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

New Nato timings, concern over rising prices and Paludan denied. Find out what's going on in Sweden on Tuesday with The Local's short roundup.

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
A sign for psychiatric care centre in Kristianstad, Skåne. Photo. Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden and Finland agree to make Nato announcement next month: reports

Sweden and Finland have agreed to both announce their intention to join Nato in the week beginning May 16th, newspapers in the two countries have reported.

According to both Iltalehti and Expressen, two tabloid newspapers from Finland and Sweden respectively, Sweden’s government has asked for Finland to delay their announcement so that the two countries can announce their intention to join simultaneously in the week when Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö is due to make a state visit to Stockholm. 

While Iltalehti, which first reported the claim, did not say where its information came from, Expressen said the timing of the announcement had been confirmed by “government sources”. 

Swedish Vocab: samtidigt – at the same time 

Police reject Danish extremist’s demo appeal

Police in Western Sweden have rejected an appeal by the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan against their decision to deny permission for a Koran-burning demo in Borås. 

“Rasmus Paludan has a rhetoric which is intended to create disorder and chaos,” Emelie Kullmyr, the police officer handling the issue for police in Sweden’s western region, said in a press release. “We have seen how the public is put in serious danger and police end up getting injured.” 

The case will now go to the local civil court.  

Swedish Vocab: att överklaga – to appeal 

Swedish retail industry concerned by price rises 

Retailers in Sweden are concerned by the rising prices forced upon them by suppliers, which they expect to depress margins in the coming months, according to the Swedish Trade Federation. 

Rising prices are leading to concern among retailers,” Johan Davidson, the trade body’s chief economist told TT. “The significant decline in profit expectations among supermarkets and groceries [dagligvaruhandeln, or, literally “daily goods trade”] is particularly noteworthy. Competition means that supermarkets and groceries find it difficult to raise prices to the same extent as suppliers’ prices rise.” 

Swedish Vocab: oro – concern/worry 

Patient jailed for threatening to decapitate doctor 

A man in Skåne has been jailed for three months after he threatened to decapitate a doctor if the doctor refused to sign him out of psychiatric care. 

The man was angry that the psychiatrist had placed him on sick leave, and in April 2021, telephoned his psychiatric care centre in Helsingborg and threatened to decapitate the responsible doctor if he was not signed out of outpatient psychiatric care. 

When this didn’t happen, he logged in to Sweden’s healthcare website and demanded to be signed out at 12pm that same day, threatening that if this didn’t happen he would “decapitate five doctors and stick their heads on a pole”. 

In court, the man denied that he had ever intended to carry out the threats. 

Swedish Vocab: att halshugga – to decapitate  

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TODAY IN SWEDEN

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

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