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Monday 24th January

UK to end ‘Day 2 test’ requirement for travellers from Europe

UK to end ‘Day 2 test’ requirement for travellers from Europe

The British government has announced the end of testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, including the post-arrival Day 2 tests that travellers from Europe have previously been forced to pay for.

Why Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’

Why Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’

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

Saturday 22nd January

Which Swedish banks still let foreign citizens apply for a BankID?
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Which Swedish banks still let foreign citizens apply for a BankID?

New rules mean that foreign citizens may no longer be able to apply for their first BankID online. And some banks have as a result blocked the service entirely for those who don't hold a Swedish passport or national ID. Here's what The Local has been told by banks.

Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

What’s it like to work as a foreign teacher at Swedish free school chain IES?
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What’s it like to work as a foreign teacher at Swedish free school chain IES?

Friday 21st January

What we know and don’t know about Sweden’s mystery drone sightings
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What we know and don’t know about Sweden’s mystery drone sightings

The Swedish police and security police are investigating reports of drones spotted flying over nuclear power plants, the Royal Palace, parliament and other government buildings. But what do we actually know about these incidents so far?

Sweden’s travel rules just changed again: A roundup of the new restrictions
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Sweden’s travel rules just changed again: A roundup of the new restrictions

NAKED SHOCK! And the other unique tabloid words you’ll see in Sweden

NAKED SHOCK! And the other unique tabloid words you’ll see in Sweden

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

Wednesday 19th January

What’s going on with Covid testing in Sweden?

What’s going on with Covid testing in Sweden?

With Omicron rates on the rise across Sweden, testing facilities are currently experiencing high levels of demand, leaving people in many regions waiting for days before they can book a test.

Foreign residents wrongly told to buy Covid tests before flying back to Sweden

Foreign residents wrongly told to buy Covid tests before flying back to Sweden

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

Tuesday 18th January

Sweden scraps negative Covid test for foreigners from some countries

Sweden scraps negative Covid test for foreigners from some countries

Less than four weeks after it was introduced, Sweden will later this week scrap the Covid test requirement for foreign visitors from some countries and bring back the vaccine pass rules that applied before the turn of the year.

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

Monday 17th January

Foreign citizens in Sweden blocked from BankID after several banks roll out new rules

Foreign citizens in Sweden blocked from BankID after several banks roll out new rules

Several readers have got in touch with The Local after their bank implemented new terms and conditions which make it harder for non-Swedish citizens to get a new mobile BankID.

Swedish security police investigate drone sightings at nuclear power plants

Swedish security police investigate drone sightings at nuclear power plants

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

Saturday 15th January

Sweden rolls out tanks on Baltic island over Russia tensions

Sweden rolls out tanks on Baltic island over Russia tensions

In an unusual move, Sweden deployed armoured combat vehicles and armed soldiers to patrol streets on the island of Gotland on Friday in response to increased "Russian activity" in the region, the military said.

How to use all your parental leave in Sweden before it expires
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How to use all your parental leave in Sweden before it expires

Friday 14th January

Swedish Prime Minister tests positive for Covid-19

Swedish Prime Minister tests positive for Covid-19

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has tested positive for Covid-19, the third party leader to get a positive test result after a cross-party meeting this week.

Sweden’s Eurovision trials cancel live tour amid rising Covid numbers

Sweden’s Eurovision trials cancel live tour amid rising Covid numbers

Fucke no more – Swedish settlement applies for name change

Fucke no more – Swedish settlement applies for name change

Strong winds across Sweden cause traffic chaos

Strong winds across Sweden cause traffic chaos

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

Thursday 13th January

The magic of snow-cleaning: How to wash your woollen clothes in Sweden
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The magic of snow-cleaning: How to wash your woollen clothes in Sweden

Thought snow was just for sledding, snowball fights, and cursing at while trudging through on your way to work? Think again. You can also use it to wash your clothes in the depths of the Swedish winter. Here’s how.

Two Swedish party leaders test positive for Covid-19

Two Swedish party leaders test positive for Covid-19

Swedish word of the day: slarva

Swedish word of the day: slarva

Today in Sweden: a roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Sweden: a roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Wednesday 12th January

The new Covid rules you need to follow in Sweden

The new Covid rules you need to follow in Sweden

A series of new Covid measures came into force in Sweden on December 12th. Here is The Local's guide on what you need to know.

Sweden cuts recommended waiting period for Covid booster

Sweden cuts recommended waiting period for Covid booster

Sweden pledges to compensate homeowners for record-high energy bills

Sweden pledges to compensate homeowners for record-high energy bills

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

Monday 10th January

Sweden rolls out new Covid restrictions to curb ‘record high’ infection rate

Sweden rolls out new Covid restrictions to curb ‘record high’ infection rate

Swedish restaurants will be forced to close at 11pm under a series of new Covid restrictions announced by the government on Monday.

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

Sunday 9th January

Ten secrets to making your life in Sweden a little bit better

Ten secrets to making your life in Sweden a little bit better

How do you make friends with Swedes and what's the best kind of cheese in the supermarket? A growing Twitter thread with advice about navigating life in Sweden is making the rounds on social media.

Cleaner working illegally in Sweden seized at PM’s home

Cleaner working illegally in Sweden seized at PM’s home

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

Swedish Crown Princess and Prince catch Covid-19 for the second time

‘Tasty but deadly’: Swedish lab eyes poisoned chalice in malaria fight

‘Tasty but deadly’: Swedish lab eyes poisoned chalice in malaria fight

Saturday 8th January

IN NUMBERS: Excess mortality in Sweden during pandemic now lower than most in Europe
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IN NUMBERS: Excess mortality in Sweden during pandemic now lower than most in Europe

Sweden this week reported the highest daily number of confirmed cases so far. But its rate of excess mortality during the pandemic is now less than most other countries in Europe.

Friday 7th January

Swedish doctor saves heart attack patient’s life with defibrillator drone

Swedish doctor saves heart attack patient’s life with defibrillator drone

A doctor used a defibrillator delivered by drone to resuscitate a 71-year-old man who had a heart attack in western Sweden.

Swedish word of the day: koja

Swedish word of the day: koja

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

Thursday 6th January

Swedish PM insists on right to set alliances in defiance of Russia

Swedish PM insists on right to set alliances in defiance of Russia

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has pushed back against Russia's demand that Nato rule out future eastward expansion, underlining her country's right to set its own alliances

ANALYSIS: Is Russia pushing Sweden towards Nato membership?
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ANALYSIS: Is Russia pushing Sweden towards Nato membership?

Swedish foreign minister in US to discuss Ukraine and Russia

Swedish foreign minister in US to discuss Ukraine and Russia

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

Tuesday 4th January

Sweden records highest number of daily Covid cases since start of pandemic

Sweden records highest number of daily Covid cases since start of pandemic

On December 30th, 11,507 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to the Public Health Agency – the highest confirmed number for a single day since the start of the pandemic. However, large-scale testing did not begin until the autumn of 2020.

King and Queen of Sweden test positive for Covid-19

King and Queen of Sweden test positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 vaccine bookings: Stockholm opens boosters for all adults

Covid-19 vaccine bookings: Stockholm opens boosters for all adults

Six-week wait for Swedish Covid vaccine passes by post

Six-week wait for Swedish Covid vaccine passes by post

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

Monday 3rd January

IN NUMBERS: Covid patients increase in Sweden over New Year’s period

IN NUMBERS: Covid patients increase in Sweden over New Year’s period

There are now more Covid-19 patients in Swedish hospitals than at any point since May last year.

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