Swedish ambassador to Nicosia Anders Hagelberg said on Tuesday that Swedish people have more trust in authorities dealing with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, while the country has not enacted any lockdown measures, as Cyprus has.
The ambassador added the two cultures are different, and “a comparison cannot be made between countries that have different societies and family structures.”
Sweden has not taken full lockdown measures to deal with the epidemic, and the government has instead issued measures as suggestions. The only places where visitation is banned are care homes. The country has over 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and approximately 900 deaths.
Commenting on the numbers, Hagelberg said it is difficult to compare the number of deaths with the number of total cases as “no one in the world knows the total number of cases”.
According to Hagelberg, most people in Sweden follow the suggested measures, due to the fact there is a different cultural structure and ideas of social distancing in comparison with other countries.
“There are differences in trust of the authorities as well,” he said.
Regarding Swedes stuck in Cyprus, Hagelberg said the Scandinavian countries all worked together to bring their citizens home, with flights to Oslo, Helsinki, and Stockholm. He also thanked Germany for offering seats to Swedes on flights they had chartered.