Anders Tegnell

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 Passangers arriving at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland, on  Septemper 19th. Photograph: Kimmo Brandt/EPA

Sweden may have hogged the international headlines over its handling of Covid-19, but its Nordic neighbour to the east may be just as interesting. Fi(...)

A sign with a portrait of state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell is hanged at an entrance to a restaurant to instruct people to wash their hands in Sodermalm, Stockholm. Photograph Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic has been the subject of international fascination and some misrepresentation since its state epidemiolog(...)

A sign with a portrait of Anders Tegnell, the face of the country’s response to the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, is hanged at an entrance to a restaurant to instruct people to wash their hands in Sodermalm, Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

At the start of this year, Anders Tegnell was just a low-profile bureaucrat in a country of 10 million people, heading a department that collects and (...)

Passengers disembarking a ferry from Sweden in Elsingoere, Denmark before the borders closed in March. Photograph:  Claus Bjoern Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

Denmark is opening its borders to neighbouring Sweden for the first time in nearly five months after it became one of the few European countries with (...)

People walk in Drottninggatan during rush hour in Stockholm Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

The two sides of Sweden’s against-the-grain coronavirus strategy are visible from a small square in northeastern Gothenburg. On one side lies Gerashu(...)

State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Swedish Public Health Agency attends a press conference last month. File photograph: Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/AFP

Sweden should have done more to combat the coronavirus and prevent a much higher national Covid-19 death rate than in neighbouring countries, the man(...)

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If there were any taxi drivers or hairdressers around to make small talk, they would be enduring a lot of very short, very dull conversations. None of(...)

A picture taken earlier this month shows people keeping social distances at a shopping centre  in Stockholm. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/ TT news agency/ AFP via Getty Images

On paper, Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus crisis seems far more logical than that of its European neighbours. Whereas the rest of the world eithe(...)

A woman enters her nursing home in Stockholm, Sweden, during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

If these were normal times, you might have been greeted by Lovisa as you boarded your SAS flight somewhere.  Instead, for the last month, the 20(...)

A billboard  about the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus  on a facade in Stockholm, Sweden, on  April 29th. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency via Reuters

Sweden’s unique strategy to deal with coronavirus will ensure it has only a small second wave of cases unlike other countries that could be forced to (...)

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