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Ikea flat-pack shelters set to house refugees
Ikea flat-pack shelters will be delivered to refugee camps. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Ikea flat-pack shelters set to house refugees

Flat-pack shelters produced by Swedish furniture giant Ikea are set to provide temporary homes to thousands of refugees in camps around the world. READ  

Tough times ahead for Swedish energy giant
Is Sweden's state-owned energy firm Vattenfall facing further write-downs? Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Tough times ahead for Swedish energy giant

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall could face asset write-downs of around eight billion kronor ($942m) as electricity prices are set to fall across the globe, the company has told specialist magazine Dagens Industri. READ  

Australia opens door to Swedish subs export
An artist impression of what a new-generation submarine could look like. Photo: Saab

Australia opens door to Swedish subs export

Australia's opposition demanded on Wednesday that Sweden should not be excluded from a major new submarine-building programme, countering Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government. READ  

Swedish retail giant H&M to grow as profits soar
H&M announced rising profits during the winter months. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Swedish retail giant H&M to grow as profits soar

Swedish fashion giant H&M pledged to open 400 new stores in 2015 as the company announced on Tuesday that its rising profits had exceeded expectations in the face of increasing pressure from an ever-stronger dollar. READ  

Sweden cuts key interest rate to new record low
Swedish bank notes. Photo: Anders Wiklund/SCANPIX

Sweden cuts key interest rate to new record low

UPDATED: Sweden's central bank (the Riksbank) has slashed its key interest rate, the repo, to new record negative levels just over a month after it announced a similar move. READ  

Swedes save despite economy confidence
Swedes have been keeping a tight grip on their wallets, according to an industry survey. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/SCANPIX

Swedes save despite economy confidence

Swedes are feeling more optimistic about their personal finances, but would rather put their money in the bank than spend it at the shops, a new survey suggests. READ  

Scandinavia flights hit by Lufthansa pilot strike
Many Lufthansa planes are grounded. Photo: TT

Scandinavia flights hit by Lufthansa pilot strike

UPDATED: Hot on the heels of strikes by SAS and Norwegian, flights in and out of the Nordic countries are being disrupted by a Lufthansa walkout. READ  

Small businesses seek help in cashless Sweden
Swedish Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs Minister Per Bolund talks to fruit and vegetable salesman Ramazan Korkmaz. Photo: The Local

Small businesses seek help in cashless Sweden

Cash circulation is decreasing rapidly in Sweden, but it's been causing a headache for some small businesses. The Local meets with some of those affected in Stockholm ahead of a key debate in parliament later this week. READ  

Jay-Z buys Nordic Spotify rival Wimp
Jay-Z (centre) pictured at New York Fashion week in February 2015. Photo: TT

Jay-Z buys Nordic Spotify rival Wimp

Hip hop artist Shawn Carter - better known as Jay-Z - has bought Scandinavian music steaming service Wimp and its parent company Aspiro, despite earlier claims that the bid had been blocked. READ  

New offer on table as pilot strike talks stall
Norwegian communications director Anne-Sissel Skånvik. Photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB scanpix/TT

New offer on table as pilot strike talks stall

A new deal has been proposed after pilots' unions and Scandinavian budget airline Norwegian worked through the night to negotiate an end to a strike entering its 11th day on Tuesday morning, reported Norway's state broadcaster NRK. READ  

Sides remain locked in Sweden pilot strike
Photo: TT

Sides remain locked in Sweden pilot strike

The pilot strike affecting flights operated by Norwegian continued on Sunday with 20,000 passengers set to be hit as the conflict entered its ninth day. READ  

Agency hires hundreds after ditching 'jihadists'
The job agency's director general, Mikael Sjöberg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Agency hires hundreds after ditching 'jihadists'

Sweden’s national job agency will recruit hundreds of new people to replace a migrant aide scheme scrapped after the emergence of widespread bribery, serious criminality and alleged attempts to recruit job seekers to fight as jihadists. READ  

'Sweden shouldn't end controversial Saudi deal'
The beach walk in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Björn Larsson Ask/SvD/SCANPIX

'Sweden shouldn't end controversial Saudi deal'

Prominent business leaders, including the chairman of Swedish fashion brand H&M, have called for Sweden not to end a controversial military arms deal with Saudi Arabia, in an opinion piece in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. READ  

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees
Mobile phone use at airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees

A decision by EU governments not to end roaming mobile charges until the end of 2018 has prompted anger from consumer groups and EU politicians who had wanted the fees ditched this year. READ  

Norwegian hires rival crews as strike continues
Services out of Stockholm's Arlanda airport were cancelled on Wednesday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Norwegian hires rival crews as strike continues

Budget Scandinavian carrier Norwegian has asked Small Planet Airlines to operate some of its flights in Europe after around 700 of the company’s pilots went on strike. But dozens of services from cities including Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen remain cancelled. READ  

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