A voice for newcomers in Sweden

The impact of Sweden's summer heatwave is visible from space

Gotland seen from above in 2017 (L) and 2018. Photo: Rymdstyrelsen/Google/Esa

Published: 10.Aug.2018 08:26 hrs

A prolonged summer heatwave has had a serious impact on Sweden, from forest fires raging above the Arctic circle last month to farmers running out of food for their livestock. The impact of the drought is even visible from space, images from the National Space Agency show.

July 2018 was the warmest on record, and over the past three months there has been little rain across large parts of the country. The government last week announced 1.2 billion kronor ($137 million) in aid to help farmers hit hard by the drought.

The extreme impact of the warm, dry summer has pushed climate issues up to the second most important issue for voters in Sweden's September election, one survey said.

Read full article on The Local

More Stories

Anas Awad with his "Swedish family" told his story to The Local Voices

Sharing the best of The Local Voices

We told a lot of great stories in 2016. Did you get to read and share them all? READ
Swedes are not a people prone to big reactions. But once in a while you may hear a mildly surprised Swede step out of their shell and exclaim '... nämen!' READ
Ericsson's better-than-expected third quarter earnings sent shares shooting up by five percent in early trading. READ
A controversial assault ruling that sparked debate in Sweden about its legal system looks set to be thrown out by the appeals court, which is still deliberating the man's sentence. READ
Photo: Erik Gerhardsson

'History will record how everyone reacted to the Syrian tragedy'

Erik, a 21-year-old Swedish volunteer, reflects on his experience helping refugees in Sweden and abroad. READ
Skåne authorities are puzzling over the thousands of mysterious white balls which have washed up along the south coast since Tuesday, with one theory linking them to a nearby nuclear power plant. READ
Lisbet Palme, the widow of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme whose murder more than 30 years ago has never been solved, has passed away. READ
Nine people had to be decontaminated after coming into contact with the powder. READ

This Iranian teaches Swedish online to 10,000 followers

"I’m exporting Swedish to my homeland." READ