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

Emma Löfgren
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Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson congratulates his wife, newly-ordained priest Birgitta Kristersson Ed. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The Prime Minister's wife has got a new job, Swedish pensioners struggle with rising food prices, and gonorrhea infections are on the increase. Here's the latest news in Sweden.

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Swedish consulate sign calls Paludan an ‘idiot’

Around 250 people demonstrated outside the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul after far-right extremist Rasmus Paludan burned a copy of the Koran in front of Turkey’s embassy in Stockholm.

The AP news agency reports that a sign on a window of the Swedish Consulate read: “We do not share that book-burning idiot’s view.”

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It is not clear who wrote the sign, and the Swedish foreign ministry when approached by Swedish news agency TT declined to comment. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Saturday also condemned Paludan’s act, albeit in more formal language.

Swedish vocabulary: a sign – en skylt

Swedish PM’s wife becomes a priest

Birgitta Ed, the wife of the Swedish prime minister, was ordained a priest at Strängnäs Cathedral on Sunday.

Her husband Ulf Kristersson, as well as Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer and former Moderate leader Carl Bildt were among the guests present, reports TT.

Ed spent 25 years as a successful PR consultant, but decided to change her career in 2017. She holds a master’s degree in theology.

Unlike the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church of Sweden has allowed female priests since 1958. In 2020 the number of female priests outnumbered their male counterparts.

Swedish vocabulary: ordained – prästvigd

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Gonorrhea infections increase in post-pandemic Sweden

Gonorrhea infections increased in several regions across Sweden in 2022, reports TT.

In Skåne, southern Sweden, the number of infections increased 76 percent compared to 2021, with the majority of infections caused by heterosexual relations. The region says the increase cannot only be explained by the end of pandemic restrictions.

In Uppsala, central Sweden, the increase was 81 percent, rising the fastest among middle-aged men. This region links a lot of the new cases to increased travel after the pandemic, with the number of people getting infected abroad increasing by 300 percent.

Swedish vocabulary: an increase – en ökning

Swedish pensioners struggle amid rising food prices

Food prices have gone up 20 percent in the past year, according to an annual survey by Swedish pensioners’ organisation PRO. That’s in line with official calculations.

In PRO’s survey, which looked at the same items of food they looked at last year, the price of rapeseed oil went up by 45 percent and the price of Bregott (Sweden’s most popular brand of a mix of butter and margarine) went up by 42 percent.

“Many people contact us and are completely desperate. They say they go to the store but can’t afford to buy what they need. There are also some who get in touch and say that they can no longer afford to be part of PRO and go to PRO meetings, which for many are their only silver lining,” TT quotes PRO chair Åsa Lindestam as saying.

Swedish vocabulary: butter – smör

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