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Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Sweden's three elite boarding schools can no longer charge tuition fees, the government announced on Thursday, in a string of changes following a two-year review. READ  

'You're no rapist if you think it's a game': court

'You're no rapist if you think it's a game': court

An appeals court ruled on Monday that a man was not guilty of raping a woman because he had "no intent to rape her" during a session of violent sexual intercourse he thought was part of a game. READ  

Lundqvist shines as Rangers reach NHL final
Henrik Lundqvist in action for the New York Rangers. Photo: AP

Lundqvist shines as Rangers reach NHL final

Swedish ice-hockey ace Henrik Lundqvist had an 18-save shutout as the New York Rangers advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in 20 years on Thursday with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. READ  

Ban Nazis from school visits: Björklund

Ban Nazis from school visits: Björklund

Sweden's education minister Jan Björklund has suggested the law should be changed so that neo-Nazi parties can't participate in school visits. READ  

Swedish film claims Cannes jury prize
Swedish director Ruben Östlund in Cannes. Photo: TT

Swedish film claims Cannes jury prize

Swedish director Ruben Östlund's film "Force majeure" won the jury's special prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, ending a highly successful week after critics acclaimed the work which is critical of the nuclear family. READ  

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Abba to Sanna: Sweden's ten best Eurovision hits

Abba to Sanna: Sweden's ten best Eurovision hits

VIDEOS: With Eurovision in full swing next door and with Sweden in the running to win, The Local rounds up the best songs ever to represent Sweden in the annual pop extravaganza. READ  

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ  

'Swedish kids should be graded from age ten'
File photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

'Swedish kids should be graded from age ten'

The Swedish government said on Monday that Swedish school children should be graded from year four when students are around ten years old, cutting the current grading norm by two years. READ  

New bid to help foreign pupils learn Swedish

New bid to help foreign pupils learn Swedish

The Swedish government wants to inject 1.8 billion kronor ($250 million) into Swedish language courses for students with foreign backgrounds, a move that would see a surge in new teaching positions. READ  

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