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Sports & culture to get exemption from coronavirus restrictions, Swedish government suggests

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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the livelihood of those in the sports and culture industries. Currently, public activities with over 50 people are forbidden in Sweden, and consequently sports and culture are at a standstill, threatening livelihoods for many workers and entrepreneurs in the industries. After petitions from clubs, federations, artists, companies and many…...

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Sweden suggests new tax for plastics cups and packaging from November 2021

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The Swedish government proposes new legislation for a plastic tax, applicable to one-time plastic cups and food packaging. Each plastic cup will cost 5 kronor more, while each food packaging will be taxed 7 kronor. Food that must be packed using one-time plastics, such as yoghurt, will be exempted. Non-biodegradable plastics are a major threat…...

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Sweden cancels all university admission exams in 2020

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To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic indoors, the Swedish government has announced the cancellation of the autumn university admission exam. As the spring exam has already been cancelled when the pandemic was peaking, this means that there are no admission exams in 2020. Swedish universities select students on a double-track basis, which means…...

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Visby turns to medieval knights for social distancing

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The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on and Sweden is not exempt. But with so many Swedes on holiday all over the country, how to make sure everyone keeps up with social distancing and personal hygiene? The UNESCO World Heritage town of Visby, on the island of Gotland, came up with a solution—medieval knights. These…...

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Immigrating to Sweden: an introduction

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This is a brief guide for reference only. If you have more questions, or want immigration advice, please contact Swedenmarker Facebook page. Work You normally need a confirmed employment by a Swedish company before applying for a visa (officially called a residence permit, uppehållstillstånd). The company must pay you at least the minimum salary as […]