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Police dogs help technicians search the scene after a shooting in a Stockholm suburb on Sunday evening. Photo. Anders Wiklund/TT

Most Swedes expect house prices to rise 

Over half of the households in Sweden expect house prices to rise in the future, with those believing that they will fall down, according to the monthly survey of house price expectations carried out by the bank SEB. 

About 52 percent believe prices will rise this year, an increase by five percentage points on February, and about 13 percent believe they will fall, a reduction of five percentage points on February. 

The survey, carried out by Demoskop, is based on web interviews with about 1,000 people.

Swedish Vocab: stigande – rising 

Sweden Democrat leader wants to join Nato if Finland does 

Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the populist Sweden Democrats party, has decided that Sweden should join Nato if Finland decides to join. 

“If Finland goes forward very rapidly – some people are talking about June – that really brings the question to a crunch,” he told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. “Then I think — and this hasn’t been approved by the party committee — we have to launch the process as quickly as possible despite everything.” 

Åkesson said he would then recommend that the party committee change its position. 

Swedish Vocab: min syn – my standpoint/view

PM: Decision to join Nato requires 75 percent parliamentary supermajority

Sweden’s Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, has said she believes that a Swedish decision to join Nato should require the support of three-quarters of MPs in the Riksdag parliament. 

“When we deepened our defence cooperation with Finland, then it was considered that the decision required a three-quarters majority of parliament, and this question should reasonably also follow the same decision process,” Andersson said during a visit to a Swedish airbase in Ronneby, Blekinge. 

“Whatever is the case, my ambition is that we seek broad consensus for the decision Sweden makes,” she added. “This is not a question that I believe is suited to be a political battle.”

Swedish Vocab: ett samförstånd – a consensus

Sweden has proposed Nato alternative: Finnish MP

Sweden’s defence minister Peter Hultqvist has proposed an alternative to Nato membership that would involve a military alliance between Finland and Sweden, backed by the US, the Finnish MP Erkki Tuomioja has told the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper. 

“Finland has not previously ruled this out, but the idea has previously lacked sufficient support in Sweden, both among those who support Swedish membership of Nato and opponents of Nato,” said Tuomioja. 

Tuomioja said that he and Hultqvist had had numerous discussions on the proposal and that Hultqvist had also discussed the alternative with Finland’s defence minister Antti Kaikkonen. 

Swedish Vocab: åtskilliga – numerous 

Social Democrat youth party rejects Nato membership 

The chair of the youth party of the Social Democrats has told Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT that the organisation is opposed to Sweden joining Nato. 

“Sweden should increase cooperation with the EU, not join Nato,” Lisa Nåbo, the chair of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) said. “In that sense, this is probably a change in our position where we are showing that we need to take a position between a European defence, or a Nato defence, and we think the European side is better.”

Swedish Vocab: I det avseendet – seen in that light 

Man shot dead in Stockholm suburb of Skarpnäck

A man was shot on Sunday night in the Stockholm suburb of Skarpnäck, dying before he could be taken to hospital. 

Police said there was evidence of people running from the scene of the crime at around the time the gunshot was heard, and also that a car drove away. No suspects have yet been arrested. 

Swedish Vocab: gärningsperson – perpetrator 

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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

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