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Swedes Fight ‘Discrimination’ in EU Over Contagion Fears

People walk on a busy shopping street in Stockholm, on May 22.

People walk on a busy shopping street in Stockholm, on May 22.

Photographer: Loulou D'Aki/Bloomberg
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Sweden’s laxer response to Covid-19 gave its citizens more freedom than most as the pandemic raged. But as other European Union members start to emerge from the worst, Swedes risk being left behind.

On Tuesday, Sweden’s foreign minister, Ann Linde, responded to a decision by Cyprus to blacklist her countrymen over concerns they might represent an unacceptable contagion risk. “We don’t want discrimination,” she said in an interview with Bloomberg News.