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

SD white book, train delays, and Malmö defence meet: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
Defence minister Peter Hultqvist (centre) meets Denmark's defence minister Morten Bødskov (left) and Norway's defence minister Bjørn Arild Gram (right) in Malmö harbour. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Scandinavian defence ministers meet in Malmö 

The defence ministers of Sweden, Denmark and Norway med in Malmö on Monday, with four fighter planes from Sweden and Norway flying overhead to commemorate the moment. 

“It’s important that we mark our interest in the entrance to the Baltic,” said Peter Hulqvist, Sweden’s defence minister of the reason for the meeting, adding that Sweden intended to strengthen defence of the seaway with submarines. “We see it as extremely important to have control over this entry point.” 

He said that the three countries were in the middle of negotiating new agreements to further strengthen defence cooperation. 

Swedish vocab: samarbete – cooperation 

Researcher who wrote Sweden Democrat’s white book was party member
Tony Gustafsson, the Uppsala University historian hired to research and write the Sweden Democrats’ vitbok, or ‘white book’, an investigation into the party’s roots in the neo-Nazi and white power movements, became a member of the party in 2017, the Expressen newspaper has revealed. 
When the document was published last month, the Sweden Democrats described Gustafsson as independent of the party. 
Gustafsson told the newspaper that he “would not comment on my political position or background at all in relation to this project”. 
“I have chosen not to let my ideological commitments, political standpoints, or actual membership, be a part of the discussion.” 
Swedish vocab: ideologiska övertygelser – ideological commitments 

Moderate Leader Ulf Kristersson has refused to commit to giving the Liberals a place in any government formed under him after September’s election, in the first pre-election interviews on Swedish state radio broadcaster SR. 
“It’s clear that they [the Liberals] want to have a shift in power, a change in government, and we are agreed with the Liberals on big, important issues,” Kristersson said. “But it’s no secret that there is a discussion afoot in the Liberals as well on exactly how and with whom they can negotiate. So I think I will leave that question open.”  

In the interview, Kristersson also conceded that the Sweden Democrats, whose support he will need if he is to form a new government, have an “unpleasant”, and “terrible” history, but he said they had “matured” as a party. 

Swedish vocab: att mogna – to mature/ripen 

Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms

Train travel is still disrupted in some parts of Sweden following the storms which passed over the country during the weekend.

In Töreboda, Western Götland, repair work is still ongoing after a roof blown away in the storms pulled down an overhead line, leading to delays of between 15 to 20 minutes on the Gothenburg to Stockholm line, as well as delaying local train lines in the area.
One of the three tracks on the route has been open since Sunday night.
Swedish vocab: förseningar – delays

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

Explosion in Solna, deadly shooting record broken and autumnal equinox. Here's Sweden's news on Friday.

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

Apartments evacuated after explosion in Solna

A major explosion occured in Huvudsta in Solna, just north of Stockholm, late on Thursday night. Residents of the affected apartment block have been evacuated.

No one has been arrested after the incident which is being investigated as grov allmänfarlig ödeläggelse (grave devastation endangering the public).

The explosion occured in or next to an apartment block, damaging the stairwell and some windows, police press spokesperson Daniel Wikdahl told newswire TT.

The blast was heard over large parts of Solna and in some areas of Stockholm. Rescue services were still on-site early on Friday morning, but residents were not yet able to access their apartments.

There are no known injuries and police are unsure as to whether the explosion was targeting a specific apartment or whether it is related to gang violence.

Swedish vocabulary: flerfamiljshus – apartment block (literally, “multiple family house”)

Autumnal equinox arrives: ‘Days the same length worldwide’

The autumnal equinox – the time between the summer and winter solstice where day and night are the same length worldwide – took place this morning at 03:03am.

From now on, the nights will be longer than days in Sweden.

“Darkness is drawing in and it might be time to get your cosy lighting out,” SVT’s meteorologist Marcus Sjöstedt told the public broadcaster.

The onset of autumn can also be seen in the weather, where Sjöstedt predicts more cloudy skies this weekend with some rain showers.

“Next week we can expect some more unstable weather with rain and clouds at times. High pressure is conspicuously absent, as is the warmth,” he said.

Despite the weather, Sjöstedt is still positive.

“It’s quite nice that the days are equally as long across the whole world. That still gives you a certain feeling of solidarity.”

Swedish vocabulary: höstdagjämningen – autumnal equinox. (Bonus vocabulary: mysbelysning – cosy lighting)

Sweden breaks yearly record for deadly shootings

A man in his twenties was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night.

He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record set in 2020 has been overtaken, despite it only being September.

The alarm was raised at 11pm om Thursday, where police were informed of a shooting in the north of the city.

“Then there were a number of calls concerning gunfire, but also about an injured person on Göingegatan,” Evelina Olsson, police press spokesperson in the southern police district, told TT during the night.

He was transferred to hospital in an ambulance but his life could not be saved.

“We know who he is now and his family has been notified,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT. “We can’t say more than that he is in his twenties and that we currently have no suspects.”

Kristianstad has been affected by multiple shootings – as recently as this weekend, a man in his 30s was found with bullet injuries in the same area of the city.

Swedish vocabulary: skjutningar – shootings