Management by consensus – the Swedish way

Management by consensus – the Swedish way

Swedish managers are typically supposed to be consensual, non-hierarchical and informal. How far does the stereotype match reality, asks Olle Wästberg, director-general of the Swedish Institute.

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Teen flees ahead of scheduled deportation to Croatia

A 17-year-old girl from Karlshamn in southern Sweden set to be expelled from the country following a controversial decision has disappeared ahead of her scheduled deportation.

Diplomatic life caught on camera

Diplomatic life caught on camera

Sweden's foreign ministry has characterized as unfair national public broadcaster SVT's depiction of the country's overseas diplomatic missions in a new series of documentaries.

Swedish national library in child porn scandal

Swedish national library in child porn scandal

Sweden’s legacy of lax attitudes toward pornography has come back to haunt the country’s national library, which has been found to have large quantities of child pornography in its collection.

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Laid back lifestyle lessens dementia risk: Swedish study

A laid back outlook, combined with an active lifestyle and outgoing personality may contribute to warding off the onset of dementia, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have found.

Stenvall murder suspect could face jail

Stenvall murder suspect could face jail

State psychiatric experts have found that Toni Alldén, 51, the man suspected of the murder of 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall, was not mentally ill at the time of her death and may be sentenced to imprisonment if convicted.

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‘Voodoo pimp’ has sentence reduced

A 36-year-old woman who used voodoo rituals to exercise control over prosititutes in the Gothenburg area has had her sentenced reduced to one year by the Court of Appeal.

Sweden to allow gay marriage in May

Sweden to allow gay marriage in May

Three of the parties in the four-party governing coalition have tabled a motion that is expected to pave the way for gay marriage in Sweden from May 1st this year.

Layoffs at Ericsson despite strong profits

Layoffs at Ericsson despite strong profits

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson announced it would cut 5,000 jobs, including 1,000 in Sweden, despite reporting an unexpectedly strong net profit of 3.9 billion kronor ($463 million) for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Fewer expectant mothers report drinking while pregnant

Fewer expectant mothers report drinking while pregnant

Fewer than one in ten pregnant women in Sweden report drinking alcohol when asked by maternity clinics, a new survey shows.

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Hong Kong firm wins contract to operate Stockholm’s subway

Stockholm Public Transport (SL) on Tuesday announced that a €1.9 billion ($2.45 billion) eight-year contract to run the Stockholm Metro had been awarded to Hong Kong's subway operator, MTR.