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GM set to wind down Saab

AFP/The Local · 18 Dec 2009, 16:27

Published: 18 Dec 2009 14:44 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Dec 2009 16:27 GMT+01:00

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GM said in a statement it failed to reach an agreement with Dutch sports car maker Spyker on a sale of the division, following the withdrawal of a bid from Sweden's Koenigsegg Group AB.

"GM had been in discussions with Spyker Cars about its interest in acquiring Saab," the Detroit firm's statement said.

"During the due diligence, certain issues arose that both parties believe could not be resolved."

"Despite the best efforts of all involved, it has become very clear that the due diligence required to complete this complex transaction could not be executed in a reasonable time," GM Europe president Nick Reilly said.

"In order to maintain operations, Saab needed a quick resolution. We regret that we were not able to complete this transaction with Spyker Cars. We will work closely with the Saab organization to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner. This is not a bankruptcy or forced liquidation process."

GM said the move to end Saab operations was among "some very difficult but necessary business decisions" as the new US auto giant tries to restore profitability after a massive bankruptcy restructuring aided by the US and Canadian governments.

The company has decided to end its Saturn and Pontiac brands in the United States and has reached a deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese buyer.

Earlier this week, GM agreed to sell some Saab assets to China's Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.

State-owned BAIC will acquire the technology for Saab's 9-3 and 9-5 car models, turbine engines and gearboxes, allowing the Chinese firm to develop its own-brand cars using the Swedish carmaker's technology.

GM said that in the wind-down of Saab, it would satisfy debts including supplier payments and would continue to honor warranties and provide parts to Saab owners around the world.

GM said that in the wind-down of Saab, it would satisfy debts including supplier payments and would continue to honor warranties and provide parts to Saab owners around the world.

Saab employs some 3,400 people in Sweden and sold just over 93,000 cars worldwide in 2008.

Up to an estimated 15,000 jobs could disappear in a Saab shutdown, including those of suppliers and subcontractors, and if they also shut down that could pose a problem for Sweden's other carmaker Volvo, owned by US-based Ford Motor Co.

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Under GM's stewardship spanning almost two decades, Saab rarely posted a profit and last year lost 3 billion kronor ($341 million at the time).

Last month, GM reversed plans to sell its European Opel/Vauxhall division and to restructure those operations on its own. Analysts noted that Opel, unlike Saab, is integrated into GM's global operations.

Saab's history as an automaker dates back to the 1940s, when the first cars were produced by the Swedish aircraft maker Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget or SAAB. GM acquired Saab Automobile in 1990.

An iconic brand: Saab's history in pictures

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15:03 December 18, 2009 by Roger O. Thornhill
GM wouldn't have time to do due diligence? Spyker intended to buy SAAB.
15:26 December 18, 2009 by testUserName
I assume that Koenigsegg was never serious in buying SAAB. They just found a "cheap" method to advertise themselves.
15:31 December 18, 2009 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Ive never like Saabs, but it's sad to see a historic brand lineage disappear like this.

Shame no scandinavian consortium couldn't put together a proposal, scale down the company and return it to profitability.
15:43 December 18, 2009 by andreaT
Devastating news for everyone who has worked so, so hard this last year to try to save Saab. It is a shame GM cannot extend its own self-imposed deadline to do the due diligence?
15:49 December 18, 2009 by Twiceshy
3400 Saab employees in Sweden, and how many in suppliers? Will those suppliers go out of business, or do they also have other big customers that can keep them in business?

Anyway, I'm glad the government didn't bail out Saab, as it would be a money losing business...
15:50 December 18, 2009 by Flying Scotsman
I never thought it would come to this, it is a shame. They could have at least wound the firm down to a point where supply meets demand and slowly rebuilt the company.
15:57 December 18, 2009 by rahpor
It's clear that it was not GM's intention to sell Saab to another party. This is the second due dilligence and it seems to be that some strange issues occure when the deep dive is being done.

