How COVID rules at the Sweden/Norway border are impacting one family

Thirteen-year-old Clara Hegge and her mum Lena Beltramin. (Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio)
  • Sweden has lifted travel restrictions for people entering from other Nordic countries, but restrictions are still in place for those travelling to Norway and it continues to affect personal relations across the border.
  • Clara Hegge has not been able to see her dad as much as she used to, because she lives in Sweden, and he lives in Norway.
  • “Before the pandemic, I would never have imagined that it would be a problem to have a relationship with someone in another country, especially not Norway,” says her mum Lena Beltramin.
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