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Sweden Democrat quits over anti-Muslim views

The head of the far-right Sweden Democrats’ local chapter in Falkenberg in western Sweden has quit the party in the wake of an anti-Muslim article published by party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

Famed fictional resident helps Ystad land Swedish tourism prize

Famed fictional resident helps Ystad land Swedish tourism prize

The draw of Swedish crime novel protagonist Kurt Wallander has helped the coastal town of Ystad in southern Sweden develop an award winning tourism industry.

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Sweden does most to help world’s poor: study

Sweden has the best foreign aid policies among the world’s wealthy countries, according to a new ranking.

What’s on in Sweden: October 23 – 29

What’s on in Sweden: October 23 – 29

What's on in Sweden: African film festival & lullabies for the environment in Stockholm; Hammarkullen carnival fun & exile film festival in Gothenburg; Steve Earle (US) in Malmö/Lund.

Church of Sweden says yes to gay marriage

Church of Sweden says yes to gay marriage

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden has come down in favour of church weddings for homosexuals in a vote held on Thursday morning.

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Swedish forces to remain in Afghanistan

Swedish troops are set to extend their stay in Afghanistan to the end of 2010, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Sweden releases war criminal Plavsic

Sweden releases war criminal Plavsic

Bosnian Serb war criminal Biljana Plavsic is to be released from a Swedish prison later this month after serving two thirds of an 11-year-sentence.

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Riksbank keeps interest rate at 0.25 percent

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has announced that its benchmark interest rate is to remain unchanged at 0.25 percent. The bank also reiterated that it expects the rate to remain at the same level until autumn 2010.

Ericsson hit by falling profits

Ericsson hit by falling profits

Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson announced third quarter pretax profits of 4 billion kronor ($580 million), a 35 percent drop from the 6.2 billion kronor reported for the same quarter last year.

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Basic maths befuddle Swedish third graders

One in four Swedish nine-year-olds does not understand the relationship between the four basic arithmetic operations, a set of new national test results reveals.

Söderling cruises into second round at Stockholm Open

Söderling cruises into second round at Stockholm Open

Robin Söderling continued his quest to gain a spot in next month's ATP finals, defeating Giovanni Lapentti 6-3, 6-0 on Wednesday in the first round of the Stockholm Open.