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Inga-Lill Bengtsson: ”30 per cent more businesses were started in November”

No more than eight people are allowed to meet. You must keep your distance, you must wash your hands, you must stay at home if you are unwell. My preparations for Christmas 2020 – I play Christmas music and clean out the cupboards.
Inga-Lill Bengtsson, editor Kb Mosaik.
Inga-Lill Bengtsson, editor Kb Mosaik.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson
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The government and Folkhälsomyndigheten (The Public Health Agency of Sweden) have gone out with stricter demands. You must keep your distance, you must wash your hands, no more than eight people are allowed to be together. These rules apply in the whole country from 14th December.

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So my father has had to be tested for a second time

Vaccination can start in January. It will take time until everyone has had their doses. In the meantime we must protect ourselves. And we mustn't lose our faith in the future.

Nursing staff and carers do a fantastic job. Home helps, for example. My father, who is 93, has help in his home. One of his helpers has covid-19, so my father has had to be tested for a second time. The first time was when my sister caught the infection. Both he and I stayed well – that time.

The number of deaths is rising, as is the number of patients in hospital. The peak may come within a few days, or at Christmas.

Three of the worst-hit postal-code areas in Skåne are at Gamlegården. Overcrowding is a factor which makes it difficult for infected people to isolate themselves.

Brave. Qaali Ali Shire, who used to work at Kb Mosaik, is one of the few women candidates in the Somali election in 2021. We send her our warmest good wishes.
Brave. Qaali Ali Shire, who used to work at Kb Mosaik, is one of the few women candidates in the Somali election in 2021. We send her our warmest good wishes.
Foto: Privat
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They just sneeze straight out into the air

Kb Mosaik has spoken to Hava, who lives in north-east Skåne, in a family of six, in an area of 85 square metres.

She works in the care sector, and has to travel by bus every day. Some fellow-travellers are very nonchalant.

– They just sneeze straight out into the air, she says. Read about Hava on page 16. And about masks on page 17.

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More and more believe in the future. That may be because a vaccine is on the way

All the same – more and more people are following the advice to prevent spreading the infection. More and more believe in the future. That may be because a vaccine is on the way, giving us hope for a summer when we can get together again.

A lot of people who have started their own firms have a belief in the future. 36 per cent more firms were started in November in Sweden, compared to November 2019, says Harry Goldman, CEO for Nyföretagarcentrum in an interview with TV 4.

Qaali Ali Shire worked for a couple of years at Kb Mosaik when the project started in 2016.
Qaali Ali Shire worked for a couple of years at Kb Mosaik when the project started in 2016.
Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

– If you look at the group of people born in Sweden, they start their own firm because they see a chance. The group born abroad do it because they have to.

40 per cent of all those who start a business in Kristianstad were not born in Sweden. That is what Helena Lindberg, advisor at Nyföretagarcentrum in Kristianstad and Östra Göinge, tells us. Read more on page 15.

Kb Mosaik has met the young Zaatar brothers, Muhammad and Amer, from Syria. They feel at home in their own firm, a car repair workshop. Read more on page 6.

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Now Qaali is going to work for democracy in Somalia in a different way

One person who is brave and has a belief in the future is a former colleague at Kb Mosaik, Qaali Ali Shire, who worked for several years as a journalist in Somalia. She was attacked and stabbed by four men. They dumped her in a container in the belief that she was dead.

Now Qaali is going to work for democracy in Somalia in a different way, as a candidate in the parliamentary election in 2021.

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Phone to someone you know is on their own

We send her a big, heartfelt ”Good luck”, and wish her and all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Phone to someone you know is on their own, or meet at a distance. Take care of yourselves and one another.