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Flight prices from Sweden soar to record levels

If you think your flights abroad have become more expensive, you’re not wrong. The cost of an international flight from Sweden last month rose over 33 percent year-on-year.

Flight prices from Sweden soar to record levels
File photo of Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell/NTB

Flying abroad from Sweden was more expensive in April than it’s been in almost any other month since number crunchers Statistics Sweden began keeping records in 1993.

The cost of an international flight went up 33.2 percent.

“Only two months have had higher prices, July 2018 and July 2022,” Statistics Sweden analyst Caroline Neander said in a statement.

Rail travel was also at its most expensive in April, although its 4.2 percent increase was smaller than the overall rate of inflation, which stood at 10.5 percent last month.

Boat travel was up 19.1 percent and car rentals 3.4 percent.

Sweden has been battling soaring inflation in the past year, but after the rate in April decreased for the second month in a row analysts now predict the peak has been passed.

That doesn’t mean prices are likely to drop back to the levels seen at the beginning of last year any time soon, it just means that they will not go up as quickly as they have been doing – although April was also the first month since 2021 to see a drop in food prices in Sweden.

Sweden is not the only country that’s seeing higher airfares. After several years of no travel abroad, combined with the war in Ukraine causing fuel prices to skyrocket and the rise in the cost of living, flight prices in many countries are at the highest they’ve been for years.

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Swedish police launch investigation into Arlanda Express derailment

Police are treating the derailment of an Arlanda Express airport train last week as suspicious, investigating the event under the crimes "causing bodily injury" and "creating danger to another".

Swedish police launch investigation into Arlanda Express derailment

There were 67 people on board the train, which departed Stockholm Central station at 4.20am on May 27th, derailing 14 minutes later, injuring two people.

Public broadcaster SVT reports that there were known issues on the section of track where the train derailed, according to documents seen by its journalists.

A rail employee carrying out a routine inspection on the tracks two weeks prior to the incident wrote in a report on May 9th that they had discovered cracks in the junction where the derailment later occurred, SVT reports.

The police and the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (Haverikommissionen) have both launched investigations into the incident.

“There were passengers and staff on the train when it derailed,” detective sergeant and leader of the investigation Robert Björk told SVT. “Everyone who was on the train was at risk of being injured.”

Arlanda Express trains have been cancelled since the incident, with repairs expected to last until around June 3rd.