Neighbours Denmark and Sweden miles apart on coronavirus confinement

On 13 March, the Danish social democratic government announced a more or less complete shutdown of the public sector. Then came bans on social gatherings with more than ten persons and forced closings of restaurants and cafés. But in Sweden, prime minister Stefan Löfven and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have kept aggressive legislation at bay. His government still allows up to 500 people together, while restaurants and bars remain open under stricter hygiene rules. University students have been sent home, but schools are open for the kids. In Denmark, Mette Frederiksen already claimed that she would “rather go one step too far” with restrictive measures. Yet, the month-long shutdown has had its side effects: 42,847 Danes registered as jobless between 9 and 24 March, according to the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

- Euronews -



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