The recession has also hit demand for items produced at Sweden's prisons. Prisoners are now at risk of being left with idle hands.
Swedish boxing legend Ingemar "Ingo" Johansson was buried in Gothenburg on Friday. More than 1,300 people were there to see the former world champ laid to rest.
Swedish supermarket chain Ica has announced that it is to stop selling bras for 7-year-olds in its Ica Maxi stores in response to customer protests.
A senior police officer in Kalmar in southern Sweden has been suspended for referring to a female colleague as the "station whore".
A 44-year-old Swede has fallen victim to the catastrophic fires that have hit the southern Australia province of Victoria in recent weeks.