Good thing the economy in Sweden is booming and that these over 10000 involved emoployees (incl. suppliers) can easily find other jobs so they do have a merry christmas with their families! (this is cynical)
16:01 December 18, 2009 by Twiceshy
@Flying Scotsman:

The real question is, if they can't be profitable at the current sales volume, how would they be profitable by reducing supply? There's a reason why small car brands get bought out by huge car consortiums.

It's definitely true that the car market is over-supplied, but not all brands can downsize and survive.
16:17 December 18, 2009 by rumcajs
shame, shame, shame.

I know very well why I have a Toyota Prius and not a SAAB.... coz I drive a loooot in the city and Toyotas are good.

What I don't know (or just refuse to accept) is why sooo many people rather buy a VW or a BMW for twice the price of a SAAB with the same features and YES... same quality.

I'm into cars and I have dealed with cars. I've got to know many cars and many members of my family work with cars for a living... and you know what? SAAB's were not bad quality cars, and average SAAB would give the same trouble as any VW or BMW. But people wanted the brand to show off and not the quality and features to enjoy. And the ones who don't think like that... simply didn't buy them coz someone said that the quality was bad for some reason I don't know and they don't even know them selves coz any "--PRO.--" would tell you the oposite.

I hear a colleague telling someone that he thinks that his brother is making a lot of money coz he bought a SAAB 9-3 ... and he has him-self a RENAULT that costs about the same as THAT SAAB.

People superficialism and SAAB's aparently non existing marketing dep. (now FOR SURE non existing) are the ones to thank.

Ok then. I'll take some snus and pray for all those who just lost their jobs.
16:26 December 18, 2009 by saabdude
A very sad day to be sure. I have owned SAABs for 32 years, and wanted NOTHING else. One thing is for sure...there won't be ANY GM products in my garage...EVER.

My thoughts go out to all the SAAB employees worldwide. Having had two airlines I worked for go out of business, I feel your sadness and pain...especially at this time of year.
16:33 December 18, 2009 by Plowbridge
SAAB's sad demise has been inevitable for quite a while now.

By the time Reinfeldt's government have finished with copying other's disastrous conservative policies they would have either sold off or resided over the disappearance of much of Sweden's heritage. The cronies around the government will do all right though.
16:38 December 18, 2009 by Hamish
gurgle gurgle!!!

and its gone

sorry but for me i could not give a dam as the dealing´s i have had with the saab car´s and the people that run the business have all been shite

so good bye you wont be missed by me anyway
16:40 December 18, 2009 by Bumblebeetuna
Saad to hear. 15000 jobs multiplied by 30 would give a good idea of a comparable job loss in the US. Just for comparative numbers. It's like the US loosing half a million jobs. All going to China or so it sounds. day tuuk ur jobs.
16:52 December 18, 2009 by millionmileman
After driving over 2.5 million miles in the past 43 years, in my various Saabs, no doubt that this is the saddest day of all.

These wonderful cars are maintained well enough, that my 2001 9-3 Viggen and 9-5 Aero Combi will be the last cars that I will be owning anyway. I will not be buy any Government Mandated (GM) cars again, as this is their agenda anyway.

Early in the year I warned the Swedish Ministers about the consequences of what would happen if today ever came. I hope for once that I am wrong. I feel really sad for all the fine people that I know, whom are associated with the company in Trollhattan.
17:09 December 18, 2009 by justanotherexpat
What happens to the dealership network? Not so much for sales but for servicing and repairs? Saad daay indeed..........screw GM, Ford, all of those greedy bastards......
17:23 December 18, 2009 by Keith #5083
Whatever else may be said, it is most regrettable timing. It's bad enough to be an employee with the threat of closure hanging over you - but really, is it so beyond human resource to at least spare a little time for the Christmas holiday period? At least let the Saab employees enjoy one last Christmas.

What crappy timing.

