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Denmark denies reports about halting Nord Stream 2 construction due to cod spawning

STOCKHOLM, July 27. /TASS/: The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has denied reports by German media that the pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 project was temporarily impossible because of cod spawning, Ture Falbe-Hansen, head of media relations at DEA, told TASS.

Sweden: Extension of New START matter of political will, expert says

STOCKHOLM, July 2. /TASS/: The extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is a matter of political will, says Pyotr Topychkanov, senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

"The extension of the New START is a matter of political will. Since Moscow is [already] interested in the extension of the treaty, the question is whether the White House would like to keep it. Unfortunately, the American side prefers to preserve ambiguity until the very last moment," he noted in his written comments for TASS.

Sweden says WHO made mistake by including it in warning

STOCKHOLM, June 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) —Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has rejected a warning from the World Health Organization that included Sweden among countries in Europe at risk of a Covid-19 resurgence.

The WHO on Thursday said several countries and territories were seeing a rise in infections. Eleven were in the UN agency’s Europe region.

Dr Tegnell told Swedish TV it was a “total misinterpretation of the data”.

China, Pakistan Possess More Nuclear Weapons Than India: Defence: SIPRI

SWEDEN, June 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) – China and Pakistan possess more nuclear weapons than India, according to a new yearbook released by a leading conflict and armaments think-tank today.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s Yearbook 2020, pegs the number of nuclear warheads in the Chinese arsenal at 320, while the nuclear forces of Pakistan and India are estimated to have 160 and 150 weapons, respectively.

Sweden names chief suspect in PM murder, closes probe

10 June 2020; AFP: Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday named their main suspect in the 1986 killing of prime minister Olof Palme, closing the murder case that has gripped the Scandanavian country for more than three decades.

The suspect was named as Stig Engstrom, a former advertising consultant known for his staunch opposition to Palme's leftwing policies and who is now dead.

Sweden's ex-ambassador to China goes on trial

5 June 2020; AFP: Sweden's former ambassador to Beijing goes on trial in Stockholm on Friday accused of overstepping her mandate by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese-Swedish dissident held in China.

Anna Lindstedt is accused of brokering an unauthorised meeting during her time as ambassador to get publisher Gui Minhai freed.

Swedish Finance Minister: functioning internal market bigger boost to Europe than recovery fund

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Returning to a fully functioning internal market in the European Union would do more to help economic recovery than a mooted recovery fund, Swedish Finance Minister Magdalana Andersson said on Tuesday.

“Any step we take forward has to be combined with a fully functioning internal market for all goods,” she told reporters.

Andersson said Sweden supported an EU role in supporting economic growth but that the 500 billion euros ($548 billion)suggested by France and Germany was “very high” and needed to be discussed.

SWEDEN: Thunberg donates $100,000 to support children during pandemic

30 April 2020; AFP: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated a $100,000 prize she won from a Danish foundation to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for use against the COVID-19 pandemic, the world body said Thursday.

"Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child rights crisis," Thunberg, 17, was quoted as saying in the UNICEF statement.

"It will affect all children, now and in the long term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most," she added.

Sweden and Denmark, the neighbours at opposite ends of the coronavirus fight

MALMO/COPENHAGEN, March 27 (NNN-Agencies) — Only an 8-kilometre bridge separates neighbours Sweden and Denmark, but while the streets of the Danish capital Copenhagen lie deserted, life in Swedish city Malmo rumbles on as the countries adopt starkly different approaches in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

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