'Panicked callers' get better emergency help: Swedish study

The findings are based on data gathered by researcher Martin Svensson who has spent the last six years interviewing emergency operators at SOS Alarm and listening to calls made by people in need of emergency assistance.

One of the conclusions Svensson drew from the data he collected is that it's not only what you say when you place a call to Sweden's 112 emergency number that matters.

Also important is how your voice sounds to emergency operators on the other end of the line.

If the call is placed by a patient whose voice sounds panicked, that person is more likely to be deemed in need of emergency assistance compared to someone who calls with an angry voice because anyone who has the capacity to scream can at least be seen as being able to breath well.

"There is a clear connection between the expression in people's voices and the help they receive, but one should see that as only part of the decision that's made. The voice isn't the decisive factor and that's important to point out," Svensson told the TT news agency.

Svensson's findings are included a doctoral dissertation entitled "Routes, Routines and Emotions in Decision Making of Emergency Call Takers" which he defended last week at the Blekinge Institute of Technology.

"One could say that what I've found highlights to complexity involved when a decision is made in an emergency call," he said.

The task of emergency operators is complicated by the fact that they can't see the people who are calling, leaving operators only able to consider what callers say and how they sound.

"Language is of course a critical link. A person needs to be able to express why he or she needs help," said Svensson.

A spokesperson from SOS Alarm told TT that the emergency operator service is very interested in Svensson's findings.

"We're going to analyze the results more closely and in all likelihood use it to help us to make even better and safer assessments, said SOS Alarm's Anders Klarström.

"There isn't a lot of research into emergency calls, and against that background this is incredibly valuable for us."

Woman shot dead in central Malmö

Police and emergency services arrived at the intersection of John Ericssons gata and Falkmansgatan after receiving a call shortly after 8pm about what was believed to be a dead woman sitting in car.

Witnesses reported hearing "pops" in the area and police were able to confirm upon arrival that the woman had lost her life.

"She has likely died from gunshot wounds," Skåne police spokesperson Nils Norling told the TT news agency.

However, he refused to say how many shots had been fired.

Police have classified the incident as murder or with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The car was found at an intersection located near Pildammsparken and police cordoned off much of the area as they launched their investigation into the killing.

Forensic specialists began combing the scene on Sunday night and weapon-sniffing dogs were also brought it as a part of the investigation.

However, the search failed to turn up a weapon or any shell casings.

While the woman's identity has yet to be confirmed, police suspect it is the 39-year-old woman who is the registered owner of the vehicle in which she was found.

Shortly before 2am on Monday a 44-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder.

"At the moment, it looks like it was some sort of family drama," duty officer Martin Carlsson of the Skåne police told TT.

Sweden unveils new defence minister

“I am very happy and honoured,” said Enström at a government press conference on Wednesday.

Enström was born in 1966 and has been an MP for Stockholm county since 1998. She is the chairperson of the Riksdag’s committee on foreign policy and a captain in the Swedish Amphibious Group.

“Karin Enström is a very experienced politician. I am very pleased that she has agreed,” said Reinfeldt, especially stressing the new minister’s background as an officer in the Swedish armed forces.

One of the more fundamental tasks the new defence minister will face is to keep the armed forces’ finances in order, said Reinfeldt.

The former defence minister Sten Tolgfors resigned last month in the wake of a scandal involving Swedish plans to aid the building of an arms factory in Saudi Arabia.

Sveriges Radio (SR) revealed earlier in March that Sweden has entered into a deal with Saudi Arabia in 2005, which included the development of a Saudi armaments factory.

After weeks of intensive media coverage of the arms deal, Tolgfors chose to leave the government at his own request. He said at the time that he had been planning to leave later this spring anyway, but that the pressure from the media made him decide to leave sooner.

Despite this, prime minister Reinfeldt didn’t have a substitute waiting in the wings, but appointed minister for infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd as acting defence minister.

Tolgfors was adamant that there had been no political pressure behind his resignation.

At the same time, the defence ministry’s involvement in the Saudi arms deal became more and more apparent despite the minister’s attempts to shift the blame onto Sweden's Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI).

Tolgfors has been reported to the Committee on the Constitution (Konstitutionsutskottet, KU) and the preliminary investigation will commence in the autumn. The investigation into the FOI has already begun.

