Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf urged listeners to dwell on the positive in a world plagued by climate problems and recession, in his traditional radio speech on Christmas Day.
Police were on Thursday searching for an unidentified gunman who left three people nursing gunshot wounds after he opened fire when refused entry to the Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm on Christmas Eve.
As usual millions of Swedes tuned in to the traditional "Donald Duck and his friends wish you all a Merry Christmas" show on national television on Christmas Eve. The irascible duck's popularity has however waned in recent years.
Weather forecasters in Sweden are warning drivers of icy and treacherous conditions on Christmas morning.
A huge fire destroyed student housing in Umeå in northern Sweden on Christmas Eve. Fire services had a busy night as a wave of arson attacks were reported across the country.
A man was found murdered early on Christmas Eve at an apartment in a refugee centre in Sundsvall in northern Sweden. Another man sustained stab wounds in the attack.
Three people were shot and injured by an unidentified gunman shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve at Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm.