As Swedes struggle to make it through the final throes of a dark and dreary winter, millions are hoping to forget their troubles at the weekend with the start of this year’s installment of the Melodifestivalen, that shining spectacle of musical magic which inexplicably lifts the country’s forlorn spirits.
One Irish road paver has been arrested while another is wanted by police in southern Sweden after the pair ordered a schoolboy to fill their truck with stolen gravel.
Sweden’s subsidized language courses for immigrants have been given a failing grade by a state quality control agency, despite recent attempts to improve the programme’s curriculum.
A 32-year-old man has been remanded in custody in Luleå in northern Sweden on charges of plotting to poison and murder his former partner.
One of Sweden’s most notorious rapists who made contact with his victims over the internet, successfully enrolled in a distance learning course on computer security offered by a Swedish university.
Former Russian president and apparent avid Abba-fan Vladimir Putin paid £20,000 ($29,000) to fly an Abba cover band from the UK to Russia to perform a private concert for him at a remote resort.
Representatives from Ford will be meeting with investment banks in London next week to discuss the potential sale of its Volvo Cars subsidiary, Sweden’s leading business daily reported on Friday.
Income details are public property in Sweden - so much so that neighbourhood rich lists are regularly published in the press. Paul O’Mahony peers behind the figures to examine attitudes to a practice that is coming under increasing fire.
Volvo AB reported a pre-tax loss of 2.5 billion kronor ($300 million) in the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of 5.6 billion the same period a year before.
Q-Med, the company that offered free beauty enhancement treatments to Swedish female bloggers, has broken the country’s marketing laws, according to the consumer ombudsman.
Malmö police chief Ulf Sempert has reported himself following admissions that he has previous knowledge about racist comments made on board a police bus but chose not to react.