Denmark and Norway ‘ban’ Swedes
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Denmark and Norway ‘ban’ Swedes

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on May 29 that entry restrictions will be lifted for citizens of Norway, Iceland and Germany, from June 15.

`Denmark and Sweden have a close relationship and will continue to do so in the future,` Frederiksen said.

Frederiksen, who imposed a lockdown on Denmark on March 11, hopes to find a solution that would allow travel between Denmark and certain areas in Sweden.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the decision to restrict Swedish citizens from entering the country during a press conference on May 29 in Copenhagen.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also announced yesterday that Norway will only accept Danish citizens at this time, but will discuss with Sweden, Finland and Iceland to allow citizens to enter in the near future.

Solberg said he discussed it twice with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, but Norway ultimately signed a bilateral agreement with Denmark because `we have a similar infection situation, and the situation in Sweden is different

`It is very difficult to find a solution for Sweden, but there are also regions in Sweden with low infection rates where we can find a solution,` she said.

The decision by Denmark and Norway to exclude Sweden from the Nordic `travel circle` is a blow to Stockholm.

Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s leading epidemiologist who proposed the country’s solution to deal with Covid-19, said dialogue between the Nordic neighbors still `continues`.

Sweden applies a voluntary Covid-19 prevention policy.

Polling shows a majority of Swedes support the government’s strategy of sticking to less coercive measures, in sharp contrast to mandatory lockdowns in many countries, including Norway and Denmark.

However, the policy Tegnell announced to slow the spread of Covid-19 to give the health system enough time to cope, has been heavily criticized by some Swedish experts.

Sweden reported 4,350 deaths from Covid-19, equivalent to 419 people per million people, many times higher than Norway’s 44, Denmark’s 98 and Finland’s 57. However, the death rate of

Covid-19 appeared in 212 countries and territories, infecting more than 6 million people and killing more than 366,000 people.

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