Snow and cold wreaks havoc over Sweden

”People are advised to be careful when driving,” said Lisa Frost, meteorologist at the Sweden's Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) to daily Aftonbladet.

Many accidents occurred after the heavy snowfall due to strong winds blowing away the salt and sand that had been laid down to combat slippery roads.

Around 5pm on Thursday a woman with a walker was run down by a car at a zebra crossing after the driver was unable to stop the car on the slippery surface.

Several other accidents were reported over night. In the Sundsvall area on the Swedish east coast, seven people were brought to hospital after six separate traffic incidents and in Småland further south, three women were seriously injured after a head on collision between two vehicles.

In the Gävle area, a crash involving a car and a bus forced emergency services out as well, with two of the car passengers needing medical treatment.
 
”One person was knocked unconscious and had to be cut loose from the wreck,” said Kenneth Rosenqvist, of the Gävleborg emergency services to news agency TT.

The snowfall is expected to continue on Friday and SMHI has issued several warnings for the eastern part of the country.

”In some places it could fall up to 20 centimetres of snow,” said Frost to Aftonbladet.

The south eastern coastline will be getting the brunt of the snow, as well as the Baltic islands of Öland and Gotland, and SMHI is urging anyone who has to drive to take it easy in traffic.

Last night also measured the coldest temperatures so far this winter, with well below -30 degrees Celsius. In central parts of the country the lowest temperature measured was -31 in the skiing resort Idre. Southern Sweden saw temperatures reaching -16.

And according to forecasters, it is only going to get colder.

”On Saturday we estimate that it will be -44 centigrade in Norrland,” said John Ekwall, meteorologist at SMHI to daily Expressen.

The cold will peak during the coming weekend with daytime temperatures of -10 or lower in the south and down towards -30 in the north.

Forecasters predict that the cold will ease a little toward the beginning of next week when south-westerly winds will shift the Russian low pressure area down south.

However, according to meteorologists it looks like the cold weather is here to stay for some time yet.

Third suspect remanded into police custody

The man denied being involved in the kidnapping of the 25-year-old, during interrogations on Friday, his lawyer Anders Norman told news agency TT.

"Of course there are general circumstances who point against him, but there are also other circumstances which may be taken into consideration ahead."

The 25-year-old student from Uppsala went missing on December 28th and was found eight days in a remote building in northern Sweden.

Two people, a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, had already been arrested on suspicions of kidnapping the man, after some of his belogins were found in their car.

The day after police discovered the missing man in a remote location outside of Umeå, the couple were remanded into custody after a hearing at the Uppsala police headquarters.

In connection with the missing man's discovery a few days later, the third suspect was arrested and is now also held by police.

According to Swedish daily Expressen, a neighbour of the missing 25-year-old said that on his return to the building at 3:30am on the morning of December 28th, he had heard loud thumps from the man's apartment.

Looking out, he then spotted a silver grey van parked outside the apartment building, with one man and possibly a woman in the front of the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, he saw one of the suspects get into the van with "a packed rucksack and a suitcase", according to the paper

A silver grey van has allegedly also been spotted during the week close to the building where the missing man was found on Wednesday, according to Expressen.

Nordea defends costly CEO flat purchase

On Thursday, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) reported that Nordea had purchased the 256-square-metre flat at a time when the bank is set to make around 2,000 staff redundant.

The bank is also planning to invest another 10 million kronor to renovate the flat, which is currently being used as office space.

The bank defended the purchase of the apartment, arguing it was a decision taken by the Nordea board of directors, something disputed by two union representatives who sit on the board.

According to union representative Steinar Nickelsen, who has been on the board since 2007, the question of purchasing a flat for Clausen was discussed, but not such a large and stately property as the one which was eventually purchased.

“It sends the wrong signals to spend so much money on an apartment when Nordea finds itself in its current situation with huge personnel reductions. We should have never made the purchase,” he told SvD.

Nordea board chair Bengt Wahlroos also defended the purchase of the costly flat explaining the size of the apartment was all a matter of perspective.

“People actually need to live. 250 square metres may sound like a lot to an editor, but Christian is actually the head of Europe's fifth largest bank,” he told Sveriges Television (SVT).

