Summer tourism recovery is slow going in Sweden

A view of the archipelago next to Stockholm in the Baltic sea, Sweden, May 7, 2017. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)
The number of Swedes enjoying a vacation in their own country has been a shot in the arm for the hard-hit tourism industry, but foreign visitors are still a rarity.

Many voices in the tourism and cultural industries are frustrated that the government has not changed its stance on a limit of 50 people at public events, which they say has hit them hardest of all.

Culture minister Amanda Lind, who has faced calls for her resignation over the issue, says that in the coming weeks the government will outline how the rules will look in the near future.

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