Uppsala father gets two years in prison

A 58-year-old father of four in Uppsala has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for abusing his wife and children.

Uppsala father gets two years in prison

The man was also ordered to pay almost 400,000 kronor ($56,000) in damages to his wife and three of his children by the Uppsala district court.

The court considered the children’s testimony to be reliable and considered it proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the father had kept them locked up in the family apartment between September 2003 and March 2004.

The court also concluded that the man’s actions exceeded the rights and duties of a parent and guardian to influence and control the personal relationships of one’s children, as afforded by law.

The low age of the children at the time of the events, that it was the father that had exposed them to the criminal act and the duration of the abuse, were all factors considered when determining the level of damages. In addition the children’s lost school time was considered to have had an impact on their education as they are now of consenting age and need to fund their own education.

One of the daughters, the fourth and youngest child, is not deemed to have been victim of any crime. The girl witnessed in court in support of her father but her testimony was not considered by the court to be reliable.

The father was also on trial on charges of having assaulted and threatened his wife on five separate occasions, but on four of the five occasions it was a case of word against word.

The court wrote that the man’s wife appeared reliable but that the available evidence was insufficient to convict.

The man was however convicted for having assaulted her on the occasion that one of her sons was a witness, and for having, on the same occasion, assaulted and threatened to kill the son with a knife.

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Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Three Swedish universities made it into the top 100 in an annual ranking of the world's best schools on Tuesday, but some of the country's higher education seats dropped from last year.

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Students at Lund University. Photo: Aline Lessner/

Lund in southern Sweden was again picked as Sweden's top university and came 73rd in the QS World University Rankings, but dropped three ranks on last year (and down from 60 in 2014).

Eight Swedish universities feature in the QS rankings, and all but three fell in the global list.

The ancient Uppsala University climbed back to the top 100, landing a spot in 98th place. Further down the list, Linköping and Umeå Universities both edged up to 282nd and 294th place, up from 286th and 319th, respectively.

The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) dropped from 92nd to 97th place. Gothenburg-based Chalmers University of Technology fell from number 132 to 139 (which is still an improvement on its 175th place in the 2014 QS World University Rankings).

Lund was given a five-star ranking in addition to its place in the list. “Lund is Sweden's most attractive study destination. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations,” read the QS description.

“The university has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries. Funding of more than 5 billion kronor a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives Lund one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity.”

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Now in their 13th year, the annual rankings are compiled by global higher education analysts Quacquerelli Symonds (QS), and rank 916 institutions according to four key pillars: research, teaching employability and internationalization.

For the first time in more than a decade US universities took all three top spots, with MIT placing first for the fifth successive year ahead of Stanford and Harvard, knocking Britain's Cambridge to fourth.

Tuesday's list comes less than a month after the Shanghai Rankings, which picked the Karolinska Institute as the best university in Sweden.