The Scandinavian country has cancelled Schengen rules with the checks, citing the continued threat to “public order and internal security in Sweden”. Sweden first brought in the checks in autumn 2015 after hundreds of thousands of migrants arrived in the country after travelling through Europe. Interior minister Mikael Damberg hit out at the EU and what he saw as failures of the Schengen agreement, which grants free movement between participating countries across Europe.
When announcing the measures on Thursday, he said: “Sweden is one of a handful of countries that continue to have internal border controls due to lack of border controls at the Schengen’s external borders.”
Checks on car and train traffic were implemented at the Öresund Bridge, as well as at ports in Varberg, Gothenburg, Malmö, Helsingborg and Trelleborg. Another 12 sites, including airports, were added to the check areas last summer.
The border checks will continue for another three months until May 11.
In a statement, the government said: “The decision is based on the government’s assessment that there is a threat to public order and internal security in Sweden.”