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

Government gives details of power subsidy, Sweden takes delivery of Archer air-defence system, Nato chief says 'Sweden has delivered', and Sweden's PM open to new energy agreement: find out what's going on in Sweden with The Local's roundup.

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Sweden took deliver of the last 48 Archer air defence systems from BAE Systems Bofors on Tuesday. Photo: TT

Sweden’s electricity price subsidy now postponed until February

Households and businesses will not receive any compensation for high power prices over the last year until February at the earliest, Swedish government ministers confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday morning, breaking a campaign promise to deliver the money “before Christmas”.

At the press conference, social insurance minister Anna Tenje said that payments would not begin until well into 2023. 

“The payments will begin in February if nothing unexpected happens,” she said. 

For businesses, the wait could be even longer. 

“The first step will be payments to households. The second stage will be payments to businesses, and that question is still being decided,” energy and business minister Ebba Busch said. 

Swedish vocab: högkostnadsskydd – high cost protection.  

Sweden takes delivery of much-debated Archer artillery system

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has received a delivery of 48 Archer air defence systems, completing the country’s latest order from BAE Bofors, the company that builds them. 

The systems have been the subject of much political debate in Sweden this year, after Ulf Kristersson, then-leader of the Moderate Party opposition, called it “pathetic” and “weak” that Sweden had not sent any of the Archer systems to Ukraine. 

However, when the new Moderate-led government took a decision on a new package of military support for Ukraine, it too decided not to send Archer systems, something former defence minister Peter Hultqvist said “shows the danger of pushing this type of issue in campaign-like situations.”

Swedish vocab: ynklig – pathetic

Nato chief: Finland and Sverige have delivered

Nato is increasing the pressure on Turkey and Hungary to accept Sweden and Finland as new Nato members, with the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declaring at a summit in Bucharest that Sweden and Finland had delivered on the tripartite agreement signed in June. 

“Sweden has, for example, changed its constitution. Sweden has strengthened and tightened its laws against terrorism.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Finland’s foreign ministry tweeted that “progress under the trilateral memorandum has been made”

Swedish vocab: framsteg – progress 

Sweden’s PM only ready for new energy deal if Social Democrats back nuclear

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has said that he is only willing to negotiate a new cross-party energy deal if the Social Democrats are willing to give clear and unambiguous backing to new nuclear power stations. 

“We are demanding an unambiguous position that we will keep the nuclear power stations that we have and that we will build new nuclear power stations,” Kristersson told TT. “What it says in the Tidö Agreement stands, and that is what we are going to deliver.” 

The Tidö Agreement is the title of the coalition agreement between the Sweden Democrats and the government.

“If they want to change position on nuclear power,” he said, “then I would absolutely want to develop a very long-term policy platform on wind power, nuclear power, hydropower, and perhaps even hydrogen energy and such like — I’d love to — but this must be built on an unambiguous position so we don’t end up stuck in this slanging match.” 

Swedish vocab: vätgasenergi – hydrogen energy

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

More than 5,000 people notified of layoffs in Sweden, Americans in Sweden warned of terror threat in wake of Koran burning, and the Swedish Migration Agency presents a new forecast for 2023. Here's the latest news.

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

More than 5,000 warned of layoffs in Sweden last month

A total of 5,328 people were affected by potential layoffs in Sweden in January, according to preliminary statistics by the Public Employment Service.

Swedish law states that employers in most cases have to first give employees and the service notice that there may be layoffs, so not all of those people will necessarily lose their jobs. Here’s a link to The Local’s guide to what happens if you lose your job in Sweden.

In January last year, the corresponding figure was just over 1,400 people, but it has been increasing every month since, writes Swedish news agency TT.

Swedish vocabulary: a notice (when notifying staff that they may be laid off, but they could still end up keeping their jobs or get a new job at the same company) – ett varsel

US citizens in Sweden warned of terror attack in wake of Koran burnings

In a new notice, the US embassy warns its citizens in Sweden of possible terrorist attacks in retaliation of recent Koran burning incidents in Europe.

In Sweden, a far-right extremist last month burned the Koran outside the Turkish embassy, causing Turkey to suspend Nato talks with Sweden and Finland, and causing outrage in many Muslim countries.

The notice advises US citizens to “use caution” in busy public venues, diplomatic facilities and gathering sites such as places of worship. Sweden has not changed its terror threat level, which remains at level three on a scale from one to five.

Swedish vocabulary: a terror threat level – en terrorhotnivå

Swedish Migration Agency’s new forecast for 2023

The Migration Agency estimates that 16,000 people will seek asylum in Sweden in 2023, and 15,000 Ukrainians will seek protection. However, it adds that the number of Ukrainian arrivals could vary from 8,000 to 100,000 depending on how the war develops.

It also believes that around 80,000 people will apply for Swedish citizenship this year, and that the agency will receive 60,000 work permit-related first-time applications (this also includes for example family members of work permit applicants and job hunters).

Swedish vocabulary: a refugee – en flykting

Cost of living: How food prices rose in Sweden in early 2023

The increase in food prices in January was 1.4 percent – one of the largest increases reported since food prices started rising almost a year ago, according to independent comparison site Matpriskollen.

In January, the price of groceries increased 1.3 percent on December, with the price of food specifically increasing by 1.4 percent. Food prices have now gone up 16.3 percent in the last 12 months. Read more in The Local’s article.

Swedish vocabulary: food prices – matpriser

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