Churchyards hit by fungus on their Busy Lizzies

Churchyards hit by fungus on their Busy Lizzies

Several churchyards across Sweden have been hit by an outbreak of leaf fungus on their Busy Lizzies.

Two hurt as ‘gyrocopter’ crashes near Stockholm

Two hurt as ‘gyrocopter’ crashes near Stockholm

A woman was seriously injured and a man sustained minor injuries as their "gyrocopter" home-made aircraft crashed in Upplands-Bro, north of Stockholm at around midday on Saturday.

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Grenade attack as Malmö gang violence escalates

A hand grenade exploded against the wall of an apartment block in Malmö early on Saturday morning. No one was hurt in the attack which has been linked to a recent spate of gang violence.

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Government slashes growth forecasts

Sweden's centre-right government on Friday slashed its 2008 and 2009 growth forecasts but said the country was still well-positioned to ride out the global economic slowdown.

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Fermented herring – a smelly Swedish speciality

Every year on the third Thursday in August, Swedes gather with friends and family to celebrate the start of the season for fermented Baltic herring, or surströmming as it is called in Swedish. AFP's Pauline Conradsson was there to share in the fun.

Table tennis veteran in semi-final loss

Table tennis veteran in semi-final loss

Swedish table-tennis veteran Jörgen Persson met his match in China's world number one Wang Hao in the men's table tennis semi-finals on Saturday. The host nation is guaranteed the gold after Wang Hao beat Persson 4-1.