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Sweden: Country on the Scandinavian peninsula
Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north, Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund Strait. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. The capital city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.6 million have a foreign background. Persons who have foreign backgrounds are defined as persons who are foreign born, or born in Sweden with foreign born parents. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi) and the highest urban concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

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Coronavirus: Hard-hit Sweden admits it could have battled COVID-19 better [Video]

Coronavirus: Hard-hit Sweden admits it could have battled COVID-19 better

“I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly,” Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency told Swedish media on Wednesday.View on euronews

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Life-saving medical equipment patrols Sweden skies [Video]

Life-saving medical equipment patrols Sweden skies

The country is the first to use drones to carry defibrillators, a crucial intervention for sudden cardiac arrest.

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Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure [Video]

Dairy-rich diet may lower risks of diabetes, high blood pressure

A recent study links eating at least two daily servings of dairy to lower cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome).The observed associations were strongest for..

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Sweden Says It's 'Surprising' Their Herd Immunity Gambit Is Such A Disaster [Video]

Sweden Says It's 'Surprising' Their Herd Immunity Gambit Is Such A Disaster

A new Swedish study found that just 7% of people in Stockholm had caught the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by the end of April. According to Business Insider, Swedish forecasters had previously predicted..

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Oops! Former Swedish Health Chief Says No-Lockdown Policy 'Hasn't Been The Smartest' [Video]

Oops! Former Swedish Health Chief Says No-Lockdown Policy 'Hasn't Been The Smartest'

Sweden's lockdown-free strategy to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is a global outlier. Business Insider reports the Nordic country has a soaring death rate, with many of..

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Are care homes the dark side of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy? [Video]

Are care homes the dark side of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy?

Are care homes the dark side of Sweden’s coronavirus strategy?

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Sweden PM defends Covid-19 strategy [Video]

Sweden PM defends Covid-19 strategy

Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven has defended the country's strategy against Covid-19, dispelling any myths that his government was not taking the pandemic seriously. A large death toll in..

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Don't Tell, Ask: Sweden's Scarily High COVID-19 Death Toll [Video]

Don't Tell, Ask: Sweden's Scarily High COVID-19 Death Toll

Sweden never issued any mandatory lockdowns to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Instead, the Nordic country asked its citizens to voluntarily maintain social distance. According to..

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Will microchip implants be the next big thing in Europe? [Video]

Will microchip implants be the next big thing in Europe?

Thousands of Swedes have been pioneering the use of futuristic microchips that are implanted under the skin of the hand. Now the technology could be introduced to other parts of Europe, like Italy...

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Swedish couple open pop-up restaurant with one chair, one table [Video]

Swedish couple open pop-up restaurant with one chair, one table

A Swedish couple has opened a "COVID-19-safe" restaurant in a meadow with one chair and one table and on Sunday (May 10) the "Table for One" pop-up restaurant welcomed its first guest.

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Sweden's coronavirus strategy: Is the older generation paying the price? [Video]

Sweden's coronavirus strategy: Is the older generation paying the price?

One-in-three coronavirus-related death in Sweden has happened in care facilities for the elderly.View on euronews

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Sweden reindeer herders face revenge attacks after landmark case [Video]

Sweden reindeer herders face revenge attacks after landmark case

In January, herders won back exclusive rights to hunting and fishing in their area of the Arctic, but that has led to heightened tensions between Sami people and local Swedes.

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Sweden Could Reach 'Herd Immunity' in Weeks After Refusing Lockdown [Video]

Sweden Could Reach 'Herd Immunity' in Weeks After Refusing Lockdown

Unlike many of its neighbouring countries, Sweden did not impose a lockdown on businesses and public spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tackle virus and climate together, says Thunberg [Video]

Tackle virus and climate together, says Thunberg

People need to tackle both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis together, Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday, during an event marking the 50th anniversary of..

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Coronavirus has mutated into three variants [Video]

Coronavirus has mutated into three variants

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Germany have used RNA analysis to identify three types of COVID-19 that evolved during the early stages of the pandemic.

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'We do a lot to fight this pandemic,' insists Sweden's EU Affairs Minister [Video]

'We do a lot to fight this pandemic,' insists Sweden's EU Affairs Minister

'We do a lot to fight this pandemic,' insists Sweden's EU Affairs Minister

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Sweden says Trump's criticism 'factually wrong' [Video]

Sweden says Trump's criticism 'factually wrong'

Sweden on Wednesday hit back at U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of the Swedish approach to fighting the spread of the coronavirus, saying he was wrong to claim authorities there were trying to..

