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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
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. Photo: Paul Wennerholm/TT

More unemployed university graduates in Sweden

There are more unemployed university graduates in Sweden today than before the pandemic, writes unemployment insurance company Akademikernas A-kassa.

In January 2020, 26 percent of its members had been without a job for over a year – a figure that had increased to 36 percent by January 2022, according to its press release.

But there may be some light on the horizon. In the past year, the number of unemployed members has decreased: from 18,000 at the end of 2020 to 13,400 at the end of 2021.

Swedish vocabulary: university graduate – akademiker (note that this is a false friend of “an academic”, which in English refers to a person still involved in the university world)

Swedish PM criticised over language on Ukraine crisis

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has been criticised for not using the word “invasion” when denouncing Russia’s actions in Ukraine, although she called them a “clear violation of international law” and an “act of aggression”.

“If a foreign power moves its military into the territory of a sovereign state, of course it is an invasion,” conservative opposition leader Ulf Kristersson told the TT newswire.

Public international law professor Mark Klamberg explained to TT that the UN convention uses the word “aggression” and not “invasion”, but a resolution by the General Assembly mentions invasion as one of the definitions of an act of aggression.

Swedish vocabulary: international law – internationell rätt

Sweden battles disinformation campaign about Muslim children

Swedish authorities are warning against an ongoing global disinformation campaign which claims that social services routinely ‘kidnap’ Muslim children in an attempt to secularise them. But what’s the context behind the story and why has it gained traction?

The Local has looked into the issue in these three articles:

Country by country: Where do Sweden’s newest foreign residents come from?

Immigration to Sweden increased year-on-year in 2021 for the first time since 2016, , according to fresh data by national number crunchers Statistics Sweden. In total, 90,631 people moved to Sweden last year, up 9.8 percent on 2020.

The largest group of immigrants, 11 percent, were Swedes returning to their country of birth.This was followed by people born in India. A total of 6,017 people born in India moved to Sweden last year, an increase of 48.2 percent on the previous year.

The next largest groups were from Syria (3,538 people born in Syria became registered as residents last year), closely followed by Germany (3,501) and Pakistan (3,240).

Read the whole article HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: to return – att återvända

Swedish foodie secrets: How to find Sweden’s best semla

Semlor are traditional Swedish cardamom buns filled with whipped cream and almond paste. But what should you look for in a good semla, and what should you avoid?

We asked semla-lovers on Twitter and in Malmö foodie group Malmöfoodisar on Facebook to tell us what you should look for in the ideal semla – here’s what they said.

Swedish vocabulary: a bun – en bulle

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Nato deal with Turkey, pilot strike postponed, and the return of nuclear: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Turkey drops objections to Sweden joining Nato

Turkey on Tuesday evening dropped its objections to Sweden and Finland joining Nato, paving the way for the two Nordic nations to join the North Atlantic defence alliance.

“We have reached an agreement between Sweden, Turkey and Finland which means that Turkey now accepts that we will be granted invitee status in Nato. That’s important, as it will improve Sweden’s security,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said after a meeting in Madrid with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a press release, Nato said that the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland had all signed a trilateral memorandum (find copy here) which addressed “Türkiye’s legitimate security concerns”.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Nato leaders would as a result now be able to issue a formal invitation to Sweden and Finland to join the alliance.

“I’m pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join Nato. Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum that addresses Turkey’s concerns, including around arms exports,
and the fight against terrorism,” he said.

In the deal, Sweden commits to resuming weapons sales to Turkey, to cease supporting the Kurdish PYD government in northern Syria, and to handle extradition requests from Turkey for those it suspects of links to the PKK or Gülen Movement “expeditiously and thoroughly”.  

Swedish Vocab: en överenskommelse  – an agreement 

Pilot unions postpone strike until Saturday 

Sweden’s pilot union has postponed a strike planned for Wednesday until Saturday morning, to provide time for extra negotiations with the Scandinavian airline SAS. 

As many as 900 pilots were expected to go on strike, affecting up to 30,000 travellers, but at forty minutes past midnight on Wednesday, SAS said that the talks would be extended. 

Swedish Vocab: förhandlingar – negotiations

Risk of summer water shortages across Sweden 

Groundwater levels are low across large parts of Sweden, making water shortages likely, the Geological Survey of Sweden has said in its latest report

Groundwater levels are low across almost all of Götaland, most of Svealand och about half of Norrland, compared with what is normal for the season, meaning even a normally dry summer will lead to shortages. 

Swedish Vocab: grundvatten – groundwater  

Sweden’s state power company to study building mini nuclear plants

Sweden’s state power company Vattenfall is looking into building a series of small modular nuclear reactors at the site of its decommissioned Ringhals plant, in what would be the first new nuclear power station in the country since 1980.

The company’s chief executive Anna Borg said in a press release on Tuesday that the first new reactors could come into operation by the early 2030s, “provided that a pilot study concludes that it would be profitable and all other conditions for a future investment decision are met, in particular, new regulations for nuclear power”.

The statement comes at a time when Sweden’s right-wing opposition has politicised the issue of nuclear power, criticising the Social Democrat-led government for allowing the first two nuclear power plants built at Ringhals near Gothenburg to be decommissioned in 2019 and 2020, five years earlier than intended when they were built.

“I think it’s fantastic and exciting news that Vattenfall wants to invest in new nuclear power in southern Sweden,” said Carl-Oskar Bolin, chair of the Swedish parliament’s business committee. “This is exactly what’s required to stabilise power prices in the long run.”

Swedish Vocab: att utreda – to investigate