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

Today in Sweden: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell presenting new changes to Sweden's pandemic restrictions. Photo: Erik Simander/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Fewer jobless people in Sweden this summer

The number of people registered as unemployed with Sweden’s job centre Arbetsförmedlingen fell by just over 58,000 people between June last year and this year, or in other words a decrease of 1.1 percentage units to 7.9 percent. A total of 407,999 people are now unemployed.

But the figure varies depending on several factors. The unemployment rate among foreign-born people was 19 percent at the end of June, according to Arbetsförmedlingen, compared to 4.5 percent among Sweden-born job seekers – although they’ve both fallen and the gap has decreased slightly (the corresponding figures were 21.2 and 5.5 percent in June last year).

Women’s unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, compared to 8 percent among men. In the 18-24 age group the gap is bigger: 8.6 percent and 12.4 percent, respectively.

Swedish vocabulary: unemployment – arbetslöshet

Don’t leave your dog in a parked car

Swedish kennel club SKK has warned people not to leave their dogs in the car when it’s warm outside, after several incidents were reported across Sweden in recent weeks.

According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s legally binding regulations, you may not leave an animal unattended in a car if the temperature inside the vehicle could exceed 25C or drop to below -5C.

Twenty to fifty minutes in a hot car is enough to give a dog fatal injuries, and according to SKK’s measurements the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to above 50C on an average warm summer’s day, even in Sweden.

Swedish vocabulary: dog – hund

A car can quickly get too hot for a dog, even in Sweden. Photo: Jon Eeg/NTB scanpix/TT

Sweden to go ahead with Covid-19 rules relaxation this week

Sweden will lift some of its existing Covid-19 rules from July 15th as planned, with authorities saying the development of the pandemic was going in the “right direction” – but warning of the need to follow the restrictions still in place.

That means, among other things, that long-distance buses and trains will be allowed to run at full capacity and limits on people per square metres in indoor and outdoor areas such as shops and gyms will be removed. Municipalities will also have their power to issue bans on visiting public spaces removed; previously local councils were allowed to do this in parks or bathing areas when there was a risk of crowding.

National recommendations to work from home if possible, keep a distance from others in public, and stay at home if experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, all remain in place. There is also no change to the limits on audiences allowed at public events, or the rules for restaurants and bars, both of which are set to be revised further in September.

The Local yesterday reported on the changes – read our article HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: change – förändring

Sweden tightens coronavirus testing guidelines for returning travellers

Anyone who returns to Sweden after travelling abroad – with a few exceptions, including travel from the Nordics and your vaccination status – should get tested for coronavirus infection after arrival, even if they don’t have symptoms.

This recommendation also applies to Swedish citizens and residents, and will apply until at least August 31st, due to the increase of the infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus in popular tourist destinations in Europe and other parts of the world.

There are some exceptions, however, and some travellers may have to follow stricter guidelines. You can read more about the full guidelines in The Local’s article HERE.

Swedish vocabulary: travel – resa

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