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.
Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 22 December 2020
To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Government today decided to extend the entry ban until 22 December 2020.
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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New date for the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism
The Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism will take place in Malmö on 13–14 October 2021. The Forum has been postponed one year due to the unfortunate circumstances of the current pandemic.
Temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden extended until 7 July 2020
Today the Government decided to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 7 July 2020. As previously, the aim of the entry ban is to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19.
Reallocation of financial support to the creative arts
During the spring, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberals presented several crisis packages to support culture in response to the new coronavirus. The proposals included SEK 500 million for event organisers and independent artists to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis.
Video conference on long-term EU budget
On Midsummer’s Eve, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven took part in a video conference of EU heads of state and government. The main topic was the long-term EU budget for 2021–2027 and the proposed recovery package.
Social distancing and markedly reduced travel in Sweden
Swedes are largely following the government agencies’ advice and recommendations. This has been shown through surveys and data concerning movement patterns. Now travel within Sweden is permitted again – but if the guidelines are not followed, the Government is prepared to take measures.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on international collaboration to handle COVID-19
Sweden is a firm believer in international cooperation, the Swedish Prime Minister stated at a press briefing on May 15.
Minister for Education on the Swedish decision to not close down schools
At a press briefing on June 11, Minister for Education Anna Ekström explained the Swedish decision to not close down the entire school system.
Some signs of recovery in the economy – but situation still very serious
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on economic growth, both in Sweden and the rest of the world. GDP growth has been revised downwards compared with the assessment made in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill. However, recently there have been some signs of recovery, albeit from a very low level and with great uncertainty. This is clear from the Ministry of Finance’s most recent economic forecast, presented today by Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.
Authorisation to take part in the recapitalisation of SAS AB
The Government proposes that the Riksdag authorise the Government to take part on behalf of the State in a recapitalisation of SAS AB (SAS) with an amount totalling SEK 5 billion at most. SAS is important to meeting society’s fundamental needs in terms of accessibility by air travel in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. This authorisation means that the Swedish State will be given a mandate to take the measures necessary to enable the State’s participation in a recapitalisation of SAS. If the Swedish State is to take part in a recapitalisation, the Government will work to ensure that SAS sets new ambitious goals to reduce emissions. Participation of the Swedish State also requires approval by the European Commission.