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Last updated: 6 8 2019

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News from Radio Sweden

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This is the latest news from Radio Sweden. We have used the Swedish newsfeed if your language is not availa​ble.

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Pharmacies roll out covid-19 antibody tests across Sweden

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:58:00 GMT+2

Several pharmacy chains in Sweden are now offering covid-19 antibody tests, and they are in high demand, according to Tobias Perdahl, deputy CEO of online healthcare service Doktor 24.

Improvement in Sweden's corona pandemic bankruptcy predictions

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:08:00 GMT+2

The number of Swedish companies who expect to go into bankruptcy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is decreasing, according to a new survey carried out by the National Institute of Economic Research, NIER.

Healthcare staff at risk of mental health issues due to pandemic

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 11:39:00 GMT+2

Research shows that healthcare staff could be at a high risk of mental health problems caused by the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, and accounts Swedish Radio heard from hospitals suggest workers are beginning to feel worse.

Flu vaccine shortage feared in wake of corona pandemic

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:04:00 GMT+2

It's feared that a surge in demand for flu vaccines caused by the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a shortage of the jabs in Sweden.

Swedish protest over George Floyd's death to take place online

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:55:00 GMT+2

Demonstrations have spread across the globe following the death of a black man in the United States after a white police officer knelt on his neck. On Tuesday, Sweden will host its own.

Rare bird in historic visit to Sweden

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:17:00 GMT+2

A rare bird that has only been sighted twice before in Europe turned up in western Sweden on Sunday, causing great excitement among ornithologists nationwide.

Employment law review stirs controversy

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:15:00 GMT+2

A highly anticipated review of the Employment Protection Act was presented to the government on Monday afternoon. It includes proposals for new rules around hiring and firing, but Employment Minister Eva Nordmark told Swedish Radio she is not satisfied with the suggested reforms.

Early coronavirus cases likely came to Sweden from UK and USA: Public Health Agency

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:26:00 GMT+2

New genetic analysis of early corona cases in Sweden suggests that the virus could have come to the country from the UK and USA, Swedish Radio News reports.

Notes providing insight into public health agency corona strategy kept secret from mid-March

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:55:00 GMT+2

Each week county medical officers specialising in infectious disease control from across Sweden hold a telephone meeting with the public health agency. Important work on Sweden's coronavirus strategy is discussed in the forum.

Palme murder investigation to end by July

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:27:00 GMT+2

The long-running mystery over who killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in the Eighties may soon have an answer.

Universities, high schools to reopen classrooms this autumn

Fri, 29 May 2020 14:23:00 GMT+2

The government said classrooms in upper secondary schools, universities and adult education programs can reopen their doors this autumn after switching over to remote learning in mid-March.

Care deaths criticised in parliament as government rating drops

Fri, 29 May 2020 13:07:00 GMT+2

The government was heavily criticised today in a parliamentary debate Friday for failing to protect the elderly.

Draft law would let municipalities close eateries violating health rules

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:29:00 GMT+2

A draft law would give local governments the power to shut down restaurants and bars caught not following physical distancing rules, rather than having to go via county medical officers.

Coronavirus: Swedish top flight football to kick-off June 14th

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:26:00 GMT+2

After weeks of uncertainty and delays, Sweden's top flight football season was on Friday given the green light by authorities to begin on June 14th behind closed doors.

Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre brings performances to care homes for the elderly

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:12:00 GMT+2

With a ban on public gatherings of over 50 people putting their usual business on hold, Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre has seized the opportunity to make a difference for the section of society hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Center party calls for changes to government's Covid-19 strategy

Fri, 29 May 2020 12:29:00 GMT+2

The Center Party proposed a 5-point plan to alter the government's response to COVID-19, calling for more testing and infection tracing.

Some care home staff too scared to work due to covid-19

Fri, 29 May 2020 06:16:00 GMT+2

Some people working in care homes in Stockholm have been so worried about working during the coronavirus pandemic that they have called in sick or cancelled their shifts, say managers at over 40 such care homes.

3.5 percent of Stockholmers predicted to now have symptomatic Covid-19, app researchers say

Thu, 28 May 2020 14:00:00 GMT+2

Around 160,000 people in Sweden have downloaded Lund University's COVID symptom reporting app which aims to help track the virus in real time.

Politicians say they didn't realise they were scrapping PPE stocks

Fri, 29 May 2020 10:23:00 GMT+2

Local politicians who scrapped stocks of protective equipment in updated regional pandemic plans now say they didn't realise what they were voting for, Swedish Radio News reports.

Government said Sweden was well-prepared despite flaws in readiness

Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:00 GMT+2

An investigation by Swedish Radio News shows that the government described Sweden's readiness to deal with the coronavirus back at the beginning of the pandemic as "good", despite signals of equipment shortages and a lack of expertise to deal with a pandemic.