From 2010 it will become illegal to sell cigarettes in Sweden and across the EU that are not self-extinguishing. The new rules are forecast to save many of the 2,000 lives lost across the continent to fires ignited by cigarettes.
Elderly patients with a high demand for medical care should be given VIP passes and preferential hospital care, according to a new proposal from the Christian Democrat party.
Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt harshly condemned Israel's deadly assault on Gaza late Saturday, insisting the invasion would seriously hamper diplomatic attempts to find a solution to the conflict.
Snow and ice made driving treacherous on roads in souther Sweden on Saturday with a slew of accidents as a result. Passengers were left stranded at Stockholm Skavsta airport as a Ryanair flight was cancelled and roads remained blocked.
After shedding tens of thousands of jobs in recent months, Sweden should prepare for a new wave of layoffs in 2009, a survey of some of the country's top business leaders showed on Saturday.