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Many Swedish beaches get clean bill of heath

Updated fredag 19 juli 2013 kl 17.40
Published fredag 19 juli 2013 kl 10.52
Good news for swimmers: water quality at Sweden's beaches has not been this good in 17 years. Photo: Scanpix

Swedish beaches may not be as warm as in the Mediterranean, but at least the water is clean, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The quality of water at Swedish beaches has not been this good since 1996, according to tests taken by the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control.

The tests showed that the water quality was good at 94 percent of the locations surveyed.

One reason for this good news for swimmers is that there have been few instances of flooding this year. This diminishes the risk of contamination of water from sewers.

However, the popular swimming area around Sundspromenaden in Malmö is one area where the water is not clean. People are not allowed to swim there now, because of high levels of intestinal bacteria in the water. This is the first time the area has been restricted to swimmers, reports news agency TT. When tests show the water is okay again, the restriction will be lifted.

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