Coronavirus measures are dividing Scandinavia. What is going on with the Swedish border?

SCIENCE NORWAY: For people living near the border between Norway and Sweden, moving between the two countries was part of everyday life. The border was something they rarely – if ever – thought about. Coronavirus measures have changed this, dividing families and causing unemployment in Swedish border municipalities .

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Norwegian anti-coronavirus measures have caused unemployment to rocket in the Swedish border town of Strömstad. Both Strömstad’s mayor and the municipal director of the Norwegian border town of Halden have requested a relaxation of border restrictions. So far, Norway’s central government has outright rejected their requests.

How is it that infection-control measures, which are considered absolutely essential by the central government, are encountering so much resistance locally? And why are local protests gaining so little understanding from the government?

Read the opinion piece on sciencenorway.no.

Written by Therese Sefton, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert.

Published Dec. 7, 2020 3:14 PM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2020 3:24 PM