When asked whether or not Clausen's current compensation level was high enough to allow him to purchase his own apartment, Wahlroos responded by saying he would happily pay the Nordea CEO even more.

“I'd gladly raise his salary so that he could buy more apartments if he wanted,” he said.

Financial markets minister Peter Norman said in a statement that he understood how Nordea's customers and employees could take offence at the deal, but emphasized that the Swedish state, which has an ownership stake in Nordea, hadn't "participated or been a part of in any other way" in the decision to buy the apartment.

In addition to the flat, located in Stockholm's upscale Östermalm district, Clausen was has also been granted a generous pension arrangement whereby he will earn half of his salary for the rest of his life upon retirement.

According to SVT, Clausen, who earned 10 million kronor in salary and stock bonuses in 2010, stands to earn at least 98 million kronor from the pension deal.

The fact that the Swedish state has an ownership stake in Nordea prompted Green Party spokesperson Gustav Fridolin to pose questions about the deal to Norman regarding Clausen's pension agreement, which was drawn up according to Danish guidelines, rather than Swedish.

“The state's guidelines are based on the assumption that the principles on which we've reached a political agreement should be applied. The state's [principles] should not be bonus boosting nor should they contribute to pushing up the levels of these types of compensation,” Fridolin told the TT news agency.

Swedes slam mobile operators in EU survey

A new European Commission survey found that Swedes complain more than most of their neighbours about consumer items such as mobiles, second-hand cars, electricity, TV subscriptions and savings and investment products.

The Commission, which carries out the consumer perception survey every year, revealed that compared with their neighbours, Swedes have a lot of moans over such items, while in Germany they seem more preoccupied with the train service letting them down and Brits save their ire for the property market.

In Sweden, Konsumenternas tele-, tv- och internetbyrå (KTIB), the consumer watchdog responsible for telecommunications, has seen an increase in the number of complaints over the past twelve months, with more than 5,000 cases reported.

Around 30% of these were over mobile telephony problems, with a further 15% unhappy with their mobile broadband service. This is higher than the average number of complaints of a similar nature in the rest of the EU.

Apparently, the majority of complaints come from people who feel their new services do not meet their expectations, not an uncommon occurrence in Sweden.

“We receive around 7000-8000 cases every year so it does not seem to be any major deviation this year, said Andreas Evestedt, communications manager at KTIB.

The complaints are often about mobile coverage which doesn't live up to expectations. Coverage is crucial for these services to be able to run properly.

It may well be that buyers have assumed something would work, or that they didn’t ask in the shop when they made a purchase.

In other cases it could be that sellers have given inaccurate information”, Evestedt told DN.

Kalmar mall gutted in suspected arson case

The suspected case of arson has left large parts of the Berga Centrum shopping centre in ruins and prompted local officials to consider offering reward money for tips to help solve a number of recent cases of suspected arson.

Firefighters abandoned the northern section of the mall around 11pm on Wednesday night in order to focus on saving the rest of the complex.

“There was a high risk that things would spread and therefore emergency crews decided to save parts of Berga Centrum that hadn't already burned,” duty police officer Reinhold Liljedal told the TT news agency.

“The building that was alight was allowed to burn down.”

Massive flames lit up the night sky and thick smoke billowed from the burning building.

Nearby residents escaped the need to evacuate thanks to winds blowing in the opposite direction and no people were injured.

“Work to extinguish the fire will continue into Thursday morning,” said Liljedal.

In recent weeks, a number of containers and waste bins have been set alight in the Berga neighbourhood.

Following the massive mall blaze, officials with Kalmar municipality are now considering offering a reward to people who can help police arrest the suspected arsonist or arsonists.

“This is exactly what we were afraid of. It pisses me off to be woken up in the middle of the night by news that Berga Centrum is burning,” municipal council member Johan Persson told the local Barometern newspaper.

The first call about the fire came in around 10.20pm on Wednesday night with a report of a burning rubbish container behind a pharmacy at the shopping centre.

The flames became so intense that they spread to a building housing stores and a bank, after which the fire spread further via the roof.

Soon thereafter it was clear the building couldn't be saved.

