• The reason New York failed to

    The reason New York failed to "flatten the curve" and Sweden succeeded probably has little to do with lockdowns

    Coronavirus deaths have slowed to a crawl in Sweden. With the exception of a single death on July 13, no deaths in this nation of 10 million have been reported since July 10. But the debate over Sweden’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, which relied on individual responsibility instead of government coercion to maintain social …
  • The debate over COVID-19 lockdowns has thrust Sweden into the global spotlight

    The debate over COVID-19 lockdowns has thrust Sweden into the global spotlight

    The debate over COVID-19 lockdowns has thrust Sweden into the global spotlight. Anders Tegnell, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he’s confident Sweden’s approach is the right one. As nations around the world begin to ease lockdown restrictions passed amid the scariest pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu, a new battle is brewing among …
  • Sweden's GDP growth is a stark contrast to nations who initiated hardline lockdowns.

    Sweden's GDP growth is a stark contrast to nations who initiated hardline lockdowns.

    CNBC reports that Sweden, which avoided a hardline lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, saw its economy grow in the first quarter.  The Swedish economy expanded at a far superior rate than many of its European counterparts over the first three months of the year, data published Friday showed, following the government’s decision not to impose …
  • Swedish COVID Response Architect Says Policies Were Too Lax, Resulted in Too Many Deaths

    Swedish COVID Response Architect Says Policies Were Too Lax, Resulted in Too Many Deaths

    Sweden’s response to the coronavirus resulted in too many deaths and could have been improved, the country’s chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday. Tegnell designed a unique strategy by which the country allowed non-essential businesses to remain open, urging citizens to comply with social distancing regulations and to avoid unnecessary travel. Sweden’s …
  • Why Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy Is Quietly Becoming the World’s Strategy

    Why Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy Is Quietly Becoming the World’s Strategy

    Around the world, nations are starting to emulate’s Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy. Here’s why. Sweden’s unique approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has been drawing a great deal of scrutiny for weeks, including both admiration and criticism. The Swedes, unlike most other nations, have eschewed the hardline approach that has led to mass economic shutdowns and skyrocketing …
  • Some Swedish Businesses Face 90 Percent Drop in Demand Despite Being Allowed to Stay Open amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    Some Swedish Businesses Face 90 Percent Drop in Demand Despite Being Allowed to Stay Open amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters) Swedish minister of enterprise Ibrahim Baylan on Monday said that Swedish businesses, which have been allowed to remain open amid the pandemic, are struggling with a sharp drop in demand. Baylan told a press conference that …
  • Sweden Closes Its Last Remaining ‘Confucius Institute’ amid Strained Relations with China

    Sweden Closes Its Last Remaining ‘Confucius Institute’ amid Strained Relations with China

    Sweden has closed the last remaining Confucius Institute in the country as relations with China deteriorate further amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Times of London reported on Thursday. The Chinese government in 2004 launched Confucius institutes at various foreign universities, with the stated goal of promoting Chinese language and culture. However, U.S. officials have stated …
  • Laid-off Swedish airline workers training for health care jobs amid coronavirus pandemic

    Laid-off Swedish airline workers training for health care jobs amid coronavirus pandemic

    Filip Palmgren had wanted to work on planes since he was a child. Now, after just two years as a flight attendant, the 21-year-old has lost his job because of the coronavirus crisis and will be soon heading to work in a hospital instead to help save patients. He is part of a first group …