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Saab exec quits over office romance

The communications director of Swedish aerospace firm Saab is to leave her job. The reason: an office romance - with the company's CEO, Åke Svensson.

Communications boss Helena Stålnert announced the move on Thursday in an interview with Dagens Industri.

“Our relationship is at an early stage, but we are both serious and want to stay together. And it’s impossible for us to work in the same management team,” she said.

Stålnert said they had decided that, as her job was more junior than Svensson’s, she would resign. She said she would finish off current projects at Saab before looking for new work.

Stålnert is a former television journalist, and was previously editor of SVT’s Aktuellt news show.

Svensson said he had discussed the situation with Saab chairman Marcus Wallenberg and had informed the board. He said that while the company has no specific policy to deal with romance between executives, he and Stålnert had considered the consequences for both themselves and for Saab.He added that he and Stålnert were “very happy together”.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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