Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sweden - Statistics & facts
During the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, Sweden drew attention from the rest of the world due to the way it handled the pandemic. Compared to many other countries, Sweden took softer measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Sweden did not implement a lockdown nor closed its borders. The government felt a more successful strategy would be to provide recommendations rather than regulations. Restaurants and bars remained open throughout the whole pandemic, although certain restrictions such as earlier closing times, were brought in at times. Sweden has recorded the second-highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths during the pandemic compared to the other Nordic countries, although it does have the largest population in the region.
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