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
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s address to the nation Sunday 22 November
A maximum of eight participants should be normative for all of society
The coming weeks are crucial to stop the spread of infection. Given our current situation, the Government considers that more measures are necessary. We therefore now propose that holding public gatherings and events with more than eight participants be prohibited. In addition, the previous exemption for eating and drinking establishments is removed.
MFA extends advice against non-essential travel to all countries
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has today, 9 November, decided to extend its advice against non-essential travel to all countries outside the EU/EEA/Schengen area as well as the United Kingdom until 31 January 2021.
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.
Content about the Government’s work in response to the virus responsible for COVID-19
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The Government decides on an additional investment in the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in view of COVID-19
The University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is being strengthened to meet educational needs and fight unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis. SLU will receive additional funding that will enable it to offer more places on educational programmes in shortage occupations and for lifelong learning.
About the COVID-19 virus: for older people, people with health conditions and health and social care staff, 24 June
Here you can read more about current measures in health and social care and health and social care staff. This is the fourth article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Swedish experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the whole world and represents a global challenge the likes of which we have not seen for decades. All affected countries are now trying to solve the crisis with as few negative consequences as possible for people’s lives and health.
Extension of temporary entry ban to Sweden until 31 August 2020 and easing of restrictions for more travellers
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 decided to extend the entry ban until 31 August 2020. At the same time, the Government decided to ease the restrictions for more travellers. Today's decision was taken following a Council of the European Union recommendation.
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.