The Social Democrat-Green government wants to keep ID checks at Sweden's southern border, because of "serious threats against public order and inner security."
- Affects Denmark-Sweden commuters.
- No proven link to mining.
People living in the arctic towns of Kiruna and Malmberget say their homes have been damaged by earthquakes caused by nearby mining, but the company has not paid compensation to any claimants in the last five years.
- Isolation and restraints used against children.
Employees in secure psychiatric units no longer have to have higher- education qualifications, a decision that follows a surge of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Sweden that has made it "extraordinarily hard" to recruit staff, according to the National Board of Institutional Care.
- Linking big cities.
The government has mapped out its plans for a future high-speed rail network in Sweden, connecting the major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.
- Old pipes need replacing.
The maintenance of Sweden's water and wastewater pipes is sorely neglected, according to the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association, which is predicting the cost of drinking water will go up in Sweden.
- Working within the EU.
Sweden’s government does not support the building of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but has no legal way to stop it, was the message from Foreign Minister Margot Wallström in Thursday’s parliamentary debate.
The Swedish parliament will debate the Nord Stream 2 pipeline today, as the opposition Christian Democrats say the Russian-German pipeline in the Baltic should be blocked, because of the invasion of Ukraine.
- Acute shortage.
Sweden will almost surely miss a target set for home building during the next decade and risks overcrowding, according to chief analyst Bo Söderberg at the National Housing Board.
The Stockholm region’s population is growing rapidly and more people choose cycling as a fast and reliable way of getting around. But this creates challenges as large numbers of cyclists navigate the yet unfinished infrastructure.
- Only two thirds on time.
High-speed trains in Sweden have been ranked at the bottom of international statistics for punctuality.
- Sweden criticised internationally.
A government investigation proposes ending the solitary imprisonment of children, and limiting the time they can be held in pre-trial detention.
- Södertälje bridge reopens earlier than expected.
A bridge in southern Stockholm that carries traffic from a key motorway is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday after an accident earlier in the summer forced its closure.
- Moving further west.
The water shortages experienced by parts of southern Sweden during the spring have become worse this summer, Radio Sweden News reports.
- 1 av 7Some people believe that new drinking fountain models can cut down on the problem of people littering in the basins. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden2 av 7This out-of-function drinking fountain in Stockholm has become a de facto trash can. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden3 av 7Karl Lindahl poses by a public drinking fountain at Nybroplan in Stockholm. He would like to see more public drinking fountains installed. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.4 av 7After receiving a "medborgarförslag" or proposal from a citizen to install public drinking fountains, the municipality of Örnsköldsvik, in the north of Sweden, has slated this square as the site for one of them. They expect to have it in place this August. Photo: Tommy Westin.6 av 7Free water.
Public drinking fountains seem to be gaining ground again, giving urban denizens more options for quenching their thirst free of charge. But considering the country's experience in the past, are people ready for them?
- Free water.
Temperatures have been rising, and when you're thirsty on a hot day here in Sweden, that generally means having to buy a bottle of water. But it didn't always used to be that way.