shot according to a paragraph in Sweden’s hunting law which allows livestock owners to shoot predators if they find them attacking their animals. 

Swedish vocab: en tamdjursägare – a livestock owner

Swedish PM: ‘I look forward to meeting Erdogan in Madrid’ 

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson responded positively to the downbeat assessment of Nato talks with Turkey given by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Saturday. 

“Good call earlier today with President Erdogan of Turkey on Sweden’s Nato application,” Andersson wrote on Twitter. “Agreed on the importance of making progress in the run-up to the NATO Summit in Madrid next week, where I look forward to meeting President Erdogan and other Allied leaders.”

In a thread posted on Twitter, the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey said that Erdogan had told Andersson that Sweden had so far taken “no tangible action” towards making “concrete changes in its attitude towards PKK/PYD/YPG terrorist organization”. 

The thread also said that Turkey wants several people it sees as connected to these organisations extradited from Sweden. 

Read our story on Erdogan’s comments here

Swedish vocab: utlämnade – extradited 

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