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Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson and Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party, both observe Nato's Cold Response exercise in northern Norway.
Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson and Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party, both observe Nato's Cold Response exercise in northern Norway. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Two female staff die following Malmö school stabbing

Two women died after being stabbed at a high school in southern Sweden on Monday, police said, adding that an 18-year-old student had been arrested.

The two women, both in their 50s, “were employees of the school”, the police said in a statement following the attack at Malmö Latinskola, a secondary school in the centre of Malmö, the country’s third largest city.

Local media said the alleged attacker called the emergency number to say where he was and that he had put down his weapon and admitted to having killed two people.

He was armed with a knife and an axe, according to several Swedish media. The suspect was arrested without difficulty shortly after the arrival of the first patrol, according to the police account.

Read our story here 

Swedish vocab: en gärningsmän – a perpetrator 

Left Party split on cutting petrol tax 

More than 50 senior members of Sweden’s Left Party have written an open letter to the party leadership after it supported a proposal of the right-wing Moderate, Liberal, Christian Democrat, and Sweden Democrat parties to cut the price of petrol and diesel by four to five kronor by cutting tax.  

“We want to start a discussion. There are concerns about where are party is going on the environment question,” said Rikard Warlenius, a municipal politician in Stockholm. “Every time it comes to the crunch, many feel that environmental concerns have to take a back seat.” 

Swedish vocab: en uppgörelse – a deal, agreement

Swedish dairy cooperative Arla stops selling ‘Russian’ kefir 

Arla, Sweden’s biggest dairy cooperative, has temporarily stopped selling its fermented milk product Kefir, even though it is produced in Sweden, with all Swedish milk, and sold only to consumers in the country. 

“The packaging has an illustration of Moscow’s Red Square, and is associated with Russia in a way that doesn’t feel right in the current situation. So we are going to bring Kefir back with different packaging.” 

She said it was Red Square, with its connection to the ruling regime in Russia, which was a problem, rather than Russia in itself. 

“We have other products, such as smetana, for example, which also have onion domes on their packaging, which we have not withdrawn. It’s not Russian culture or Russian food we rejecting, but the Russian regime.”  

Swedish vocab: att förknippas med — to be associated with

Swedish PM and opposition leader observe Nato exercise in Norway 

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party, travelled to Evenes in Northern Norway on Monday to observe Nato’s Cold Response exercise. 

“There is a war going on in Europe, not far from where we are, so it’s natural that we, together, come to show our support for the Swedish military, who ultimately guarantee our democracy,” Andersson said at a joint press conference with Kristersson. 

“I want to emphasise how important I think it is that we can do this together,” Kristersson said. “When there is a war in Europe, it’s important that we can cooperate.” 

Troops from neutral Sweden and Finland are both taking part in the exercise, which is being led by Norway and involves troops from no fewer than 15 Nato countries. 

Around 1,500 Swedish troops and officers are taking party, together with JAS Gripen fighter planes. 

Swedish vocab: en övning — an exercise 

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

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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