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‘Banana’ unlikely in inaugural address: Swedish bookmaker

Barack Obama is exceedingly unlikely to mention the word "banana" in his inaugural speech next week, according to a Swedish bookmaker.

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Ikea creates Oval Office replica

Swedish flatpack furniture giant Ikea has erected a replica Oval Office at Union Station in Washington DC this week in a bid to cash in on the inauguration of president elect Barack Obama.

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Swedish schools to offer ‘elite’ courses

Sweden’s National Agency for Education (Skolverket) on Thursday named 10 high schools to participate in a new initiative designed to give top performing students a chance to take university-level courses.

Gala concert in Stockholm to mark Obama inaguration

Gala concert in Stockholm to mark Obama inaguration

Inspired by Barack Obama’s ascendency to the White House, Cyndee Peters, a legendary Stockholm-based gospel singer from North Carolina, has rented out the city’s famed Konserthuset for a musical gala to honour the United States’ 44th president.

Drinking coffee reduces Alzheimer’s risk: study

Drinking coffee reduces Alzheimer’s risk: study

Middle-aged people who consume modest amounts of coffee can significantly lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by Finnish and Swedish researchers released on Thursday.

Stockholm to get 4G mobile network in 2010

Stockholm to get 4G mobile network in 2010

Mobile broadband users in Stockholm will soon be able to surf the internet on a new high speed 4G network, following the signing of a deal between Ericsson and TeliaSonera.

High speed taxi birth for back seat baby

High speed taxi birth for back seat baby

Cab driver Ali Hossinian's last pick-up of the night resulted in a high speed dash for the hospital and the successful birth of the Johansson-Domeij family's second child.

New krona design to mark Sweden’s loss of Finland

New krona design to mark Sweden’s loss of Finland

The Riksbank has announced plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Finland’s separation from Sweden through the issuing of a new design for the 1 krona coin.

What’s on in Sweden: January 16 – 22

What’s on in Sweden: January 16 – 22

What's on in Sweden: New York theatre company and world class jazz in Stockholm; Emergenza festival in Gothenburg; Josh Rouse in Malmö.

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Sweden faces rising budget deficit

Swedish government borrowing is expected to increase over the next two years as the National Debt Office (Riksgälden) raises its budget deficit forecast for 2009 and 2010.

Swedish girls start smoking earlier: study

Swedish girls start smoking earlier: study

Swedish girls are starting to smoke at younger ages than their counterparts in other countries, according to a new study.

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New police taskforces to tackle organized crime

In an effort to combat the spread of organized crime in Sweden, police plan to create nine nationally-led taskforces to fight criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and other gang-related criminals.

Prototypes stolen from Sony Ericsson lab

Prototypes stolen from Sony Ericsson lab

A worker at Sony Ericsson’s facilities in Lund in southern Sweden is suspected of having stolen several mobile phone prototypes each valued at around 50,000 kronor ($6,000).