What’s on in Sweden: November 20 – 26

What’s on in Sweden: November 20 – 26

What's on in Sweden: International film festival & Simple Minds (UK) in Stockholm; Christmas market & Takida in Gothenburg; The Sonics (US) in Malmö/Lund.

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Payback unlikely for Swedes swindled by bogus brokers

More than one hundred Swedes who were defrauded of tens of millions of kronor by a group of phony stockbrokers will likely never see their money again.

EU expresses Russia human rights concerns

EU expresses Russia human rights concerns

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed concern on Wednesday over human rights deficiencies in Russia. Reinfeldt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, was speaking at the end of an EU-Russia summit.

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Sweden hands over Maori remains

Sweden on Wednesday returned the skeletal remains of Maori people, which were removed from New Zealand in the mid to late nineteenth century.

Swedish culture – a forgotten promotional tool

Swedish culture – a forgotten promotional tool

Sweden’s cultural heritage is virtually unknown outside the country’s borders. Swedes should be better at using culture to promote their own country, writes Olle Wästberg, Director-General of the Swedish Institute.

‘Who threw it?’ – Swedish YouTube frisbee mystery solved

‘Who threw it?’ – Swedish YouTube frisbee mystery solved

A Swedish newspaper has finally resolved the gripping YouTube mystery of an errant frisbee that struck a young man's face, causing him to spill a drink down the front of his shirt and go ballistic.

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Shock therapy on the rise in Sweden: report

Swedish hospitals are increasingly turning to electroshock therapy to treat depression, but have failed to adequately warn patients about the risk for memory loss associated with the treatment, a Sveriges Television (SVT) report reveals.

Five percent of Swedes on sickness benefits

Five percent of Swedes on sickness benefits

Nearly one in ten Swedes in their forties is currently receiving some type of benefit due to illness or disability, according to a new report.

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Young woman with swine flu dies in Sweden

A 20-year-old woman from Norrköping in eastern Sweden has died after contracting the swine flu virus.

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Swedish man charged for blackmailing sex buyer

A businessman from southern Sweden who attempted to pay for sex from two 18-year-old women instead found himself caught up in a blackmail scheme.

Lack of doctors for troops in Afghanistan

Lack of doctors for troops in Afghanistan

Despite increased risks facing Swedish troops in Afghanistan, vital medical personnel are still in short supply in the field.

Court upholds conviction for Swedish hockey player’s on-ice fight

Court upholds conviction for Swedish hockey player’s on-ice fight

A Swedish ice hockey player who was sentenced to two months in prison after fighting with an opposing player has had his sentence reduced upon appeal.