Smokers face higher insurance costs

Smokers face higher insurance costs

“Our aim is not to make more money; the added proceeds will be used to cover non-smokers, who will be paying lower premiums in the long term,” write Skandia Norden CEO Bertil Hult, Per Täckenström, medical risk assessor at Skandia Liv, and medical insurance advisor Dr Gundars Rasmanis in an article in Dagens Nyheter.

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Opposition calls for country of origin labels on meat

Sweden's three ‘red-green’ opposition parties have called for all meat products sold in the EU to be labelled with their country of origin. The demand comes in the wake of widely publicised reports on the treatment of Danish pigs. However, agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson (Centre Party) has rejected mandatory labelling on the grounds that it could be too expensive, according to Swedish Radio.

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Commercial fishing to come under new scrutiny

The impact of environmentally sensitive fishing on biologically important marine areas along Sweden’s coasts will be the subject of a new inquiry. The National Board of Fisheries (Fiskeriverket), the Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) and county administrative boards have been tasked with reviewing ways of applying the Swedish Environmental Code and the Fisheries Act.

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Woman nearly drowned in unprovoked assault

A 30-year-old woman was attacked and nearly drowned outside the seaside town of Kungsbacka in southern Sweden yesterday. The woman had taken her two small children to a beach near Vallda outside Kungsbacka.

20-year-old confesses to murder

20-year-old confesses to murder

The 20-year-old arrested for the murder in Linköping of a 26-year-old mother of a small child confessed to the killing on Friday evening, according to several media sources.

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Poll dip for main parties ahead of EU elections

Support for the Moderate party has dropped five percentage points to 22.6 percent, according to opinion polls on upcoming elections to the European Parliament conducted by Sifo since April. The Social Democrats, who have also lost ground, now stand at 31.7 percent.