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

Emporia shooting, Somali Social Democrat resigns, Left Party reports other parties, and house prices: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Police closed the Emporia shopping centre after the shooting last month. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Stockholm flat prices rise in August

Housing prices in Stockholm rose 3.2 percent in August following months of steady falls, according to Danske Bank’s housing indicator, which tracks the price of cooperative apartments (bostadsrätterna) in Stockholm municipality. Adjusted for seasonal factors, prices rose 2.7 percent.

The rise follows six months in which prices sunk by 6.6 percent, and according to the bank, will most likely be a blip, with prices set to continue falling over the rest of the year. 

“Extremely rapid and hefty rates rises from the Riksbank in autumn, crazy high electricity prices, and severely depleted buying power for households creates a poisonous cocktail of negative factors for housing prices that you can’t ignore. Only a miracle can alter the outlook,” said the bank’s chief economist Michael Grahn. 

Swedish vocab: en giftig cocktail – a poisonous cocktail 

40-year-old held over Emporia shopping mall shooting 

A 40-year-old man has been placed in pre-trial custody on suspicion of aiding a 15-year-old youth in the murder of a 31-year-old man in Malmö’s Emporia shopping centre. 

The prosecutor in the case Michelle Stein, told a court that the 40-year-old should be held on suspicion of murder, but the court changed this to accessory to a murder.

Swedish vocab: medhjälp till mord – accessory to murder 

Left Party calls for probe into political donations

Sweden’s Left Party has reported five of the country’s eight parliamentary parties to be investigated after a television documentary revealed their willingness to bypass party financing rules.

The party has reported the Moderate Party, the Social Democrats, the Sweden Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party to Sweden’s Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency, or Kammarkollegiet, one of the responsibilities of which is overseeing campaign financing.

“We want to have all the cards on the table,” the Left Party’s leader, Nooshi Dadgostar, said. “It’s important that we get clarity over exactly which businesses have given money to the various parties, and what decisions have been taken as a result of them, so that voters can know.”

The Kalla Fakta investigative program on TV4 revealed last month that all five parties were willing to find ways to get around a law intended to prevent parties from taking large anonymous donations, recommending a variety of strategies to two businessmen who approached them while secretly working for the program.

Swedish vocab: att anmäla – to report

Social Democrat leaves party over Swedish PM’s ‘Somalitown’ comments

A local Social Democrat politician in Gothenburg has left the party in protest against prime minister Magdalena Andersson’s comments, where she said that Sweden should not have any “Somalitowns”.

Saida Hussein Moge, a Social Democrat municipal politician in Gothenburg, wrote in a statement on Facebook that she was leaving the party and pulling out of the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.

“The Social Democrats no longer stand for the values and principles I believe in,” she said, adding that the party has “become a more xenophobic party”.

In an interview with Dagens Nyheter about segregation, Andersson said that she “does not want Chinatowns in Sweden, we do not want Somalitown or Little Italy, we should live together with the different experiences we have.”

Hussein Moge, herself a Swedish Somali from Biskopsgården in Gothenburg, described Andersson’s comments as “words which fan the flames of racism, hate and exclusion, contributing to increased segregation instead of integration.”

“Swedish Somalis like us are already an excluded group in society,” she said. “I have already seen how these statements create racism and contribute to hate against us.”

Swedish vocab: främlingsfientligt – xenophobic 

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

Right-wing parties back Norlén, gangs 'recruited children over summer', passport queues, and Södermalm explosion: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

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

Right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they have agreed to vote on Monday to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place. They have also agreed that the Sweden Democrats will hold eight out of the 16 chairmanships the bloc has of parliamentary committees. 

In a joint press release, the parties said that Norlén had under the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson, who said that Norlén had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

Under the agreement, the right-wing parties have also nominated Julia Kronlid as the second deputy Speaker, a decision that was opposed by the Left Party, who accused Kronlid of wanting to tighten abortion laws.  

Swedish vocab: erforderlig – required/necessary

Police fear more children recruited to gangs over summer 

Police have warned that gangs in Sweden have been recruiting school children when they are free during the summer months, with officers fearing that these children will then be put to use in their networks in the autumn. 

“I am extremely worried that this is going to continue,” said Carin Götblad, senior police at the Swedish police’s National Operative Division NOA. 

Swedish vocab: oro – worry 

Pandemic effect means a two-month wait for a passport in Sweden 

It is still taking at least two months to renew a passport in Sweden, with police hoping to get waiting times down to normal by December. 

According to Per Engström, the police officer brought in to lead the police’s crisis response to the situation, the police had so far offered three million passport application visits, compared to two million in a normal year. 

He said that in future, the passport office would send sms reminders to people whose passes are about to expire to avoid such a rush in the months leading up to the summer. 

Most regions can now offer passport application appointments without unusual delays, with the exception of Eastern Sweden and Bergslagen, where there are no appointments for seven to eight weeks. What is causing the delay elsewhere is the time taken to print and deliver the documents. 

Swedish vocab: väntetider – waiting times

Major explosion in Södermalm, Stockholm, on Friday night 

Many of the 20 people evacuated after an explosion in an apartment building in the trendy Stockholm district of Södermalm were allowed to return home on Sunday. 

The explosion took place in the stairwell of the building, and one person has been taken in to be interviewed by police and then released. There is currently no suspect for the blast. 

Police are considering whether the attack is connected to another which took place in Huvudsta in Solna on Thursday evening. 

Swedish vocab: en koppling – a connection