What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21

What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21

What's on in Sweden: Canadian improv theatre and Morrissey in Stockholm; Funk veterans and Basketball Festival in Gothenburg; Brandy in Malmö

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Local government facing massive deficits

Despite a projected budget deficit of 3 billion kronor ($379 million) for 2009, Sweden’s county and local governments shouldn’t expect any more money from the state.

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Job cuts key to Swedish auto sector survival: experts

The path to survival for Sweden’s auto industry is cutting jobs and focusing on niche products, experts said on Wednesday.

Hungry ravens kill fourteen calves in central Sweden

Hungry ravens kill fourteen calves in central Sweden

An aggressive conspiracy of ravens is wreaking havoc on farmers in central Sweden, having killed more than a dozen animals in the last 3 months.

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Liberals: Sweden must join NATO

The Swedish Liberal Party has demanded that Sweden become a full member of NATO and argues that an open debate over the issue is needed.

Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals

Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals

Swedish opera star Malena Ernman took another step toward solidifying her pop-music credentials on Tuesday night by sailing through the first semifinal of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

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‘Psychotic’ art student charged for fake suicide

Swedish art student Anna Odell has been charged by prosecutors in Stockholm for a faked suicide attempt she acted out as a part of a final art project.

Sweden’s Lövkvist pedals to front of Giro d’Italia pack

Sweden’s Lövkvist pedals to front of Giro d’Italia pack

Swedish cyclist Thomas Lövkvist took the lead in the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, becoming the first Swede in 26 years to don the pink leader’s jersey in the Italian cycling classic.

Adam Tensta: Sweden’s great hip-hop hope

Adam Tensta: Sweden’s great hip-hop hope

Sweden's rising hip-hop star Adam Tensta talks to The Local's Majsan Boström about bright musical prospects, growing up in a tough Stockholm neighbourhood, and recording in the same studio as boyhood idol Michael Jackson.

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Language-learning bonus ‘unfair’ to struggling immigrants

A proposal to offer performance-related bonuses to immigrants who complete state-funded language courses within one year has raised concerns from both students and teachers.

Arrest in Christmas casino shooting

Arrest in Christmas casino shooting

A 23-year-old man wanted by police since December for firing shots at the entrance of Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm was arrested on Monday.

Swede convicted in US on terror charges

Swede convicted in US on terror charges

A Swedish man of Lebanese origin charged with planning to set up an Al Qaeda training camp in the United States was convicted by a New York court on Tuesday, according to prosecutors.