State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell

During the Corona pandemic the Swedish physician, state epidemiologist and member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Anders Tegnell, has become world famous. He has a degree in medicine has served as an AT physician while specializing on infectious diseases. He also has a masters degree in epidemiology.


Since 2014 Tegnell is working as a state epidemiologist at the Public Health Authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten), a Swedish government agency with a national responsibility for public health issues. The Public Health Authority is also involved in public health issues in the EU and The World Health Organization (WHO).


Experienced and highly skilled

The Corona virus Photo: Pixabay

Anders Tegnell also has experience from working abroad, both for the World Health Organisation (in Laos) and for Linköping University (in former Zaire), where Tegnell had use for his knowledge about epidemic diseases in connection with of Ebola virus.
During the ravages of Covid 19 Tegnell has acted expert om behalf of the Public Health Authority, and according to a recent survey 71% of the Swedes feel confidence in both Anders Tegnell and the Public Health Authority.

World Health Organization

The Coronavirus disease outbreak situation according to WHO
Confirmed cases 1 May: 3 181 642
Confirmed deaths 1 May: 224 301
Countries, areas and territories with cases 1 May: 215

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Effects of the Corona virus in Sweden

The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) is monitoring the development of the Corona virus closely. They consider the risk of infection spreading in Sweden as very high.

The Swedish Government listens carefully to the advice and expertise of the Public Health Agency of Sweden, and are making necessary adjustments almost every day. Their main focus is to stop the Corona virus from spreading.

Measurements so far

At this point mandatory quarantine is not considered to be motivated, according to the Swedish Government. The Public Health Agency describes it as “a powerful measure that is strictly regulated in the Communicable Diseases Act”. However, people who are in need of hospital care are isolated while waiting for test results.

The population as a whole are well and continuously informed and updated on how to avoid spreading and/or catching the Corona virus. At this point, elementary schools and work places stay open, and public transport is running.

Gatherings of 500 people or more are prohibited, while large gatherings and travelling is advised against. Most large events have been cancelled or postponed, and many hotels, restaurants, bars, shops etcetera are (almost) deserted.

Symptoms and incubation time

The main symptoms are respiratory illness, fever and cough. The incubation period is 2–14 days.

Close contacts can spread the virus from person-to-person, but at this moment there’s no indication that the virus spreads via objects, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

What we can do

  • Listen to the experts
  • Wash hands often
  • Use soap and warm water
  • Use alcohol-based hand rub as an alternative (washing your hands should always be the number one precaution)
  • Sneeze and cough into the bend of your elbow
  • Stay at home when you feel sick

For more information in English:

The Public Health Agency of Sweden

World Health Organization

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

For more information in Swedish:

Folkhälsomyndigheten

Utrikesdepartementet

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Jan Eliasson

Former politician, diplomat and Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson was born in 1940 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Jan was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by the Swedish government in 2006, and worked as Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly between 2012-2016.

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In the early eighties Eliasson worked as advisor in the war between Iran and Irak, and in 1988-1991 he operated as ambassador to the UN in New York City. In October 1994 Jan had a role as a mediator in the war between Armenia and Azerbajdzjan. 

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Eliasson went back to New York as ambassador for The UN assembly between 2000 and 2005, and in 2005 he was the first Swede ever to be elected Secreteray-General of the United Nations.

 

Sweden´s economy

The Swedish parliament

The Swedish parliament contains of 349 elected representatives whos main responsibility is to enact new laws and make decisions about the state maintenance. Their job is mainly to consider proposals and questions from the various committees and from the government.

In order to keep the proposals separated they use different terms: proposals from members of the parliament are referred to as “motioner” (motions), while proposals from the government are referred to as “propositioner” (propositions).

The Swedish government is currently led by Head of State Stefan Löfven (leader of the Social Democrats party) and his 22 ministers. Magdalena Andersson (Minister of Finances), Ann Linde (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Anna Ekström (Minister of Education) are three of them.

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The Swedish Parliament in Stockholm

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The Department of Finance

Or the treasury, handles the state budget, various taxes, the government´s administration, consumers politics and many other matters that concerns the Swedish state´s economy.

The Swedish government is divided mainly into four areas:

– The Head of state

-The Parliament

-The Government

-The Courts

Various authorities are also included when referring to the state of Sweden. Within the Swedish state there are four main constitutions: The governmental constitution, The order of succession, The freedom of speech and The regulation of press.

The Minister of Finance

The Department of Finance is currently led by Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson, Civil Minister Lena Micko and assistant Minister of Finance Per Bolund.

Magdalena Andersson has a long and solid education within the field of finance. She´s also done a lot of research specializing in national economics. Andersson studied at The School of Business (Handelshögskolan) in Stockholm in 1992, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna in 1994 and at Harvard University (USA) in 1995.

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Swedish Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson.

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Andersson´s Curriculum Vitae is quite impressive:

Spokesperson for The Social Democrats between 2012 – 2014

Director General at The Tax Authority between 2009 – 2012

Domestic policy adviser for The Social Democrats between 2007 – 2009

State Secretary at The Department of Finance between 2004 – 2006