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Coronavirus: Sweden stands firm over its controversial COVID-19 approach [Video]

Coronavirus: Sweden stands firm over its controversial COVID-19 approach

Sweden has come under fire for not putting everyone on coronavirus lockdown but public health chiefs are standing firm.View on euronews

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Sweden to ease travel curbs despite signs of rising coronavirus infections

Sweden will ease restrictions on domestic travel from June 13, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Thursday, despite signs that novel coronavirus infections are increasing in parts of the country.
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Sweden sees increase in coronavirus infections, fall in deaths

Coronavirus infections are increasing in Sweden, while the number of deaths and people treated at intensive care continue to fall, the Health Agency said on Thursday.
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Sweden urges protesters to take it online during pandemic

The Swedish government on Thursday urged its citizens to take their fight to the internet after thousands in the capital defied coronavirus restrictions to protest against racism and U.S. police..
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Sweden should have done more against coronavirus but broad strategy right: chief epidemiologist

Sweden's chief epidemiologist said on Wednesday the country should have done more to combat the coronavirus but backed the broad strategy, which avoided the strict lockdowns seen in many other..
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Swedish government says has been ready to take wider measures if asked by Health Agency

Sweden's government has been ready to introduce further measures to try and halt the spread of the new coronavirus if recommended by the Public Health Agency, Health Minister Lena Hallengren said on..
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Sweden should have done more to combat coronavirus, health chief says

Sweden should have done more to combat the coronavirus and prevent a much higher national COVID-19 death rate than in neighbouring countries, the man behind the Public Health Agency's pandemic strategy..
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Swedish coronavirus testing hits record but still far below target

Sweden's testing for the new coronavirus rose last week to its highest level since the outbreak began but still fell far short of the target, in what has increasingly become a focal point of criticism..
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Former Chinese official extradited to U.S. on money laundering, fraud charges: DOJ

A former Chinese official and fugitive has been extradited from Sweden to Los Angeles to face charges of money laundering and immigration fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday.
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Swedish PM to appoint coronavirus inquiry before summer amid criticism

Sweden will launch an inquiry into the country's handling of the pandemic before the summer, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a newspaper interview on Monday, amid growing criticism over nursing..
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No COVID-19 deaths reported in Sweden in 24 hours, but weekend figures typically delayed

Sweden has not reported any coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, for the first time since March 13, the health authority said on Sunday, but there is typically a delay in reporting figures at..
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Sweden excluded as neighbours Denmark and Norway ease travel restrictions

Norway and Denmark said on Friday they would allow tourists to travel between the two countries, though border crossings with Sweden, where the number of COVID-19 infections is higher, will remain..
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Denmark and Norway create travel bubble, excluding Sweden: media

Norway and Denmark will resume free travel between the two countries, three Norwegian media outlets reported on Friday, creating a travel bubble that excludes Scandinavian neighbour Sweden, where the..
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Norway eases Nordic business travel rules, including Sweden

Norway will allow entry to business travellers from all the other Nordic countries from June 1, in a further easing of coronavirus restrictions, the government said on Thursday, making no distinction..
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No reason to keep Swedes out when Nordics reopen borders: Swedish Minister

Excluding Sweden from moves to open borders across the Nordic region as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic would be a political decision and not justifiable on health grounds, Foreign Minister..
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Swedish antibody study shows long road to immunity as COVID-19 toll mounts

A Swedish study found that just 7.3 percent of Stockholmers developed COVID-19 antibodies by late April, which could fuel concern that a decision not to lock down Sweden against the pandemic may bring..
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Sweden tops Europe COVID-19 deaths per capita over last seven days

Sweden, which has opted for a more open strategy in combating the virus than other European countries, has the highest number of deaths in Europe per capita from the COVID-19 disease over the last..
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Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

The world is watching Sweden’s high-stakes gamble.
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Sweden's not soft on virus, says PM, in dig at foreign media

Impressions conveyed abroad that Sweden has adopted a "business as usual" approach to the coronavirus are wrong, its prime minister said on Friday, adding that strong cooperation between nations was..
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Sweden extends international travel curbs to July 15

Sweden's foreign ministry on Wednesday extended its advice against non-essential travel to all countries through to July 15, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a news conference.
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COVID-19 deaths in Sweden pass 3,000: Public Health Agency

Deaths in Sweden from COVID-19 passed 3,000 on Thursday, the Public Health Agency said, far more than in neighbouring Nordic countries.
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Swedish town uses chicken manure to help stop spread of coronavirus

A town in southern Sweden has turned to a traditional source to try to prevent the coronavirus spreading during an annual festive event on Thursday - chicken manure.
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Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers over Baltic Sea in training exercise

Russia has flown two nuclear-capable Tu-160 strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday, a move that prompted Finland, Denmark, Poland..
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Swedish official Anders Tegnell says 'herd immunity' in Sweden might be a few weeks away

Sweden is accused of dangerously pursuing a 'herd immunity' coronavirus strategy. Its top COVID-19 official Anders Tegnell said it was 'sustainable.'
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The man with the epidemiologist tattoo - a very Swedish tribute

It's not every day that the face of a chief epidemiologist is inked as a tattoo. But then it's not every country that has tackled the coronavirus pandemic like Sweden.
Reuters - Published

