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

Nato meet, free fritidshem, prescriptions probe, and Black Week sales surge at auction site: 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 Tradera online auction site saw sales rise 10 percent during Black Week. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Swedish and Turkish foreign ministers to meet to discuss Nato

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that he would meet with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts to discuss their bid to join Nato on the margins of the alliance’s meeting in Bucharest on Tuesday, although no breakthrough is expected. 

“We will come together with Swedish and Finnish foreign ministers tomorrow in Bucharest under a trilateral format,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the private NTV broadcaster.

Ankara has accused the two Nordic nations of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish militants it deems “terrorists” and held back on ratifying their Nato membership despite an agreement in June.

“The process is progressing positively, but there are still steps to be taken,” Cavusoglu said. “In fact, Sweden is the country that needs to take more steps.”

Swedish vocab: ett genombrott – a breakthrough

Government investigation calls for free after-school care for 6-9 year-olds 

A government inquiry launched by the last government has called for all children between the ages of 6 and 9 to get free access to fritidshem, Sweden’s system of after-school care and activities. 

“If you carried out this reform then after-school care would be available for those children who perhaps have the greatest need of it,” the investigator Kerstin Andersson said. 

In most municipalities in Sweden, only children whose parents are working are given places in fritids, meaning the number of children signed up is much lower in areas with high unemployment. 

Swedish vocab: fritidshem – after-school activities

Sweden’s National Audit Office to probe prescriptions 

Sweden’s National Audit Office has launched an investigation into the 31 billion kronor a year in subsidies that Sweden’s government spends on the medical prescriptions used by as many as 7 million people a year. 

“It is essential for patient safety and the right use of the subsidy for prescribed medicines that the right medicines are prescribed to the right people,” the office’s auditor Helena Lindberg said in a press statement. 

The audit office said it there were signs that the government and regional health authorities were struggling to keep control of prescriptions. 

Swedish vocab: förskrivningen – prescriptions

Sales at Tradera rise by 10 percent in ‘Black Week’ 

Sales at Sweden’s online auction site Tradera rose by 10 percent during the ‘Black Week’ sales in Sweden, with the site registering its highest ever sales on Sunday November 27th. 

“Second-hand shopping usually benefits in worse times, because people are more careful with their money, but today environmental consciousness is also a lot bigger, which suggests second hand shopping will see strong growth,” said Sofia Hagelin, the company’s press chief. 

Swedish vocab: Begagnathandeln – second-hand shopping 

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

Crime in Sweden reaches 'never-before-seen' levels, support grows for Social Democrats, and Stockholm's public transport operator fined over body cameras. Here's the latest news.

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

Crime in Sweden at ‘never-before-seen levels’

Crime in Sweden is “exceptional” and has reached a level that’s “never been seen before”, writes national police chief Anders Thornberg in a joint opinion piece with other senior police officials, published in daily newspaper DN on Monday morning.

They argue that the nature of crime has become more complex.

“Plaintiffs, witnesses and perpetrators who previously spoke to police and testified in court now almost never provide any information. This makes investigations significantly more difficult. Successful prosecution often requires other, hard-to-find evidence,” they write, calling for more staff, increased cooperation between Swedish authorities and legislation that would give police more effective tools at their disposal.

In the latest episode of The Local’s Sweden in Focus podcast, we speak with award-winning crime reporter Diamant Salihu about why fatal shootings reached record levels last year. You can listen to the episode on our podcast page. Or you can find it here:

Swedish vocabulary: police – polis

Teenage boy held on suspicion of murder

A 15-year-old boy has been detained on suspicion of shooting another teenage boy to death at a restaurant in Skogås, south of Stockholm, at the end of January. Three boys, aged between 15 and 17, are now under investigation in connection with the shooting.

The 15-year-old boy’s lawyer said he denied the allegations.

There has been a series of shootings and explosions in the Stockholm area since Christmas Day, when a gang criminal was shot dead in the suburb of Rinkeby. Police have confirmed that several of the incidents are linked, but there is not yet any evidence of links between them and the Skogås shooting, the prosecutor told the TT newswire.

Swedish vocabulary: detained – häktad

New poll shows rising support for Social Democrats

The centre-left Social Democrats, who have been in opposition since Sweden’s September election, soar to 36.7 percent in a new poll-of-polls by Kantar Sifo on behalf of public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio Ekot. They got 30.33 percent in the election.

Together with its left-wing allies the party gets 54.0 percent, almost ten percentage points more than the ruling Moderates and its allies. The Moderates themselves climb to 18.8 percent, overtaking the far-right Sweden Democrats who drop to 18.0 percent.

The CEO of Kantar Sifo told Ekot that much of the public debate is currently focused on the economy, an area where the Social Democrats usually enjoy strong confidence.

Swedish vocabulary: support – stöd

Stockholm public transport operator fined over body cameras

Stockholm’s local public transport operator SL will have to cough up eight million kronor in fines over how the company’s ticket inspectors used their body cameras.

According to the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection, the cameras recorded too long periods of time and were used to identify fare dodgers, in violation of the rules. It originally fined SL 16 million kronor but the appeals court lowered the sum, writes DN.

SL after the initial fine in 2021 changed their cameras recording time to no more than 15 seconds, and started taking still images rather than filming travellers without a ticket.

Swedish vocabulary: a fare dodger – en tjuvåkare / en plankare

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