Sweden sees a rise in divorce applications during pandemic

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The number of applications for divorce in Sweden has risen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.

Divorces usually fall in the summer months but this year has seen an upward trend compared to 2019.

Mitchell Smolkin, a Canadian psychotherapist based in Stockholm who often handles couples with relationship problems, says he's been surprised by people's resilience during the pandemic.

But he adds that the situation created by the virus has brought some buried issues in people's relationships to the forefront.