How different is Sweden’s coronavirus strategy to its Scandinavian neighbours?

(L – R) Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Finland’s former Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Faroe Islands’s Prime Minister Barour a Steig Nielsen, Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielsen, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Aland’s Deputy County Council Camilla Gunell attend a joint press conference following a meeting at Rosenbad in Stockholm on October 30, 2019. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images)
With its refusal to resort to strict lockdowns, Sweden is seen an outlier among the Scandinavian countries for its softer coronavirus strategy. Yet as Denmark and Norway start to lift some of their restrictions, are the three countries starting to align?

To find out what the neighbouring nations think of Sweden’s approach, and whether all three will soon be pulling in a similar direction, Radio Sweden spoke to Line Vold, Director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Norway’s Institute of Public Health, and Hans Jørn Kolmos, a Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Southern Denmark, who previously worked at Denmark’s Ministry of Health.

Listen to the report to hear their thoughts.

Related stories from around the North:

Arctic: Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic, Eye on the Arctic

Canada: Canadian government providing nearly $130M to help Arctic territories during pandemic, CBC News

Finland: Visits to commercial establishments down sharply in Finnish Lapland, Google data, Yle News

Greenland: COVID-19: Arctic science expedition postpones flight campaign after trainee tests positive for virus, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norwegian Arctic wilderness tourism hit particularly hard by coronavirus, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Moscow disinforms about coronavirus, says press freedom organization, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Why are Sweden’s politicians taking a different tack for coronavirus?, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s largest rural airline RavnAir could be forced to shut down for good, court docs say, Alaska Public Media

Lee Roden, Radio Sweden

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