Anders Tegnell

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People at a shopping centre in Solna, near Stockholm, last autumn. Sweden’s economy recovered to pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of this year. Photograph: Amir Nabizadeh/TT news agency/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden will on Tuesday become the last Nordic country to begin easing coronavirus restrictions, even though the Scandinavian nation continues to have (...)

Peter Flood with his wife, Jennie

Peter Flood has lived in Sweden for 20 years, 14 of them in Gothenburg. Now he has settled 50km south of the city. He and his wife, Jennie, are teache(...)

 King Carl XVI Gustaf: “I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible. It is something we all have to suffer with.” Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden’s king has admitted that the Scandinavian country has failed with its coronavirus strategy, which has left it with a far higher death toll from(...)

An information sign wishing Merry Christmas and asking to maintain social distancing in a pedestrian shopping street in Helsingborg, southern Sweden.  Photograph: Johan Nilsson/EPA

Finland and Norway have offered medical assistance to Sweden, as their neighbour faces an increasingly severe second wave of coronavirus that has str(...)

People stroll along Standvagen quayside in Stockholm. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Sweden’s centre-left government has long seemed happy to allow Anders Tegnell, the state epidemiologist, to be the public face of the country’s distin(...)

Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell during a digital news conference. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/EPA

Swedish Covid-19 cases continued to rise on Tuesday as many welcomed the toughest measures yet imposed to curb the spread of the disease that has clai(...)

 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 (...)

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