There is such an individual as Scrooge!!!
17:39 December 18, 2009 by Rick Methven

"A very sad day to be sure. I have owned SAABs for 32 years, and wanted NOTHING else. One thing is for sure...there won't be ANY GM products in my garage...EVER.

My thoughts go out to all the SAAB employees worldwide. Having had two airlines I worked for go out of business"


I too have only owned SAABs for over 30 years and worked for 2 airlines that went bust!

I also worked for SAAB Aerospace in the heydays of the 80's.

I shall nurture and keep my 9000 Aero and 9-5 Aero for ever!
18:03 December 18, 2009 by steve_38
Its a real shame for all those employed, but its been on the cards for at least 5 years.

The number 1 problem that is ignored is that BMW/AUDI/MB, have all passed SAAB and left SAAB trailing in the wake of these companies.

This is what caused the demise of SAAB not GM, current range of GM cars are much better than the SAAB equivalent, at the volume for sales this year the end was inevitable. Its sad but true, to deny the above is not being honest.
18:16 December 18, 2009 by tillerman
GM would have sold it, but Koenigsegg and Spyker had cash and GM was going to have to take it on faith that they could run it as a profitable company and pay GM back. Not a good bet since neither company as run a big auto business and GM and Saab itself weren't able to make it profitable.
19:35 December 18, 2009 by d_s
Hmm-mm, I was just so amused by Reinfeldt's comment that went along the lines: "why do you think that the government would do better than an expert company in governing Saab.."

Haha, I think Mr. Reinfeldt has a good sense of humour. 'Experts' indeed :D Or maybe he was serious?! Naa.. Impossible.
19:47 December 18, 2009 by wenddiver
Don't worry the government was standing there, with their pants off, drink in hand, at the Christmas Party, trying to get a fellow Social Democrats help in protecting the SAAB workers, when security burst in.

As soon as they clear up this security problem, get the Swedish diplomat selling Pantyhose back from the Russian police, get the record snowfall brushed off the Global Warming conference to the South, lecture Israel about Palestien, lecture the US about Afganistan, force the Swedish Church to Ordain gays, etc, etc., THEY INTEND TO ADDRESS THE SAAB/UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM.
20:18 December 18, 2009 by Luke35711
Very sad news. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you start believing your own propaganda. A wake up call for Sweden. A call for the renewal of this country's work ethics.
20:19 December 18, 2009 by pallas
From the moment the diseased fingers of the Greed Machine touched SAAB in 1989, there has been an inevitable decline in the brand. GM absolutely failed to understand SAAB's brand values and indeed destroyed them through atypical penny-pinching and greed. Furthermore, GM actually destroyed SAAB. Up until it's purchase in 1989, SAAB was experiencing substantial year on year profit increases, so naturally, the Greed Machine set it's capitalist eyes on it, especially as it lost out to Ford in it's attempt to buy Jaguar. (Lucky Jaguar was thus saved from a similarly inevitable destruction). The GM 900 Saab was a pale imitation of it's predecesor and the 9-3 and 9-5 severely hampered by GM cost cutting and arrogance. Those cars will not be especially missed, however what is truly tragic is that just as SAAB had the chance to escape it's gradual metamorphosis into just another GM trash can, those same diseased fingers have typed it's death certificate and left many families facing a very bleak Christmas without their employer. Still, that's OK, they are in Sweden which is somewhere in Europeland isn't it , and not in our back yard. Oh and I am sure they don't celebrate Christmas like we do anyway... It's fine to blame the Swedish government for not helping - they are not, but let's not forget; they wouldn't have to if the American Greed Machine hadn't bought Sweden's proudest car company and through lack of investment, and greed, turned it into a loss-maker of enormous proportions. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebologet 1937-2008 R.I.P. Your once-proud wings shall be sadly missed.
20:55 December 18, 2009 by mibrooks27
This is what you can expect when you do business with a U.S. company. The "corporate culture" in the U.S. is composed of a fairly tight knit group of sociopaths and criminals who will deal with you in the most predatory and underhanded manner imaginable. These are the same people who brought down the entire world's economies, bankrupted Iceland and wrecked retirement investments across Europe. These companies, with the complete approval of the U.S. government (and Obama's government, at that) have hiked interest rates on consumer credit cards to 80%! The routinely run ad's to defraud people desperate people out of their life savings on U.S. television. ANd you would expect them to deal differently with Sweden? Come on! Grow up. These are international criminals...think Hitler's S.S. What is needed are international tribunals and trials for them and their U.S. political allies.
21:08 December 18, 2009 by lingonberrie
That is because the United States is "winding down," and the junk automotive GM industry is in the same flush. Now they must add those cesspools of Washington D.C. and Wall Street to the another flush to complete the job.

