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Sweden to prioritize deportations in 2009

Swedish police are mulling chartering special planes in anticipation of the government’s wishes to step up the pace of deportations of the thousands of unsuccessful asylum seekers estimated to be in the country.

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One third of jobless lack insurance

Almost one third of people out of work in Sweden lack unemployment insurance and rely on dole payouts of a maximum 5,500 kronor ($715) per month after tax, according to new figures from the public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

File sharing reaches the masses in Sweden

File sharing reaches the masses in Sweden

Nearly 700,000 Swedes, or close to 8 percent of the population, used peer-to-peer file sharing programs in early 2008, according to new statistics.

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Swedish quake ‘strongest in two decades’

The earthquake which rattled southern Sweden on Tuesday morning wasn’t as powerful as initially thought, according to new data about the tremor.

What’s the best thing about Christmastime in Sweden?

What’s the best thing about Christmastime in Sweden?

Every week a panel of readers discusses a topic of current interest. This week: Christmas in Sweden - ho, ho, ho or no, no, no?

Doctors missed pencil in Swedish boy’s brain

Doctors missed pencil in Swedish boy’s brain

Two doctors from Karlskrona in southern Sweden have been reprimanded for failing to spot the five centimetre piece chunk of a pencil lodged in the brain of a 14-year-old boy.

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Sweden’s Debt Office announces krona purchase

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) announced plans to purchase up to 15 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) and increase its share of foreign currency debt in an effort to reduce the costs of servicing Sweden’s government debt.

Release date set for triple murderer

Release date set for triple murderer

Nikita Fouganthine, the man responsible for the brutal murders of three people in a village in northern Sweden in 1988, is to be released from jail in February, a Helsinki court ruled on Wednesday.

Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda following UN report

Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda following UN report

Foreign aid minister Gunilla Carlsson said on Wednesday that Sweden is stopping aid to Rwanda for 2008 after the UN found evidence the country was supporting armed rebels in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Crematorium to help heat Swedish town

In a bid to increase energy efficiency, a town in western Sweden is planning to connect the local crematorium to its district heating system.

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Heart patient died while doctor slept

An anesthesiologist who was asleep wearing earplugs while on-call at a Swedish hospital is facing disciplinary action after missing an alert that a patient’s heart had stopped.