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Today in Sweden: a roundup of the latest news on Friday

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Today in Sweden: a roundup of the latest news on Friday
An explosion has occurred in the doorway of an apartment building in Helsingborg. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Trains cancelled due to strong winds

Strong winds across Sweden on Thursday night and Friday morning have caused cancellations and delays in train services, TT reports.

The train company Vy have cancelled all services between Kiruna-Narvik, as well as Östersund-Storlien until Friday morning. SJ have also cancelled services west of Östersund.

In southern Sweden, Trafikverket have cancelled services on many routes due to strong winds. These include services between Nässjö-Vetlanda, Ystad-Simrishamn and Kristianstad-Karlskrona starting at 4am on Friday morning.

Train services are expected to start up again at noon on Friday for some services, with others recommencing at 4am on Saturday.

P4 Väst reports that in western Sweden, services are not running between Uddevalla and Borås, as well as on the Bohus line. Ferry traffic is also affected.

Swedish vocabulary: kraftig blåst – strong winds

Explosion in doorway of apartment building in Helsingborg

An explosion has occurred in the doorway of an apartment building in Helsingborg.

“The area has been cordoned off and bomb control is on the scene,” police officer Peter Martin told TT newswire.

Police received a number of calls from witnesses who had heard a bang early on Friday morning.

There are six apartments in the building. No one has been injured and no one has been evacuated, say police.

“No one has been arrested and there are no suspects,” Martin told TT. “This is a relatively newly-built building and a relatively strong door, which means that it survived the blast quite well.”

Swedish vocabulary: en smäll – a bang

Omicron reawakens face mask debate

In many countries, residents are subject to some sort of requirement to wear a face mask. In Sweden, the only formal recommendation is to wear a face mask on public transport, if it is not possible to keep a distance.

A number of researchers – many of whom have been critical to the Public Health Agency’s handling of the pandemic in the past – describe the lack of stronger face mask requirements as “completely incomprehensible” in Expressen Debatt.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has responded to comments, stating that it is problematic to force people to use masks.

“If you want to see any sort of effect from this, you need very good compliance,” he told newswire TT. “Information is the key. We don’t have a system where we can force this to happen,” said Tegnell, pointing out the issues which could occur if authorities were to force use of masks by law:

“Who is going to make sure that rules are being followed, who is going to cover the costs, should you be able to turn people away, do we even have that sort of power? It’s very complicated to introduce a set of rules people are forced to follow and I think that is often underestimated. It’s completely different when things are done on a voluntary basis.”

Swedish vocabulary: obegripligt – incomprehensible

Member comments

  1. Instead of forcing people, The authorities should show people how the virus is spread and show the public benefits of wearing a mask in various situations instead of denying them. It is possible that people wil police themselves.

    1. This is good for ‘normal’ folk. Normal people will follow the rules, but there are idiots in every country.

  2. Same excuse on why we cannot implement wearing masks . Will we still be saying that when wave seven comes along it has been over a year now. Get the law passed and then use it if we have to . What happens if wave five is a superspreader and more deadly . Let’s be proactive instead or reactive for once.

  3. Such an easy thing to do, but the mixed messaging (in particular Tegnell) really does not help. I must say that I do see more mask wearing compared to last winter. But still not enough.

  4. And, the Tegnell stuff about how it would be enforced could equally be applied to seatbelts. People wear seatbelts because it is the law, not a mere recommendation.

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