Sweden will recover, regardless. Swedes have been in the business of recovering since their Viking ancestors genes from eons ago enabled them to do so.
21:34 December 18, 2009 by EtoileBrilliant
GM are as bad as the next company but the simple fact is that SAAB never showed anything but RED INK when GM had either all or part ownership. The Swedish model works for value added non-commoditized products but when it comes to mass production it just can't compete.

Where will these jobs be replaced from? Look at the OMXS 30 and ask yourself where are the fledgling companies that will create new jobs. There are none! That is why the Social Democrats have always polled well, they create employment through the federal budget. I'm not saying the third way is wrong, but it aint market based capitalism!
22:37 December 18, 2009 by mibrooks27
EtoileBrilliant - "Market based capitalism". Would that, perhaps, be the U.S. model where corporations control politician's and the media and manage brazen daylight raids on the U.S. Treasury? U.S. banks and credit card companies charge interest rates of 80%, where retirement savings accounts are looted by companies and executives rewarded hundred million dollar bonuses while children literally starve? Where workers are ordered to work six and seven days a week, 10 and 12 hour ays, without any overtime compensation? Where employers comb the health care records for employees and their dependent and fire workers with sick children, spouses suffering from breast cancer? Might it be where 44 million jobs get outsourced and the government routinely lies about unemployment being a "mere" 10.4%, when the real rate is closer to 25%. Where Chicago gangsters and crooked Texas cowboys take turns screwing the public, all for ever more corporate and Wall Street profits? If that is what you mean by "market based capitalism", you san have it.
23:04 December 18, 2009 by wenddiver
This could be a blessing, raise money issue stock and start a Swedish car company. Get on the TV and get the nation behind it.
23:08 December 18, 2009 by Flying Scotsman

Saab sold 93,295 vehicles globally in 2008, representing 1.1 percent of total GM sales volume, down 25 percent from 2007. The recession reduced this even further this year, along with the fact that consumers were aware of the potential collapse of the firm. Lets assume that sales could account for 125,000 again. If the company can be reduced in size to achieve economies of scale there would be no problems taking them back into profit again and returning to natural growth.

This could easily be done, but it would take a lot of work to get there, but it could be fixed.

If a market could be found for 125,000 sales per year, I can assure you that it can be made profitable, but only if it is run by the right people.
23:48 December 18, 2009 by GLO
My Swedish Friend, Saab failed for the same reason GM failed..Sorry but the World Market has no feelings or fondness for failed economic systems.. Get real Price, Quality,Great Design,Price, Service,Price, Sex appeal, Price... thats what SELLS.... IN time you will get it and compete. Sweden has the tools, not the will to change.. Look at IKEA.. Good Luck, Get to work and stop blaming everyone else....
00:00 December 19, 2009 by StockholmSam
A de-industrialized, fifth-demographic stage, tax-funded welfare state and highly educated, expensive labor are a bad mix for manufacturing. There is little incentive to streamline efficiency or create a better product in such an environment. Saab operated at a loss for over 20 years, people! Plus, the quality of those admittedly beautiful cars was never very good and repairs were expensive. Is that really the kind of product you want to protect? The first chapter of any basic economics textbook will show you how protecting such foolishness is bad for everyone except for the few involved in the manufacturing process.

