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What’s On in Sweden: December 25th – 31st

What’s on in Sweden: Choral Christmas in Stockholm, a New Year's Eve run in Gothenburg and get your skates on in Malmö.

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Cross-party support for Volvo deal

Enterprise Minster Maud Olofsson was joined by leading Social Democrats on Wednesday in welcoming a deal over the sale of Volvo Cars to China's Geely. But labour group Unionen expressed concern for the future of the Swedish marque.

Young Swedish women more likely to have sex with each other: study

Young Swedish women more likely to have sex with each other: study

Young Swedes have ever more fluid definitions of sex and sexuality, according to a new study from Malmö University in southern Sweden. Women in particular are more likely to pursue sexual activities with others of the same gender.

China’s Geely: from fridge parts to car giant

China’s Geely: from fridge parts to car giant

The Geely group, which US auto giant Ford said Wednesday had agreed to terms for buying its Swedish brand Volvo, began as a refrigerator parts supplier but, in just two decades, has grown into one of China's largest private carmakers.

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Parents refused right to name son Allah

In the latest battle over what people may legally call their children, the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) has ruled that the parents of a two-month-old boy in Skåne in southern Sweden may not call their child Allah.

Ford confirms Volvo sale agreement

Ford confirms Volvo sale agreement

US auto giant Ford confirmed late on Wednesday morning that an agreement has been reached to sell Volvo Cars to Zhejiang Geely Holding. The deal is to be signed in the first quarter of 2010 and completed in the second quarter.

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Immigrants listed as a ‘risk factor’ nationwide

It is not just HSB housing association in Skåne in southern Sweden that has classified immigrants as a risk factor in assessments of working environments. The criteria have been used by real estate companies across the entire country for at least a decade, reports Swedish daily Metro.

Spud missile offender found not guilty due to age

Spud missile offender found not guilty due to age

A court in western Sweden has cleared a potato-gun-wielding 15-year-old boy of weapons charges due to his young age.

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Swedish funding bodies: ‘Apply in English’

A number of Swedish organizations that provide research funding have petitioned the Swedish government to require potential recipients to submit their applications in English, a practice that the Swedish Ombudsman of Justice (Justitieombudsmannen) has ruled to be in violation of Swedish language law.

Gävle goat succumbs to flames

Gävle goat succumbs to flames

Yuletide arsonists have once again successfully set the Gävle goat ablaze. Police received a call around 3am on Wednesday that the Christmas goat in the eastern Swedish town was on fire.

Women twice as likely to get whiplash: study

Women twice as likely to get whiplash: study

Women run twice the risk of men of whiplash injuries during a car accident. Furthermore, whiplash prevention measures in new cars are much less effective for women than for their male counterparts, according to a new study.