Five Swedes tested for swine flu

Five Swedes tested for swine flu

At least five people in Sweden are being examined for possible exposure to swine flu, according to an official with the Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

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Baltic states agree on Sweden power link

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed in Vilnius on Monday on a key undersea power link between Sweden and Lithuania that would connect the three Baltic states into the Scandinavian energy grid.

Fetishism goes pop culture: Sweden’s latest social trend

Fetishism goes pop culture: Sweden’s latest social trend

Even in Sweden, a country with traditionally liberal views about sexuality, fetishism has long been considered a taboo subject. But as The Local’s Rami Abdelrahman discovered recently, it appears that fetishism is finding a mainstream foothold in Swedish society.

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze

Swedish teenagers are drinking less alcohol than they were a few years ago. It has become hip to be sober, according to the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Folkhälsoinstitutet).

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Foreign students help boost numbers at Swedish colleges

The number of students enrolled at Swedish universities climbed in 2008 for the first time since the early 2000s, new statistics from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskolverket) show.

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Sweden tops European rape league – but that doesn’t tell the whole story

Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe - twice as many as "runner up" the UK, a new study shows. But the figures don't tell the whole story, says the professor who led the study.

Scania sees profits and orders plummet

Scania sees profits and orders plummet

Net profits at Swedish truckmaker Scania plunged 93 percent to 179 million kronor for the first quarter ($21.8 million), the company reported on Monday as orders for new vehicles also took a dive.

Lund wins bid to host new particle accelerator

Lund wins bid to host new particle accelerator

The university town of Lund in southern Sweden is set to become the site of a new particle accelerator, Max IV, Lund University announced on Monday.

Borg blasts US and UK over financial crisis

Borg blasts US and UK over financial crisis

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg has criticized how the United States and Britain have managed the financial crisis and wants smaller countries to have more influence on the global economy.

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Bouncer remanded in custody for Gamla Stan shooting

The 41-year-old bouncer suspected of having shot a couple in Gamla Stan in central Stockholm last Tuesday was remanded in custody on Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Bildt to Sri Lanka for ceasefire talks

Bildt to Sri Lanka for ceasefire talks

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt will visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday, along with his counterparts from Britain and France, following a the government in Colombo’s decision to reject a ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger rebels.