Borg: Greek budget plan could 'fall off the rails'

"It is quite clear that there is an evident risk that the Greek programme is off track," Anders Borg told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers.

The Greek debt crisis tops the agenda at the meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) meeting of EU finance ministers.

"With a debt level of 160-170 of GDP there is a significant risk that it falls off the rails," Borg said of Greece's latest budget forecasts for 2011-2012.

Borg called for action to ensure that the situation is managed effectively.

"We have to rethink how we can move faster forward towards backstops and firewalls to handle the situation," he said amid fears Greece is heading towards a default that could devastate the eurozone.

He said banks may have to be recapitalised to cope with the crisis and underlined the importance of having funds available if a move of this kind would become necessary.

The day before, eurozone finance ministers put off a decision on releasing the next installment of bailout funds to Greece, saying Athens can wait until

Swedish Pirates salute German success

"A victory for one is a victory for all," said Swedish Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge to The Local on Monday morning.

Falkvinge described the German PiratenPartei winning its first seats in a state parliament as the movement's greatest success since Sweden's Pirate Party claimed seats in the European Parliament in 2009.

While parties within the movement have previously won seats in local and regional assemblies in various countries across Europe, this is the first time that they have claimed seats in a national law-making body.

"This is a major step upwards. We usually win a few percent in elections. But to get over the threshold in a law-making body in an area with the population of around half of Sweden is a big leap," Rick Falkvinge said.

The party clinched around nine percent of the vote in Sunday's regional poll in Berlin on a platform including free wireless internet and public transport, and voting rights for over-14s.

Rick Falvinge expressed a hope that the movement could use the success to build a push for representation in national parliaments in Sweden and across Europe and explained his view on why the movement's issues remained relevant.

"We are where the Green parties were in the 1970s and 1980s. We pose the relevant questions; the questions that a great many current politicians do not even understand," he said.

The Pirate Party grew out of a youth movement with origins in Scandinavia and were founded amidst the intense debate around file-sharing, the anti-piracy Ipred and the FRA wire-tapping laws.

They have been in Germany for around five years and are currently active in around 20 countries.

Sweden's Pirate Party first stood in a Riksdag election in 2006, claiming 0.63 percent of the vote.

In the 2009 elections to the European Parliament in the party won one seat with 7.1 percent of the Swedish vote. The party's electoral success was short-lived however, with the party only registering 0.65 percent in Sweden's 2010 Riksdag elections.

New Left Party head hard to predict: poll

Current party head Lars Ohly announced his resignation on August 9th. Since then, several candidates have announced their desire to succeed him.

"Everything's open, and I don't know how this is going to end," said Ruzina Stanojevic, chairwoman of the powerful Skåne district, to TT.

To see where sympathies lie, TT called all 24 Left Party district heads, and discovered that the race is going to be close.

Matters seem to depend heavily on whether or not the party chooses to introduce a split leadership, after the Green Party's model.

Previously, a majority have opposed such a model, but the idea of two heads is quickly winning ground, showed TT's survey.

"I think there's a majority for split leadership in our district, as it's easier on the individual," said Hans Jansson, chairman of the Västmanland district, to TT.

In the case of a split leadership, Jonas Sjöstedt and Ulla Andersson have a slight advantage. In the event the Left Party continues with a single leader, the female candidates are favoured.

The four candidates who have thus far announced their interest in the Left Party leadership are MPs Jonas Sjöstedt, Ulla Andersson, Hans Linde, and Rossana Dinamarca.

Ikea donates millions to UN refugee organ

The donation is described as the largest the refugee agency has received in its 60 year history and comes at a time when some reports indicate that as many as 12 million people could be at risk around Africa's horn.

“This humanitarian gesture by the IKEA Foundation comes at a critical time,” said António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the head of UNHCR.

Guterres is currently in east Africa to assess the growing situation and developing human tragedy.

“The crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to deepen with thousands of people fleeing Somalia every week. We are extremely grateful. Help like this can’t come a moment too soon."

The money will be used for the agency's operation to help thousands of Somali refugees at the vast Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya and it is hoped that it will provide assistance to 120,000 refugees.

The Dadaab initiative is part of a broader partnership between the UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation which began last year.

