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China defeat Sweden in Olympic opener

Sweden have a mountain to climb if they are to advance beyond the group stages in Beijing after a 2-1 defeat to hosts China on day one of the Olympic women's football tournament, two days before the Games are officially opened.

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Fewer used car sales in Sweden

The Swedish market for used cars appears to be weakening, according to new statistics

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West Ham release Freddie Ljungberg

Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg was released from his contract with West Ham on Wednesday, a statement on the club's website confirmed.

Child murder suspect ‘lied to police’

Child murder suspect ‘lied to police’

Christine Schürrer, on trial for the murder of two toddlers, admitted in court today that she lied or withheld the truth during questioning in an effort to keep details from police.

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‘Storm victim’ was in Spain

A man originally feared to have drowned in the Stockholm archipelago in this week's storm has arrived home alive and well after spending a few days in sunny Spain, unbeknownst to his deeply concerned girlfriend.

The Local’s guide to Sweden’s Olympic favourites

The Local’s guide to Sweden’s Olympic favourites

With the official opening of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games just days away, The Local offers readers a quick guide to some of Sweden’s medal hopefuls.

Hitman ‘lied’ about gambling baron’s role

Hitman ‘lied’ about gambling baron’s role

Prosecutors’ hopes of convicting gambling baron Rade Kotur suffered a setback on Tuesday after one of their star witnesses, convicted killer Nenad Misovic, recanted testimony about being hired to take out one of Kotur’s rivals.

Is Sweden obsessed with booze?

Is Sweden obsessed with booze?

As champagne showers come bucketing down over Stockholm, David Bartal wonders if excessive drinking is the key to successful living in Sweden.

Lindberg becomes first woman to chair IOC session

Lindberg becomes first woman to chair IOC session

Sweden's Gunilla Lindberg became the first woman to preside over an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session on Wednesday as incumbent president Jacques Rogge had to leave prematurely for Belgium's Olympic flag raising ceremony.

Björkman looking to bow out with gold

Björkman looking to bow out with gold

Swedish veteran Jonas Björkman may be entering the final straight of his tennis career but he is still dreaming of claiming Olympic gold in Beijing.

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Swedish singer loses fight for his right to party

A 21-year-old singer tried to weasel his way out of Sweden’s hefty tax on imported alcohol by claiming that partying and free-flowing booze were occupational requirements for rock 'n roll stars.

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Man in hospital after escalator collapse

A worker was seriously injured when an escalator fell on top of him at Stockholm’s central train station on Tuesday night.

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Saab Automobile losses continue to shrink

Saab Automobile lost nearly 2.2 billion kronor ($360 million) in 2007, reports the Dagens Industry newspaper.