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'Swedish kids should be graded from age ten'
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'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 () »

Pictures: Car rips wall off southern Sweden home
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Pictures: Car rips wall off southern Sweden home

IN PICTURES: A car crashed so forcefully into a Lund home that it ripped the entire facade off the building. No one in the car or the house sustained any injuries. READ () »

Nobel body slams Merc over poem 'grave theft'
Swedish Academy Permanent Secretary Peter Englund. File photo: TT

Nobel body slams Merc over poem 'grave theft'

The Swedish Academy, the body responsible for awarding the Nobel prizes, has announced its intention to sue German carmaker Mercedes Benz over its use of a poem by deceased poet Karin Boye in a new advert. READ () »

Swedes train with Nato on Russian border

Swedes train with Nato on Russian border

Over a thousand Swedish troops are participating in a Nato training exercise close to the Russian border and have admitted the two-week drill may risk irritating the military power base in Moscow. READ () »

Swedish teacher grads promised cash bonus
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Swedish teacher grads promised cash bonus

Sweden's Education Minister Jan Björklund has pledged that graduates completing teaching degrees specializing in maths, science and technology are to be rewarded with a cash bonus. READ () »

Report: Sweden failed in decentralizing schools
Education Minister Jan Björklund. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Report: Sweden failed in decentralizing schools

Teachers' opposition to municipal control of Sweden's schools was one of the main reasons why decentralization failed, a new government report has found as election-year debate about Swedish schools heats up. READ () »

Young Swedish women often 'coerced into sex'

Young Swedish women often 'coerced into sex'

More than one third of young Swedish women have been forced to perform sexual acts against their will, a new study from Lund University has revealed. READ () »

Lundsberg hazing scandal
Two pupils convicted for boarding school hazing
The back of the burned pupil. Photo: Polisen

Two pupils convicted for boarding school hazing

A Swedish court has convicted two students at the boarding school Lundsberg of causing bodily harm, after a younger student had his back burned with an iron during hazing that provoked national soul-searching about the culture of elite schooling. READ () »

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28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"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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