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

School attack trial, Turkish resistance, and Sweden to join Nato: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
The 16-year-old boy who carried out a stabbing attack at a school in Kristianstad in January goes on trial today. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Kristianstad school attacker goes on trial
The 16-year-old boy who injured a teacher and a pupil in a stabbing at a school in Kristianstad goes on trial today. The boy had packed four knives into his bag before coming to the school. 
According to the prosecution’s investigation, the 16-year-old started planning the attack a week before it happened on January 10th, and had been in contact with his friend, who had been found guilty of carrying out a similar attack at another school in Eslöv last year. 

The trial in Kristianstad will last five days. 

Swedish vocab: att skada – to injure 

Turkey ‘will not say yes’ to Nato membership for Sweden, Finland: Erdogan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday confirmed Turkey’s opposition to Nato membership for Finland and Sweden, again accusing them of failing to take a clear stance against terrorism. “We will not say ‘yes’ to those (countries) who apply sanctions to Turkey to join security organisation Nato,” Erdogan said.

Sweden has suspended any arms sales to Turkey since 2019 over Ankara’s military operation in neighbouring Syria. Referring to the Swedish and Finnish delegations’ intentions to meet with Turkish officials, Erdogan said: “They say they will come to Turkey on Monday. Will they come to persuade us? Excuse us, but they shouldn’t bother.”

Any membership bid must be unanimously approved by NATO’s 30 members. 

Swedish vocab: att bemöda sig – to bother oneself

Sweden to join Nato: ‘We are leaving one era and entering another”

Sweden on Monday officially announced it will apply for Nato membership as a deterrent against Russian aggression, entering a “new era” as it reverses two centuries of military non-alignment.

At a joint press conference held with Ulf Kristersson, leader of the opposition Moderate Party, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said joining the alliance would act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. 

“The government has decided to inform Nato that Sweden wants to become a member of the alliance,” she told reporters, a day after neighbouring Finland made a similar announcement.

“We are leaving one era and beginning another,” she said, adding that Sweden’s Nato ambassador would “shortly” inform Nato.

Ulf Kristersson, whose party has long supported membership of the alliance, said that he wanted to put party political differences aside to support the government in its decision.  

Swedish Vocab: att lämna en era – to leave one era 

Sweden’s Nato bid ‘no immediate threat to Russia’, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Sweden and Finland joining Nato represented “no immediate threat to Russia”, but that if Nato begins to site military infrastructure on their territories Russia would respond.

Speaking at a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, which groups Russia with Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Putin seemed to tone down the threats to Sweden and Finland which have come in recent days from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and from his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. 

“Russia has no problems with these states. There is no immediate threat to Russia,” he said at a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, which groups Russia with Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. “But the expansion of military infrastructure into this territory would certainly provoke our response.” 

Swedish vocab: ett omedelbart hot – an immediate threat 

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

Right-wing to shelve high-speed rail, record Swedish power exports, Nord Stream still leaking, and Swedish geneticist wins Nobel: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Four right-wing parties agreed on shelving high-speed rail plans

The four parties negotiating to form Sweden’s next right-wing government have agreed to abandon plans to build a high-speed rail link, Sweden’s state broadcaster SR has reported, citing a motion the parties have submitted to the outgoing Social Democrats inquiry on a “National Plan for Transport Infrastructure 2022-2033”. 

The parties argue that investment in high-speed rail “risks edging out other necessary investments” in infrastructure. 

Swedish vocab: höghastighetståg – high-speed rail 

Sweden’s net electricity exports hit record 7.3 billion kronor in August 

Sweden’s net exports of electricity hit a record level of 7.3 billion kronor (€670m) in August as power generators in the country took advantage of sky-high prices on the European market. 

Sweden exported 8.1 billion kronor of power, and imported only 0.8 billion kronor’s worth, adding to the 26.1 billion in net revenues earned by Swedish power producers in the first eight months of the year, more than three times what they earned from exports in the same period in 2021. 

“Of course, there are some companies making higher profits, but you can’t say that the energy industry, in general, is making higher profits,” said Åsa Pettersson, chief executive of Swedenergy.

Swedish vocab: en ny toppnotering – a new record 

Gas still leaking from Nord Stream 2: Swedish Coastguard

Sweden’s coastguard said on Monday it could no longer see any leaks from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in the Baltic Sea, but a smaller leak from Nord Stream 2 was still visible.

“The larger leak is now no longer visible on the surface while the smaller one instead has increased slightly,” the coastguard said in a statement.

The observations were made during an overflight on Monday at around 8am of the two pipelines suspected to have been damaged in an act of sabotage, it added.

“At that time, the smaller leak was approximately 30m in diameter,” the coast guard said.

A spokesman for the operator of the Nord Stream pipelines, Nord Stream AG, said on Saturday that the leaking from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline had stopped because an equilibrium had been reached between the gas and water pressure.

The Russian gas producer Gazprom, which owns 51 percent of the pipeline, said later on Monday that it was pumping gas out of the destroyed pipelines to reduce the pressure so that it could inspect them. 

Swedish vocab: förstörda  – destroyed 

Swedish geneticist wins Nobel Prize for Neanderthal gene research

The Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work sequencing the genome of Neanderthal man.

The Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet medical university announced on Monday that it was awarding the prize to Pääbo for his “discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution”.

“Through his pioneering research, Svante Pääbo accomplished something seemingly impossible: sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal, an extinct relative of present-day humans,” the Assembly, which awards the Nobel Prize wrote in a press release. “He also made the sensational discovery of a previously unknown hominin, Denisova.”

“I was extremely surprised,” Pääbo said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. “I thought it was a joke by my colleagues. But then it sounded a little bit too serious and it started to sink in.” 

Swedish vocab: överaskad – surprised