Blame GM if you want to (and if you want to show your ignorance), but Saab would have folded long ago had GM not stepped in and bought them after they had been on a losing track for years. Saab was one of a number of small-scale manufacturers that could not compete and Saab went looking for a buyer. GM stepped in and offered two things Saab wanted: 1) economies of scale that could make Saab a real global competitor and 2) a willingness to purchase only a 50% interest rather than a 51% controlling interest. Without the economies of scale, Saab would have priced itself out of business. Without GM, these jobs that are about to be lost would have been gone by 1990. I say, hats off to GM for keeping the factories running all this time...they could have moved manufacturing to Asia long ago. Heck, GM pumped many millions of dollars into Saab while it continued to lose money hand over fist.

Face facts, folks, Sweden is a mixed economy and the "evil" characteristics of free-market capitalism greatly enhance our quality of life. Imagine what life would be like here if all of our products were protected by quotas, subsidies, and tariffs. We'd pay even higher prices,have less selection, and what few things we would have in the stores would be sh*t quality. And you people would be the first (and loudest) to scream bloody murder. In my opinion, the factors that play the greatest role in depressing the local economies in Sweden are the least capitalistic in nature. I can deal with long, dark winters. What really depresses me is the low selection and high prices of goods. The reason Saab is headed for the gallows now is that it cannot compete and should not be supported. It is a loser, get over it. And get busy doing what all those Saab workers should have been doing all along: a service in which Sweden has a comparative advantage.
01:12 December 19, 2009 by mibrooks27
StockholmSam - I'll make you a deal. How about we exchange citizenships. I'd love to be Swedish. You can have America, the land of gangsters, corporate business, toxic hatred, filled to overflow with dunces and lemmings. You obviously belong here.
02:33 December 19, 2009 by warriorwithin
I saw this coming.....Next in line is Ericsson. Swedes continue to buy nokia and crap iphones...suddenly to realize one day that they have helped a fellow swede to go out of work. With Huawei getting 4G rights beating homeplayer ericson in Sweden..i really pity them
02:57 December 19, 2009 by 2394040
The New World Order has its way as usual. Now the Chinese, and perhaps others, can pick up all the pieces at bargain prices. Next on the block: Volvo.

But Volvo might fare a little better. The New World Order might allow some of it to remain in Sweden. The key word of course is "might".

With the New World Order, one never knows for certain.
05:11 December 19, 2009 by arnuxii
Just inevitable the failure of companies in a left-liberal culture(Sweden) whereas capitalist societies go from strength to strength(China)
05:59 December 19, 2009 by volvoman9

Thanks for saying somewhat eloquently what I have believed to be true for some time. America and their brand of capitalism is destroying the world. Are you perhaps a union member?
08:34 December 19, 2009 by EtoileBrilliant
@StockholmSam. Couldn't have put it better myself. And to all those detractors, no one has suggested that capitalism is better, we're just pointing out that you shouldn't kid yourself that Sweden is a market based economy. Sure Saab and Volvo would have worked as companies as long as every Swede bought them (much like the old Soviet quota system where a certain amount of tin kettles were produced every year). But Swedes woke up and realized there are better and cheaper cars out there.

The selection and price of goods in this country suggests to me that retailers expect their customers to turn up.
09:33 December 19, 2009 by StockholmSam

Most of what you have griped about in this thread has little to do with Saab's downfall. You are merely throwing out a list of typical complaints against capitalism which, while true in many situations, are not the root causes of Saab's failure. People all over the world with the freedom to choose their brand of car simply refused to buy overpriced, poorly-designed Saabs. Plain and simple.

A penchant for breeding greed and corruption is not limited to capitalism. Indeed, corruption and greed are what destroyed the Soviet model. Greed is a human trait, not an economic one, and it certainly existed in Sweden before capitalism got a foothold. To think corruption and greed would disappear if Sweden became 100% socialist is naive at best.

