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

the apartment block in hässelby, stockholm, sweden, where two children were found injured
Police have launched a murder investigation after one of two children who were found seriously injured in Stockholm died. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Why your real wage may decrease in 2021

Inflation is on the rise in Sweden, which means that real wages are expected to continue to start going down as we approach the end of the year, reports the TT news agency.

The CPIF (Consumer Price Index with fixed interest rate) hit a 3.1 percent inflation rate in October, according to Statistics Sweden.

TT writes that the real wage increase dropped to 0.5 percent in August, the lowest level in more than two years.

Swedish vocabulary: real wages – reallöner

Sweden third most ‘digital’ in EU – but there’s room for improvement

Sweden is the third most advanced digital economy in the European Union, the EU’s new Digital Economy and Society Index (Desi) shows. But it warned that in three years the country will have a shortage of tens of thousands of ICT specialists.

Sweden’s main strength lies in human capital, for which it ranked second in the EU, thanks to its high level of basic and above basic digital skills in the population. The report also looked at connectivity, integrating digital technologies and digital public services. Click HERE to read The Local’s full article about Sweden’s performance.

Swedish vocabulary: shortage – brist

Child dies after ‘fall from great height’ in Stockholm – two people arrested

Two people have been arrested after two children were found seriously injured next to an apartment building in Hässelby, a suburb north-west of Stockholm. On Monday morning, police confirmed that one child had died and the other had life-threatening injuries.

“Two adults with a close relationship to the children were arrested during the night, but I cannot confirm what the relationship between the adults and the children was,” a police control room officer told The Local on Monday. He would not confirm reports in the Expressen tabloid that the children were pushed from the window, but said they were investigating the incident as suspected murder.

Swedish vocabulary: confirm – bekräfta

Swedish hospitals not prepared for another pandemic

Swedish hospitals would not be ready to face another pandemic, reports public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio Ekot, citing a report by the Corona Commission.

All 29 infection clinics in Sweden told a survey that they had to carry a heavy load during the first stages of the coronavirus pandemic, including coping with pandemic plans that were not adapted to the situation, a shortage of protective equipment and cancelled surgeries due to there not being enough face masks.

Infection clinics told Ekot that the situation is under control today, but the report shows that there are still major shortcomings, for example a low number of hospital beds per capita.

Swedish vocabulary: a hospital – ett sjukhus


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