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Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country
State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell
In Depth

Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country

Region declares ‘personal lockdown’ as patients in ICU hits new high
14 Apr 2021
Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll
Stockholm
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Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll

Vetoes follow a string of anti-mask statements by nation’s top officials
11 Feb 2021
Is Sweden on the verge of a coronavirus U-turn?
A passenger wearing a face mask on a subway train in Stockholm
In Focus

Is Sweden on the verge of a coronavirus U-turn?

Stockholm passes lockdown law as infection and death rates continue to outstrip those of Nordic neighbours
8 Jan 2021
‘I believe we have failed’ on Covid, says Swedish king
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gives a speech at the opening of the exhibition.
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‘I believe we have failed’ on Covid, says Swedish king

Sweden has recorded almost 8,000 Covid deaths - a far greater tally those those of Scandinavian neighbours
18 Dec 2020
Will vaccines end Sweden’s Covid experiment?
Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell speaks during a news conference
In Brief

Will vaccines end Sweden’s Covid experiment?

Herd immunity will require fewer sacrifices if it can be achieved with an effective vaccination programme
20 Nov 2020
Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 October
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Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 October

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23 Oct 2020
Coronavirus: should the UK have trusted its expert’s advice?
Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty leave a Downing Street press briefing
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Coronavirus: should the UK have trusted its expert’s advice?

Germany and Sweden followed their scientists to the letter - with very different outcomes
14 Oct 2020

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Instant Opinion: Sweden’s Covid plan ‘a lesson for Britain’
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Instant Opinion: Sweden’s Covid plan ‘a lesson for Britain’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 28 September
28 Sep 2020
Ireland should allow ‘controlled Covid spread’, expert says
Dublin coronavirus
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Ireland should allow ‘controlled Covid spread’, expert says

Nordic nation’s ex-chief epidemiologist to warn against holding out for Covid vaccine
23 Sep 2020
Sweden claims ‘vindication’ over anti-lockdown policy
The Swedish flag is pictured on April 4, 2020 in Stockholm during the the new coronavirus COVID-19 pamdemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty I
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Sweden claims ‘vindication’ over anti-lockdown policy

Rate of positive tests has fallen from 19% at peak of pandemic to just 1.3%
10 Sep 2020
Copy Sweden’s coronavirus response, says WHO special envoy
Dr David Nabarro of the World Health Organization
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Copy Sweden’s coronavirus response, says WHO special envoy

Expert calls for controversial Swedish response to Covid-19 to be adopted elsewhere - including New Zealand
1 Sep 2020
Swedish government splits from experts over herd immunity
Anders Tegnell
In Brief

Swedish government splits from experts over herd immunity

Government figures based on a ‘completely unproven assumption’, experts claim
24 Jul 2020
Russia insists no nuclear plant leak as radiation spikes
Chernobyl
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Russia insists no nuclear plant leak as radiation spikes

Authorities insists no leakages or faults detected following rise in radioactivity levels across northern Europe
29 Jun 2020
Behind the 80s assassination of Sweden’s prime minister
olof Palme
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Behind the 80s assassination of Sweden’s prime minister

Prosecutors claim they have caught the killer in 34-year-old cold case
11 Jun 2020
Swedes turn on government over relaxed coronavirus response
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist
In Brief

Swedes turn on government over relaxed coronavirus response

Opposition leaders abandon show of unity as public opinion swings
11 Jun 2020
Sweden ‘admits to flaws’ in relaxed pandemic response
Sweden
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Sweden ‘admits to flaws’ in relaxed pandemic response

Leading epidemiologist says too many Swedes have died following decision not to lock down
3 Jun 2020
Norway claims coronavirus lockdown was not needed
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Norway claims coronavirus lockdown was not needed

Top official urges government to avoid heavy-handed measures if second wave of Covid-19 hits
28 May 2020
Quiz of The Week: 16 - 22 May
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Quiz of The Week: 16 - 22 May

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22 May 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘Lockdowns could have been for nothing’
Sweden
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Instant Opinion: ‘Lockdowns could have been for nothing’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 27 April
27 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: Earth Day 50 years on
Climate change protestors in Berlin
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Instant Opinion: Earth Day 50 years on

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 22 April
22 Apr 2020
Chill out on holiday at these three ice hotels
Hotel de Glace
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Chill out on holiday at these three ice hotels

Ice hotels are some of the coolest places to spend the winter
17 Feb 2020
Who killed Flamur Beqiri?
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Who killed Flamur Beqiri?

Swede shot dead in front of wife and child outside London home on Christmas Eve
22 Jan 2020
Sweden’s negative interest rate experiment ends
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Sweden’s negative interest rate experiment ends

World’s oldest central bank ends hikes key rate back to zero amid growing concerns harmful side effects outweigh benefits
20 Dec 2019
Edible Sweden: a foodie guide to the west coast
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In Review

Edible Sweden: a foodie guide to the west coast

17 Sep 2019
Eat Sweden: a journey through the ‘edible country’
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Eat Sweden: a journey through the ‘edible country’

17 Jan 2019
Young girl pulls pre-Viking era sword out of Swedish lake
Swedish sword
In Depth

Young girl pulls pre-Viking era sword out of Swedish lake

Locals have dubbed Saga Vancek the new ‘Queen of Sweden’
5 Oct 2018
What now for Sweden after PM ousted?
Outgoing Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
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What now for Sweden after PM ousted?

Following hung parliament, parties must decide whether to prioritise principles or power
26 Sep 2018
Hostel dispute turns diplomatic row between China and Sweden
China Sweden hostel
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Hostel dispute turns diplomatic row between China and Sweden

Beijing demands an apology over ‘brutal abuse’ of three Chinese tourists by police in Stockholm
17 Sep 2018
Swedish election results in deadlock

Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akkeson says result is victory for far-right party
In Brief

Swedish election results in deadlock

Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats poised to play a role in new government
10 Sep 2018
Sweden Democrats threaten far-right surge
Jimmie Akesson, leader of the Sweden Democrats, campaigns in Sundsvall, Sweden
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Sweden Democrats threaten far-right surge

Former neo-Nazi party on course to be kingmakers amid fears of outside influence fuelled by Twitter bots
6 Sep 2018
Who stole the Swedish crown jewels?
Strängnäs Cathedral where the crown jewels were being held
In Brief

Who stole the Swedish crown jewels?

Hollywood heist prompts Europe-wide manhunt, but robbers could struggle to sell stolen artefacts
2 Aug 2018
Swedish plane protest prevents Afghan deportation
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Swedish plane protest prevents Afghan deportation

Live stream of Elin Ersson's dramatic protest shows how she stands her ground against fellow passengers
25 Jul 2018
World Cup group F: Germany out as Sweden and Mexico progress
World Cup group F guide Germany Mexico Sweden Korea Republic
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World Cup group F: Germany out as Sweden and Mexico progress

Group F final standings and results
27 Jun 2018
Why the far-right is surging in Sweden
Police blocks anti-neo-nazi protesters in Stockholm last year
In Brief

Why the far-right is surging in Sweden

EU’s most liberal country could be next to face populist earthquake, analysts suggest
27 Jun 2018
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