Outlook chilly for New Year period

Outlook chilly for New Year period

Clear skies and chilly temperatures are forecast by Sweden's meteorological agency, SMHI, over the New Year period in most areas.

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Borg best in popularity stakes

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg is ranked highly by his party colleagues while defence minister Sten Tolgfors and trade minister Ewa Björling scored low in the popularity stakes among their peers.

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Lush scents incur allergy group wrath

The Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association has argued that the scents emanating from the Luleå branch of the international chain Lush are a health hazard and the store should be ordered to close its doors.

Three films dominate award nominations

Three films dominate award nominations

The Swedish Film Institute has announced the nominations for the 2008 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's national film awards. A trio of films dominates the list.

Burkini and finance crunch add to Swedish vocabulary

Burkini and finance crunch add to Swedish vocabulary

The global finance collapse in the autumn and swimwear for Muslim women are among the phenomena of 2008 that have thrown up a slew of new words proposed for inclusion in the vocabulary of the Swedish language.

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Police hire container to detain drunk skiers

Police in Värmland in western Sweden have announced plans to hire a custom-made freight container to house drunk skiers and rowdy youths while they sober up.

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Late spurt saves Christmas retail

A late spurt on the cusp of Christmas saved the festive season for hard-hit retailers. The Swedish Retail Institute (HUI) has forecast that sales will top last year's record.

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More unrest in Malmö suburb

A number of disturbances broke out in a suburb of Malmö on Monday night. Four youths were arrested as police battled to impose order.

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Auditors lash out at student loans body

State auditors have launched a stinging critique of student loans body CSN and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) for their failure to chase up debts owed by people living abroad.

Demo in Stockholm over Gaza bombings

Demo in Stockholm over Gaza bombings

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the Swedish capital on Monday to protest against Israeli air attacks on the Gaza Strip, setting an Israeli flag alight and chanting "Israel, murderer."