“Supporting UNHCR, both immediately and over the long term, is one of the most effective ways to immediately make a difference in the lives of thousands of refugee children and their families,” said Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation.

The camp in northern Kenya was first opened in the early 1990s after the onset of the civil war in Somalia and has experienced a dramatic surge in numbers this year.

Stockholm honours terror victims

Thousands of people gathered at 5pm Friday evening at Sergel Square in central Stockholm to participate in a candle ceremony in commemoration of the victims from last week’s terror attacks in Norway.

Many carried red roses and a few brought Norwegian flags.

A minute silence hushed the crowd in honour of the more than 70 victims who were killed in the attack on government headquarters in Oslo and at the youth political camp on the nearby island of Utöya.

Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask and former Social Democratic party leaders, Mona Sahlin and Ingvar Carlsson, took part in the memorial service.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who has been highly criticized for keeping too low a profile and not being emotional enough after the massacre, did not attend.

”The attack against the government building and the mass murder of Utöya were political acts. It was well thought-out and planned in minute detail, and it was a diabolical act,” Carlsson said during the event.

Mona Sahlin, former leader of the Social Democrats, also took part in the luminary ceremony.

”I know many of my friends' children who were on Utöya and I just felt such despair. I've been there myself many times,” she said.

Sahlin mentioned the attacker’s, Anders Behring Breivik, manifesto.

”I have been threatened and hated on these right-wing websites for so many years. I see it really as a tribute - as those who hate democracy most, hate me, too. It is a receipt,” she said.

The Social Democrats' former leader Ingvar Carlsson has also been to Utöya.

”I was there the first time in 1960. I have experienced the joy of being there and now to see the pictures conveyed has been very heavy,” he said.

He added that it's important for the Young AUF to build Utöya again.

”One should not give up Utöya after the terrible attacks, but they will need strong support,” said Christian Antoni Möllerop, Vice Chair of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter, RFSL), who also attended the memorial service at Sergel Square.

He said he feels himself as one of those killed on Utöya.

”Unfortunately one of those with whom I've worked a long time with during my time as an activist for RFSL's sister organization in Norway, died on Utöya.”

He said it is too early and too difficult to describe his feelings about what happened.
”There is still mourning and there are many questions that remain unanswered. Now it is important that we join together and try to look ahead,” Möllerop added.

Ella Coogan, 20-years-old from Stockholm, came to participate in the memorial light ceremony at Sergel Square.

”I am here to honour the children and young people who were killed in Norway,” she told the TT news agency.

She also attended the memorial service at the Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm last Saturday and says she has thought a lot about what happened the last few days.

Coogan is active with Ung Vänster (UV), the youth organization of the Swedish Left Party (Vänsterpartiet, VP).

”I hope that this does not mean that young people are afraid to get involved, but that they feel it's more important to be active.”

During Friday's commemorative light ceremony, representatives from five of the parliamentary youth parties were present and spoke a few words while lighting a candle.

Representatives from the Green Youth (Grön Ungdom, GU) and LUF, Liberal Youth of Sweden (Liberala ungdomsförbundet ) could not attend.

Members from Sweden Democrats' youth organization (Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Ungdomsförbund, SSU) were not invited

Stockholm security hiked after Norway attacks

Buildings protected include Rosenbad, the government office and the Norwegian embassy, according to the security police Säpo.

"We took measures quickly and looked over our personal protection," said Sara Kvarnström, press secretary at Säpo, to news agency TT.

According to Kvarnström, the Stockholm police force is responsible for monitoring buildings since Friday.

"This could've happened anywhere. Extreme-right environments are much more present in Sweden than Norway," said researcher Magnus Norell of the Swedish Defense Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut).

"If you'd asked me two months ago, what country this was going to happen in, I wouldn't have said Norway," he said.

European police organisation Europol warn in their terror report that extreme-right groups are very active on social networking sites on the Internet, where they reach out to young people. This can create a growing threat in future.

In total, 249 terror attacks were carried out, stopped or failed in EU 2010. However, none was connected with extreme-right groups.

And according to Norell, catching and preventing lone perpetrators such as Anders Behring Breivik is very difficult.

"It's practically impossible to discover these people, if they aren't active. Something has to happen for them to be discovered ahead of time," he said.

