Corona virus in Sweden?

Are you on holiday in Sweden? Or were you planning to travel to Sweden any time soon? What about the corona virus (officially Covid -19) in Sweden? Are you still allowed to travel to Sweden now that the world is fighting the corona virus? I try to list the current advice below.

Click here for the official website of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

What is the impact of the corona virus in Sweden?

On March 10th, the Swedish health organization has put the level of risk for contamination to ‘very high’. As of March 29, there were more than 3700 corona-infected individuals across all Swedish regions. These numbers are far from correct, since they are no longer testing everyone. Those who have symptoms should avoid contact with others until they are symptom-free for at least 2 days. On March 29, there total number of fatalities in Sweden raised to 110.

Recent numbers can be found here (in Swedish)

  • All public events with more than 50 people have been canceled. There is no end date for the time being.
  • Hospitals and care institutions ask to refrain from non-essential visits.
  • The government itself gave the schools the authority to decide upon lessons and childcare.
  • Many flights have been canceled. Contact your airline to find out if your flight has been affected.
  • Public transport maintains the regular timetable.
  • As of March 16 Stockholmers are urged to work from home.

In Sweden, the emergency number 1177 applies to those who show symptoms or are concerned that they may be infected.

What is the impact of the corona virus on travels to and from Sweden?

Sweden announced that it will close the borders for all unnecessary trips, starting from 3/19 and this for at least 30 days. Check the website of the department for Foreign Affairs from your own country. (Belgium advised against all travels abroad).

If you are in Sweden now, it is best to check whether your travel insurance covers medical assistance, repatriation and possible costs for (preventive) quarantine – even if you are not tested – on the spot.

Personally I would cancel or postpone unnecessary trips at the moment. We ourselves have an important responsibility to help control the further spread of this virus!

Do you really have to travel to Sweden for some reason? Then check that your travel insurance covers a cancellation in the event of an epidemic or pandemic such as the coronavirus.

Stockholm

Some museums are open as usual, but limit the number of visitors. Any events are canceled or postponed.
I list the links below to Stockholm’s main museums.

Although the restaurants for now may officially remain open, a few businesses already closed on their own initiative. Restaurants that serve a buffet are looking for alternatives.

You can also see similar situations in other Swedish cities such as Gothenburg and Malmö. In Umeå, Guitars – The Museum decided to close for the time being.

Corona virus in the other Scandinavian countries

  • Denmark closes its borders from Saturday March 14 at noon until Monday April 13. Unless you live or work in Denmark, you will not get in. The travel advice from the Danish government for all trips has been adjusted to a negative for unnecessary trips. So whoever thought to travel to Sweden by car, train or bus, cannot do this via Denmark.
  • Norway closed its borders for people coming from high-risk countries. With retroactive effect, anyone who returned from abroad (including non-risk countries) since February 27 must remain in quarantine for 14 days. Those who show symptoms should be quarantined for at least 7 days after the symptoms disappear. The Norwegian royal couple also had to be quarantined after a trip abroad. Many hotels, restaurants and museums are also closed there.
  • Finland canceled events with more than 500 attendees until May 31. Those who display (minor) symptoms are asked to stay at home to avoid any spread.
  • Transiting country Germany is also facing a tough battle against the corona virus. Events with more than 500 attendees have been canceled.

General advice in the fight against corona

  • Cancel all unnecessary trips. Even if you have no symptoms. Travelers can spread the virus faster. Take your responsibility and stay at home.
  • Wash your hands. During at least 20 seconds and as often as possible. If you use your hand gel, make sure that it contains at least 70% alcohol.
  • Touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose, …) as little as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands carefully afterwards.
  • Avoid contact with other persons as much as possible to limit further spread.

After corona

The tourism industry has been severely affected by the corona virus. It is currently still a question of how long the current measures will be needed. Fortunately, you can still dream of traveling and doing research for future trips. Do you have some extra free time in the coming weeks? Then maybe you can work on learning some Swedish or trying some Swedish recipes?

Disclaimer: always check the latest advice at official sources. I do my best to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you have any additions, please send me an email!
Last update of this page: March 29, 2020, 8:30 PM.

Learn Swedish in 30 days

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Can you master the Swedish language in just 30 days? I certainly believe you can have basic conversations in Swedish after just one month if you are motivated. Is learning Swedish on your bucket list? Keep on reading!

In 2015 I taught myself Swedish in 3 months time. A whole new world opened up for me! Because I often got the question how I did it, I bundled all the tips&tricks to teach yourself Swedish in an efficient and pleasant way. The result is this language challenge to learn Swedish in 30 days!

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Reading Swedish for beginners: Interlinear Books

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After learning Swedish for a few months, I already bought a first book: En man som heter Ove. I was motivated to start reading books in Swedish, but soon I had to give up. Too many words were unknown for me and I should actually have looked them up to understand the story. The pleasure of reading disappears quickly if you have to pause reading to take a dictionary or a translation app constantly. I recently discovered Interlinear Books. Every word is immediately translated, like subtitles. If you are not sure about the meaning of a word, you can just peek at the line below. Very handy!

The benefits of reading in Swedish

Why would you want to read Swedish books? You learn a lot of new words while reading. You also see how words are used in different contexts. You learn how sentences are built and you discover a piece of Swedish culture. By reading Swedish authors in the original language, you get a more authentic experience. In a translation, mistakes, crooked sentences or adjustments sometimes creep up.

What are Interlinear Books?

Interlinear Books helps you learn languages by reading fascinating books. Their books are translated into the Interlinear format, where the original is followed by an English translation below each word or expression. Click to check their books out.

In short: you can compare Interlinear Books like subtitles for books.

Interlinear Books offers books in the original language with between each line – in a smaller font – the translation of the word above it. These words have been translated word for word (into English). If the word order is different in Swedish than in English, the word order is not adjusted in the translation. Under every Swedish word is the English translation but the sentences as such are not translated. If there are sayings or groups of words that belong together however, they will be translated together. So, if you don’t know a word, you can find the translation in the lines.

Interlinear Books, a review

I chose Skatten: Herr Arnes penningar from Selma Lagerlöf. This Swedish writer received the Nobel Prize for Literature and is best known for her children’s book Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey. Just to say: Interlinear Books may have a limited supply for the time being, but they work with a number of classics.

By now, I have already read a few books in Swedish without much problems. Of course I regularly come across words that I don’t know. Unless the word appears more often and seems important to be able to follow the story, I never actually look up those words anymore. A pity maybe, because that is not how I learn the correct meaning, but putting the book aside to include a dictionary would disrupt my reading experience too much.

That’s the handy thing about Interlinear Books. If I don’t know a word, I take a look at the line below and I can continue reading. My vocabulary is therefore expanding faster by reading Interlinear Books. Admittedly, in the beginning it took some time getting used to ignoring those smaller printed letters, but I got used quickly.

You can download the books, print them, read them on your smartphone or order them as a paperback. There’s an option for everyone. I had the book on my smartphone and could read a piece everywhere and whenever I wanted.

Read interlinear

Curious about this interlinear reading? The books cost between $ 12.99 and $ 29.99. You can pay with paypal and you will receive the download link in your mailbox immediately after receiving the payment. You can also order some books as a paperback. These will then be delivered to your home.

You can also read books from other languages ​​in this way. They currently have books in French, Greek, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and of course in Swedish. They regularly expand their offer, so the message is to visit their website occasionally.

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