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

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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A court sketch of the so-called "Nytorget man" who raped several women in Stockholm. Photo: Johan Hallnäs/TT

Killer spiders found in Swedish town

A number of poisonous spiders were found in central Sweden at the end of last year, with the first found at a school for truckers in Sandviken, another at the Göranssonska high school and even more at tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant, reports newswire TT.

According to Arbetarbladet, it has now been confirmed that they were of the species Loxosceles Laeta, a Chilean spider whose bite hurts and could in the worst case be fatal – although the risk of getting bitten is relatively small as the spider prefers to hide in dark spaces.

Swedish vocabulary: a spider – en spindel

Boy got wrong second dose of Covid vaccine in Sweden

A 12-year-old boy in Uppsala got the wrong vaccine against Covid-19 in January, reports local newspaper UNT.

His vaccination card said he had previously received Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine, but his medical record stated he had previously had Moderna’s Spikevax, which made the vaccine administrator choose the latter as his second dose.

This despite the fact that the Public Health Agency has said that people under the age of 30 should not be given Spikevax, due to a risk of side effects such as myocarditis for this age group. The boy is in good health, reports UNT, but the mother described the error as “shocking”.

Swedish vocabulary: shocking – chockerande

Main suspect cleared over shooting of two children in southern Stockholm

The main suspect charged in connection with a shooting in the Stockholm suburb of Flemingsberg in July last year, which accidentally injured two young children, was cleared by a Swedish court on Tuesday.

Södertörn District Court said it had not be proved that the 25-year-old man was the one who fired the gun, with witness statements also being possible to potentially link to another man who was at the scene at the same time but was never charged.

The trial heard that the gun was used a during a suspected gang confrontation, which saw the weapon going off when it was being used as a blunt tool to assault another person. Two other people were sentenced to jail for aggravated assault, and the fourth person – the man who was assaulted – was also jailed after it turned out he had been carrying an illegal weapon.

The children, aged six and seven, did not receive life-threatening or permanent injuries.

Swedish vocabulary: a gun – en pistol

Nytorget rapist’s sentence upheld by appeals court

Andreas Holm, also called “the Nytorget man” (“Nytorgsmannen”) in the Swedish media after the Stockholm square where he was found guilty of having raped women seven times, will get five years in jail after an appeals court upheld the district court’s 2021 sentence.

The jail term had been criticised for not being long enough. The 34-year-old was originally charged with 24 counts of rape – several of which the district court downgraded to sexual assaults – and the prosecutor had urged the court to lock him up for 12 years.

He was also ordered to pay 1.1 million kronor in damages to 19 plaintiffs.

Swedish vocabulary: a court – en domstol

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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