In relation to inhabitants, extreme-right environments in Sweden are bigger than Norway, and the same size as in Denmark and Germany, according to Säpo.

Stockholm police on alert after Oslo blast

Police in Stockholm have increased their presence at key government buildings in the capital following the dramatic explosion in Oslo on Friday afternoon.

"Of course, the incident influences us in Stockholm," police spokesman Stefan Färdigs told TT.

"We are taking action along with the security police, but I can't say what that will be."

However, despite the massive bomb attack in neighbouring Norway - which has claimed several lives and injured many more - the terror threat level in Sweden has not been raised.

"We have not seen any reason to increase it," said security police (Säpo) press officer Sirpa Franzén to Aftonbladet.

"We are in contact with our partners, the security police in Norway, and we're receiving information from other sources too," she added.

The explosion apparently struck at the heart of Norway's administration, turning the streets around the government quarter into 'a warzone'. Large parts of the centre of Oslo were evacuated following the blast.

Sweden's embassy in Oslo is around three kilometres from the site of the explosion and was undamaged in the explosion.

Speaking to Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish diplomat in Oslo who was on duty at the time of the blast, Olof Hultdgren, said that there has been little contact so far from Swedes in the city.

"But there are a great many Swedes who live and work here, especially during the summer," he said.

Swedes want return to state-run schools: report

"There's a clear desire in the public opinion to change the school's control. That a majority want to nationalize the whole school, not just the financing system, is a sign of deep discontent with the current state," said the National Teachers' Association, Lärarnas Riksförbund, Chairperson Metta Fjelkner.

However, according to the association the only party to respond to public demand is the Liberals.

“It's the first time we have seen in a survey that the Swedish people want a state school. We have already suggested a model. It is not as complicated or bureaucratic as some might argue. It is more expensive not to do anything about the problem," said the organisation's chairperson Metta Fjelkner in a statement.

The survey also shows that four out of five respondents did not believe that all students have the same chance of an equal education.

The survey revealed no major differences according to party sympathies or union memberships.

The National Teachers' Association argues that this demonstrates that one of the Sweden's educational foundations, equality in education, is perceived as not real.

Saab's property deal approved by EIB

"The property sale has been approved,"Pär Isaksson, press officer for the Nordic and Baltic states at EIB, confirmed to news agency TT.

Last week Saab’s parent company Swedish Automobile signed an agreement to sell 50.1 percent of the shares in its property arm for 255 million kronor ($40 million), providing much needed cash for the crisis-hit Swedish car maker.

The buyer of the property is Hemfosa Fastigheter, a Swedish property consortium, according to a company statement from last week.

Earlier on Monday Swedish Automobile (formerly Spyker) and Saab Automobile announced the signing of final agreements with Pang Da Automobile and Youngman securing €245 million to the cash strapped carmaker.

However, the deal, which is opening for investment by Russian financier Vladimir Antonov, must also be approved by authorities for the deal to go through.

Three new vehicle lines will also be developed by Youngman; Saab 9-1, Saab 9-6 and Saab 9-7.

According to Saab CEO Victor Muller, the deal provides an opportunity to develop models that were not envisaged nor funded in the original business plan, like the 9-1, which is to be a small car for first-time buyers.

“A car that has long been on the top of our wish list,” Muller said in a statement on Monday.

Pang Qingnian, CEO of Youngman, said that the deal merges the “best of both worlds” when merging the “industrial and financial strength of Youngman Passenger Car with the state-of-the-art technical expertise of Saab Automobile.”

“We were already impressed with Saab’s current and planned product portfolio to date and with the addition of three new Saab models, the brand will be even better positioned to meet demand in markets around the world and China in particular," said Pang Qinghua, CEO of Pang Da in a statement.

In Sweden it is now the National Debt Office (Riksgälden) that has to approve the Chinese deal, as well as the real estate sale to the Hemfosa property consortium, approved by EIB on Monday.

On Monday, the head of the information department at the National Debt Office, Unni Jerndal, couldn’t say when an answer can be expected.

Saab employees returned to work again on Monday to get an update on the situation.

According to the head of information at Saab, Eric Geers, the hope is that production lines will start rolling again next week.

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