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Swedish high schools to re-open on June 15: PM Lofven

FILE PHOTO: Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish high schools will re-open for on-site education on June 15 after having been closed since mid-March to limit the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, the prime minister said on Friday.

“From June 15 regular teaching for high schools can return to the school premises,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said, adding that municipal adult education, colleges, vocational schools and universities might have to remain closed for longer.

Sweden has opted for a more liberal approach than other European countries, keeping most schools, restaurants and businesses open throughout the pandemic.

The country has had a death toll per capita many times that of its Nordic neighbours, which imposed greater restrictions on businesses and society, though still lower than countries like Spain and Britain, which also opted for hard lockdowns.

(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard)

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