Fixed machine ‘will cut wait time for Swedish passports’

The broken passport printing machine which has contributed to the long wait time for Swedish passports has been fixed, meaning the situation should start to improve in July.

Fixed machine 'will cut wait time for Swedish passports'
Swedish passports. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

According to Per Engström, the police officer appointed to deal with Sweden’s passport crisis, the wait to receive passports should start to shrink from July now that the machine, based in Finland, is back in operation.

“We now have a backlog with waiting times of up to 30 days, and we are not going to see any change when it comes to the times in June, but hopefully we will see an improvement in July,” she said. 

Engström recommends that those seeking to travel within Europe instead renew their national ID cards, which work as travel documents in the EU; EES and Schengen countries, as these take only about five days to make. 

READ ALSO: What’s behind the long wait to renew Swedish passports?

Those seeking new or replacement passports in Sweden have been facing enormous delays, with passport appointment times not available for some 22 weeks, according to a police press release from last month. 

According to the Swedish police, once a passport application has been completed, it now takes an average of 5-6 weeks for the passport to be delivered.  

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Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms

Train travel is still disrupted in some parts of Sweden following the storms which passed over the country during the weekend.

Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms
In Töreboda, Western Götland, repair work is still ongoing after a roof blown away in the storms pulled down an overhead line, leading to delays of between 15 to 20 minutes on the Gothenburg to Stockholm line, as well as delaying local train lines in the area.
One of the three tracks on the route has been open since Sunday night.
“But one stretch of track is running on reduced speeds of 70 kilometres an hour to protect those working nearby,” said Emanuel Alvarez, press information officer at the Swedish Transport Administration.
All tracks are expected to be back in use early on Wednesday morning.