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Wildfires put climate on the agenda in Swedish election

One of the forest fires in Älvdalen this summer. Photo: Adam Wrafter/SvD/TT

Published: 09.Aug.2018 16:47 hrs

Sweden's record heatwave of wildfires and drought have caused the environment to become the second most important issue after immigration before the September 9th general election, according to a new poll.

The heatwave and drought triggered dozens of wildfires, from the south up to the Arctic Circle as the country registered the hottest month of July in two centuries, with temperatures hovering around 30C.

The Nordic nation, where summer temperatures are usually closer to 23C, is not equipped to deal witht his kind of natural catastrophe and asked for help from Italy, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland and France.

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