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Britta Johansson and Lina Korsgren, the two winners, compete the Tjejvasan woman's ski race on Saturday. Russians have been banned from the man's version on Sunday.
Britta Johansson and Lina Korsgren, the two winners, compete the Tjejvasan woman's ski race on Saturday. Russians have been banned from the man's version on Sunday. Photo: Ulf Palm/TT

Sweden to send anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in break with doctrine

Sweden on Sunday announced it would break its tradition of not sending arms to countries in active conflict and send military equipment, including anti-tank launchers, to Ukraine.

“My conclusion is now that our security is best served by us supporting Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russia,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters.

Andersson said 5,000 anti-tank weapons of the model “Pansarskott 86”, a single-use anti-tank launcher known internationally as Bofors AT-4, would be sent to Ukraine.

The decision to send arms, 135,000 field rations, 5,000 helmets and 5,000 pieces of body armour is the first time Sweden has sent weapons to a country in armed conflict since the Soviet Union attacked Finland in 1939, Andersson added.

You can read our story here

Swedish vocabulary: portable – bärbart

Ericsson’s Iraq bribery scandal might be a crime under international law 

International human rights lawyers have told SVT’s Uppdrag Granskning investigative programme that bribes paid to the terror group IS by the Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson might be a crime under international law. 

The telecoms firm recently released the results of an internal investigation which found that the group may have bribed IS in order to transport equipment through its territory. 

“My judgement is that any prosecutor who had this report in his hand could not make any other decision than to launch a criminal investigation into “accessory to crimes against humanity”, the lawyer Sten de Geer told SVT.

Swedish vocabulary: a bribe – en muta

Sweden’s foreign ministry advises against unnecessary journeys to Russia. 

Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a warning advising Swedish residents and citizens against making unnecessary journeys to Russia, citing, “the serious and unpredictable security situation in the surrounding region, uncertainty on transport alternatives out of Russia and in the payment system in the country”. 

The foreign ministry had previously only advised against travel to the regions of Belgorod, Voronezj, and Rostov, close to the border with Ukraine. 

Swedish vocabulary: non-essential – icke nödvändiga 

Russian and Belarusian skiers banned from Sweden’s Vasaloppet cross-country race 

Sweden’s Vasaloppet ski race has banned all Russian and Belarusian participants from this Sunday’s race, and from all its other events, in protest at the invasion of Ukraine. 

”Together with other cross-country ski events, we have taken a common decision to not allow Russian participants in Vasaloppets winter week, and the remaining five competitions that are part of the international cross-country ski cup Visma Ski Classics,” said Johan Eriksson, the company’s chief executive, in a press release

This means Russian participants will be banned from Vasaloppet, Årefjällsloppet, the Birkebeinerrennet and Reistadsløpet in Norway and the Ylläs-Levi in Finland.

Swedish vocabulary: participants – deltagarna 

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TODAY IN SWEDEN

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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