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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
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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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