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Clothing chief tops Swedish tax league

The Swedish head of retail clothing giant H&M paid more tax last year than anybody else in the country, business daily Dagens Industri reports.

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‘Hemorrhoid patient’ gets ten years for heroin smuggling

A 52-year-old woman was sentenced to ten years in prison on Friday for trying to smuggle nearly five kilogrammes of heroin into Sweden.

Ikea’s Swedish operation reports strong 2008 profits

Ikea’s Swedish operation reports strong 2008 profits

The Swedish division of global home furnishings giant Ikea reported pre-tax profits of 2.1 billion kronor ($263 million) for the 2008 fiscal year, adding that shops remain crowded despite the financial crisis.

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Police investigate bank card fraud at Toys R Us

Shoppers in Malmö are being advised to cancel their bank cards if they bought goods at Toys R Us in recent weeks, as police work to unravel an intricate fraud operation.

Slander accusations at Arboga killer appeal

Slander accusations at Arboga killer appeal

Christine Schürrer, the German woman sentenced to life in prison for killing two toddlers in Arboga, refused to answer prosecutors' questions during a hearing on Friday in front of the Svea Court of Appeal.

Christmas shopping: Swedish design online

Christmas shopping: Swedish design online

Some of it is sleek, and some of it is just plain weird. Some of it’s pretty, and some of it is just plain ugly…by design. Here’s The Local’s guide to the best of Swedish design online.

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Christmas booze gets stuck in the post

Sending alcoholic drinks through the Swedish postal system can be a tricky business - unless you happen to order from the state alcohol retail monopoly, explains Mark Majzner.

Boys blocked from bearing ‘girls-only’ Lucia crown

Boys blocked from bearing ‘girls-only’ Lucia crown

While generally supportive of equality between the sexes, Swedes still resist tampering with the Lucia holiday tradition which stipulates only girls should bear a candle-lit crown on December 13th.

Five family members jailed for axe attack

Five family members jailed for axe attack

Five members of the same family were found guilty on Friday of involvement in a vicious axe attack against a 47-year-old man last spring near Haparanda in northern Sweden.

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School hires teacher convicted of sexual harassment

A Swedish school teacher previously convicted for sexual harassment of two 14-year-old girls has received a new teaching assignment in southern Sweden.

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Four in custody after major cannabis bust in Stockholm

Police in Stockholm confiscated 140 kilogrammes of cannabis and arrested four men last weekend in raids carried out at several suburban locations last weekend.

Sweden tops child welfare ranking

Sweden tops child welfare ranking

When it comes to caring for children, Sweden ranks highest among the world’s wealthy countries, according to a new report from the United Nations children’s organization, Unicef.