Sweden to shut bars and restaurants that ignore coronavirus restrictions

Sweden warned on Friday it would shut restaurants and bars in the capital that did not comply with guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, amid signs Stockholm residents..
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Sweden eyes benefits of spurning lockdown in the face of pandemic

While much of Europe remained in lockdown, students played table tennis and made weekend plans at Kunskapsskolan, one of many Swedish schools kept open in a country that bucked the global trend of..
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Ten EU countries urge bloc to pursue 'green' coronavirus recovery

Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and six other countries urged the European Union to adopt a "green" recovery plan on Thursday, as fears grow that the economic hit caused by the coronavirus..
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Swedish government seeks wider executive powers to fight virus

Sweden's government is seeking wider executive powers, including the right to shut airports and railway stations without parliament's approval, in its fight to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
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US facing tough weeks in fight against virus; Sweden's virus strategy under scrutiny; UK clothes factory pivots to making PPE; Pope warns against profitting from pandemic (April 4)  
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Sweden's liberal pandemic strategy questioned as Stockholm death toll mounts

A spike in novel coronavirus infections and deaths in Stockholm has raised questions about Sweden's decision to fight the outbreak without resorting to the lockdowns that have left much of Europe at a..
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Europe's north-south lockdown divide revealed by Google data

Italy and Spain, the two European countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus, have enforced the most drastic lockdowns to curb the pandemic but one country, Sweden, stands out for allowing life to go..
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Grounded cabin crew get hospital training as Sweden battles coronavirus

Furloughed crew from crisis-hit Scandinavian airline SAS are taking a three-day course in basic hospital duties to help plug gaps in a Swedish healthcare system strained by thousands of coronavirus..
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Sweden bans public gatherings of more than 50 people: PM

The Swedish government said on Friday it had decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 50 people to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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Greta Thunberg says it's 'extremely likely' she had coronavirus after her trip to central Europe

She didn't get tested for COVID-19 explaining how everyone in Sweden who had symptoms and weren't in need of emergency care were told to stay home.
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Swedish PM tells Swedes to take responsibility in national address on coronavirus

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a rare live television address to the nation on Sunday evening called on all Swedes to play their part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
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Sweden to close borders to visitors from non-EU countries

Sweden will close its borders to most visitors from non-EU countries from March 19, Home Affairs Minister Mikael Damberg said on Tuesday.
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Swedish PM lofven says high schools, universities should switch to distance learning

Sweden's high schools and universities should stop classes on campus and switch to distance learning from March 18, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Tuesday, but primary and secondary education..
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Shanghai extends quarantine requirement to UK, 7 other European countries

Travelers who have visited the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria in the past 14 days will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival in..
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Sweden's Getinge to deliver 500 ventilators to Italy as demand rockets

Swedish medical equipment group Getinge will deliver 500 ventilators to Italy, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday, as a growing number of countries rush to buy the machines to treat people..
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Sweden says to send up to 150 special forces troops to Mali

Sweden's government on Monday said it had decided to send troops to Mali to join French-led special forces that are fighting militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahel region of North..
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Sweden launches coronavirus crisis package worth more than $30 billion

The Swedish government on Monday presented a package of measures worth more than 300 billion Swedish crowns ($30.94 billion) to support the economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Turkey halts flights with nine European countries to contain coronavirus

Turkey is halting flights to and from Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands as of Saturday morning until April 17 as part of efforts to contain..
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Sweden reports first coronavirus death, bans large gatherings

Sweden reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Wednesday and banned public gatherings of more than 500 people to try to stop the spread of the disease.
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Swedish Foreign Ministry advises against travel to Tyrol region of Austria

Sweden's foreign ministry on Wednesday advised its citizens to avoid traveling to the Tyrol region of Austria as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Sweden reports first death in coronavirus outbreak

Sweden reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Wednesday with an elderly patient dying in intensive care at a hospital in the Stockholm region.
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Sweden's Health Agency asks government to ban large gatherings

Sweden's Public Health Agency on Wednesday asked the Swedish government to ban gatherings of over 500 people in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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Swedish health agency says risk of local coronavirus contagion now 'very high'

Sweden's Public Health Agency on Tuesday raised the risk level for local contagion of the new coronavirus to "very high" from "moderate" and said it was seeing signs of community spread in the Nordic..
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Two Russians detained in Sweden over hammer attack on Chechen blogger

Two Russians are being held in Sweden suspected of the attempted murder of a prominent blogger and critic of the Chechen government last month, authorities said on Friday.
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Sweden advises against non-essential travel to Northern Italy due to coronavirus

Sweden's Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was advising against non-essential travels to nine regions in Northern Italy until further notice in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Sweden's Stockholm region reports jump in coronavirus cases

The Stockholm region of Sweden reported 28 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, the local authority said, taking the total number of cases in Sweden to 88.
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