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Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'
Defence Minister Karin Enström. File photo: TT

Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping Brawl
Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

Swedish heroes save German mauled by shark
A bull shark. File photo: Renee V/Flickr

Swedish heroes save German mauled by shark

Three Swedish men have been hailed as heroes after they dragged a shark attack victim from bloodied waters in Florida. READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

Two-year average wait for rental homes in Sweden
New-build balconies in suburban Stockholm. File: Daniel Mott/Flickr

Two-year average wait for rental homes in Sweden

Anyone hoping for a one-room apartment in Sweden will have to wait an average of 2.5 years, but the wait is far worse in Stockholm, new statistics showed on Tuesday. READ () »

Two brothers shot dead in family brawl: police
Police in Norrköping. Photo: Bertil Ericsson/TT

Two brothers shot dead in family brawl: police

UPDATED: Two brothers were killed on Monday night in a brawl that police have described as a "family dispute". Up to 40 people were involved in the fight, and police have arrested five people so far. READ () »

Sweden in Afghanistan
Swedish military 'won't help ex-translators'
A Swedish soldier in Afghanistan. File photo: TT

Swedish military 'won't help ex-translators'

The Swedish armed forces will not be held responsible for Afghan interpreters who are no longer in the employ of its Isaf troops, it was reported on Tuesday. READ () »

'Let Swedish soldiers cull boars with AK 4s'
Wild boar hunters in Sweden. File photos: TT

'Let Swedish soldiers cull boars with AK 4s'

Swedish soldiers with automatic weapons should be let loose on the wild boars in southern Sweden, a member of the national home guard has suggested. One local landowner explains to The Local how it could save the south's golf courses. READ () »

High pollen levels mar Swedish spring
Birch trees in bloom. Photo: TT

High pollen levels mar Swedish spring

After a sunny long weekend, birch pollen is set to blight allergy sufferers' return to work on Tuesday, as pollen levels reached above 1,000 particles per cubic metre. READ () »

Sweden to beef up air force to counter Russia
Jas Gripen fighter jets above Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea. File photo: Saab

Sweden to beef up air force to counter Russia

Sweden's centre-right government coalition announced plans on Tuesday to pump more funds into the military if the four parties win the September elections, with an emphasis on more fighter jets and submarines. READ () »

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28 October 15:16

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"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

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