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Sweden's Riksbank central bank is expected to raise interest rates today. Photo: TT
Men with foreign names face job discrimination in Sweden: study 
Men with foreign-sounding names face discrimination when applying for jobs in Sweden, a study from Stockholm University has found, which analysed the response rate of 5,641 fictive job applications sent out by researchers between 2014 and 2020. 

The study found that men with foreign-sounding names faced worse discrimination than women with foreign-sounding names, regardless of whether the person managing recruitment was a man or a woman. 

“What we saw was that female recruiters favoured female applicants with foreign-sounding names ahead of male applicants with foreign-sounding names, and that this happened above all in professions which require a higher level of education,” Anni Erlandsson, a sociology PhD at Stockholm University, said in a press release.

Male recruiters, she said, discriminated in the same way. 

Between 2014 and 2020, researchers sent out 5,641 fictional job applications for positions in 20 different professions, where the applicants’ qualifications were identical, but their names and gender were changed. 

Social Democrat support rises after Ukraine invasion 

Support for Sweden’s Social Democrat party has soared since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a new Ipsos poll for Dagens Nyheter, leaping four percentage points between February and March to 33 percent, the party’s highest polling numbers since December 2015. 

The Moderate Party’s position is relatively stagnant at 22 percent, up from 21 percent in February. Both the Green Party and the Liberal Party are now below the four percent threshold to enter parliament, on three percent and two percent respectively.  

Amnesty slams Sweden’s ‘discriminatory’ Covid strategy 

The human rights group Amnesty has sharply criticised Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy, arguing that those with foreign backgrounds were hit “disproportionately hard” as a result of some of the decisions taken.  

“Discrimination is a big part of the picture in all the criticisms we are making,” Anna Johansson, Secretary General för Amnesty Sweden. “When the Public Health Agency realised that certain groups were being hit harder by illness and excess mortality, they should have reacted much faster.” 

She mentioned the recommendations that people work at home, and avoid public transport as decisions that disproportionately affected people living in overcrowded housing who had no choice but to use public transport. 

Inflation to peak this year after central bank raises rates: state forecaster

Sweden’s National Institute of Economic Research has predicted that inflation will peak in 2022 at 5.2 percent before falling back to 2.8 percent after the Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, hikes rates as early as September. 

According to the institute’s March report, the Riksbank will probably increase the base interest rate for the first time since December 2019 this September, upping it to one percent until 2024, with further rate hikes likely between 2024 and 2026. 

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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