Sweden braces for Melodifestivalen 2009

Sweden braces for Melodifestivalen 2009

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.

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Swedish schoolboy threatened by Irish gravel thieves

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.

Reforms proposed for Sweden’s immigrant language classes

Reforms proposed for Sweden’s immigrant language classes

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.

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Man planned to poison ex-girlfriend

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.

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‘Internet rapist’ enrolled in computer security class

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.

Russia’s Putin pays thousands for secret ‘Abba’ show

Russia’s Putin pays thousands for secret ‘Abba’ show

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.

Sale of Volvo Cars advancing: report

Sale of Volvo Cars advancing: report

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.

Newspaper rich lists: public service or invasion of privacy?

Newspaper rich lists: public service or invasion of privacy?

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 Group finishes 2008 with huge loss

Volvo Group finishes 2008 with huge loss

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’s beauty blogger offer ‘illegal’: agency

Q-Med’s beauty blogger offer ‘illegal’: agency

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.

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Malmö police chief ‘knew of racist remarks’

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.