Woman ‘not a suspect’ in Pakistan terror probe

Woman ‘not a suspect’ in Pakistan terror probe

A Swedish woman arrested in Pakistan three weeks ago, along with her child and two other Swedes, is not a terror suspect, a source close to the Pakistani authorities said on Thursday.

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Immigration increases foreign trade: study

Increased immigration to Sweden in recent years has helped boost the country’s foreign trade, a new study shows.

English emerging as Sweden’s language of laughs

English emerging as Sweden’s language of laughs

English-language comedy has established a firm foothold in Sweden, writes Ben Kersley, with even local comedians increasingly trying their hand at being funny in a tongue they speak with enviable fluency.

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Finalists named for Astrid Lindgren children’s literature award

Nearly 170 authors and organizations from the world of children’s literature were named on Thursday as finalists for the world’s largest prize in the genre, named for the late Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Demand slump fails to dent Ikea’s earnings

Demand slump fails to dent Ikea’s earnings

Swedish furniture maker Ikea took in a record €21.5 billion ($30.1 billion) in earnings so far this year, the company said on Thursday, despite weaker demand.

Astrid Lindgren’s lasting literary legacy

Astrid Lindgren’s lasting literary legacy

In children’s literature, late Swedish author Astrid Lindgren continues to be synonymous with the highest standards in writing, imagination and imagery, not only because of her books, but also for an award that helps foster excellence in a new generation of children’s authors, The Local’s Lyida Parafianowicz discovered.

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‘Social media key to election success’: survey

Social media are set to dominate the general election campaign in Sweden in 2010. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and blogs will all play their part, according to a new survey of local politicians.

Hollywood wife lays in to Swedish men

Hollywood wife lays in to Swedish men

The Swedish-born wife of Las Vegas crooner Paul Anka has called Swedish men "tragic" for their "nappy changing" and "equality nonsense". LA housewife Anna Anka argues that she could be a role model for Swedish women to follow.

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Women’s refuges to gain from new research funds

The Swedish government has announced the allocation of 200 million kronor ($29 million) over ten years to support research into non-profit civil society groups such as women's refuges.

Ibrahimovic shines in Inter stalemate

Ibrahimovic shines in Inter stalemate

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced his best performance yet in a Barcelona shirt as the champions were held to a 0-0 draw by Inter Milan in the Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday.

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Bosnian Serbs hail war criminal’s release

The Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik praised the decision of the UN war crimes court to grant early release to Biljana Plavsic, a convicted was criminal serving time in a Swedish prison.

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Canada clears Ericsson’s bid for Nortel

The Canadian government will not stand in the way of Swedish firm Ericsson's $1.13 billion deal to buy a slice of Nortel's mobile telephone division, Industry Minister Tony Clement confirmed on Wednesday.