Sweden to send emergency aid to Gaza

Sweden to send emergency aid to Gaza

Sweden said on Monday it would send 10 million kronor ($1.3 million) in extra emergency aid to Palestinians in Gaza to help deal with the humanitarian impact of Israel's massive offensive there.

Swedish city mulls total car ban

Swedish city mulls total car ban

The southern Swedish city of Lund is considering a total ban on cars and buses in its historic city centre, local newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet reports.

‘Christmas in Sweden is like Groundhog Day’

‘Christmas in Sweden is like Groundhog Day’

How many years does it take before Sweden's quirky Christmas traditions start to get irksome? Eight, says Mark Majzner.

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Gambler ‘couldn’t help’ staking bank’s money

A 29-year-old Swedish gambler has been charged with aggravated fraud after a security failure allowed him to play, and lose, 700,000 kronor ($90,000) of his bank's money.

Ukraine gas dispute heads for Stockholm arbitration

Ukraine gas dispute heads for Stockholm arbitration

The gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine could be considered by an arbitration body in Stockholm, according to reports in German and Russian media.

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Post office thief bags underwear and toy phone

A man has been charged with the theft of thousands of letters and packages while employed at the post office sorting terminal in Alvesta in southern Sweden.

18,000 layoffs in December

18,000 layoffs in December

Sweden's labour market woes continued in December as 17,960 people were made redundant, according to new figures from the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). In December 2007, by contrast, 2,397 people were let go from their jobs.

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Debt agency calls for greater compassion

Several civil servants have called for Sweden to take a more compassionate approach to people in debt.

Birdwatchers flock to Stockholm for rare sparrow sighting

Birdwatchers flock to Stockholm for rare sparrow sighting

A yellow-browed bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys) was spotted near Stockholm on Saturday. The species of sparrow has never before been spotted in Sweden and caused excitement among ornithologists who came from far and wide, Expressen reports.

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Swedes stranded in Gaza

Around twenty Swedes stranded in Gaza have been in contact with the Swedish consulate in Jerusalem to seek help leaving the war-torn area.

Sweden emerges from weekend chill

Sweden emerges from weekend chill

Temperatures dropped to below -30 degrees Celsius in parts of northern Sweden at the weekend, as the country experienced its coldest weather of the winter so far.