The Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
The Swedish Government has presented a range of different measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to mitigate the economic impact of it. The government’s overarching goal is to safeguard people’s lives and health and to secure the health care capacity. The Government’s policy and decisions aim to:
• Limit the spread of infection in the country
• Ensure health care resources are available
• Limit the impact on critical services
• Alleviate the impact on people and companies
• Ease concern, for example by providing information
• Ensure that the right measures are taken at the right time.
News regarding the Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren on the Swedish COVID-19 strategy
At a press briefing on June 11, Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, summarised three months of transmission of COVID-19 in Sweden.
Change to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden
The Government has today decided on a change to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. As a result of this change, residents of Morocco will no longer be exempted from the entry ban. Today’s decision is in line with the Council of the European Union’s latest recommendation to EU Member States.
113 13 – information number in case of emergency or crisis
You can call the information number 113 13 to obtain information from municipalities and other actors regarding the novel corona virus (not questions regarding symptoms of disease).
From abroad, call +46 (0)77 33 113 13.
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Economic measures in response to COVID-19
To mitigate the economic effects on society of the COVID-19 outbreak, several measures have been taken. The measures are intended to provide greater security for those affected by the pandemic by limiting the spread of the virus, combating the effects on businesses and jobs and providing financial security and transition opportunities for those who become unemployed. They are also intended to create the conditions for recovery after the crisis.
Temporary easing of regulations for Swedish fish farmers
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a markedly reduced demand for seafood from Swedish aquaculture since most sales go to restaurants, hotels and conference centres. This has created major challenges for fish farmers. The Government has therefore introduced temporary easing of regulations covering aquaculture licences.
Extension of temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19
Today the Government decided to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 30 June. The decision was taken following a recommendation of the European Commission. The aim of the entry ban is, as previously, to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19.
One year extension of exploration permits due to COVID-19 presented to Riksdag
To mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, on 11 June the Government presented a government bill to the Riksdag that entails giving exploration companies an additional year to carry out their work.
Sweden’s response in the global fight against the COVID-19 virus
The COVID-19 outbreak presents an unprecedented global crisis. The worldwide spread of the virus highlights the importance of collaboration and solidarity in tackling global challenges. Sweden continues to stand up for international principles and commitments and to support multilateral organisations working to fight the pandemic and its impacts. With a well-considered response, the international community can together lay the foundations for a more sustainable, equitable and gender-equal world that will be better equipped to manage future crises.
Amendments to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden
To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the outbreak, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Government today adopted certain amendments clarifying the ban.
Unemployed people matched to green industries
The Government is investing to assist the green industries in the absence of foreign seasonal workers. SEK 11 million is being invested to facilitate the matching of unemployed people to the green industries.
Government boosts Almi Invest’s investment power to bridge crisis in small innovative businesses
Together with the Centre Party and the Liberal Party, the Government is proposing an additional SEK 400 million for Almi Invest. The additional funding is aimed at bridging the crisis in small innovative businesses and avoiding the loss of structural capital and intangible assets in the life science sector and others.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on military efficiency and strength discussed at Northern Group ministerial meeting on 20 May
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met his colleagues in the Northern Group security and defence policy forum on 20 May. On the agenda was the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on national and allied military capabilities and preparedness.
Government decides on SEK 200 million for continued broadband expansion in rural areas
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party are presenting new measures to strengthen digital infrastructure. Under the proposal in the additional amending budget, SEK 202.8 million will be provided to the Rural Development Programme for 2014–2020 to ensure that budget funds previously set aside to support broadband expansion can be paid.