The desire for a better life is what drives innovation. In this, Sweden can compete. Socialism, while full of certain dignities and advantages, is also filled with disadvantages. One of the reasons Sweden's economy and society have been so successful is their formula for combining a liberal brand of socialism with conservative capitalism. Take either of those ingredients away and Sweden would not be nearly the utopia you seem to envision. I get the impression that you are not aware of the freedoms you enjoy when you make purchasing decisions, nor where those freedoms come from. The moment they limit you to one or two crappy cars to choose from and charge you an arm and a leg for them, then I bet you would be screaming for better selection. Producers simply supply what consumers want. Is that so hard to understand?

In the end, Sweden is among the most educated, advanced, wealthy and free nations on earth. These characteristics should make Sweden very adaptable and able to succeed as the demands of the global economy change. There are tons of opportunities for Sweden to provide what the world wants and needs. Unfortunately, overpriced poorly-built automobiles are not a good option.

Oh, and as far as trading citizenships is concerned...no need. I already have both. And if your experience in that massive land of over 350 million people has led you to perceive it as a "land of gangsters, corporate business, toxic hatred, filled to overflow with dunces and lemmings," then you obviously have not gotten out much. Neither have you taken advantage of the wonderful array of opportunities that America offers you, opportunities being exploited every day by inventive, passionate, caring people all over the country. You should open your eyes a bit wider and look around. Then again, perhaps you are the type of person who would do better in a place where someone else is responsible for making sure you are taken care of. Good luck with that.
15:06 December 19, 2009 by krigeren
@Stockholmsam Great Post.

"a service in which Sweden has a comparative advantage"

Name'em. Lets focus on making those fly.

Onwards and Upwards....................
15:36 December 19, 2009 by Markus D
I don´t believe it´s all GM´s fault that Saab is closing down.

I live on the west coast of Sweden (a little further down than Trollhättan) and a lot of us know that the unions, over the years, have been so powerful there that there is little possibility to make a niche company like Saab profitable.

It´s really time that people realised how much the unions in Sweden are strangling businesses. A company like Saab wouldn´t be able to make any profitable decisions over the years without negiotating with the unions. It´s a crazy situation which 70 years of it has produced and it needs sorting out fast before more businesses close or move out.
16:37 December 19, 2009 by Scotsaab
This won't help the preception of Sweden's economy. It's already an expensive place with which to do business, as I have done for many years. Global recession is to blame and that's where the focus should fall. Too much greed, self-interest and manipulation by a few has caused misery for the majority - and killed Saab.
17:12 December 19, 2009 by wenddiver
I sold SAABs in the 1980s, also Lincolns and Mercurys in Pensacola, Florida. I loved the little 900 convertibles from Finland, and even the 900s.

I seemed to be the only person who could really sell them at the dealership. I was always surprised to hear the factory trained salesmen bragging about what great snow cars they were in Florida. I always sold them as a high end jeep, great on wet roads and Florida sand, with great power to weight ratio. Despite the fact that I was selling them, the /metro sexuals at SAAB got me transferred to the Lincoln side of the dealership.

Where I promptly became Lincoln's #1 salesman in the area. I will miss the little cars, but not the pretty boy management at SAAB, which destroyed the cars image in America as unmanly.
18:37 December 19, 2009 by mibrooks27
volvoman9 - No, I am not a union member. I am an engineer and a mathematician. In the U.S. I work computer auditing healthcare claims (Medicare and Medicaid) for a consortium of 10 states and doing risk projections and analysis on populations. I am 62 years old and quite happily married, just celebrated our 30th anniversary, to a wonderful woman. I actually lived in Sweden, with my family, back in the 90's and ended up being forced to leave because the Swedish and U.S. taxing authorities both decided they had the right to tax my income... so I ended up[ paying 108% of what I made (really!). That makes me no "liberal". However, what I witnessed in Sweden - the honesty of the people and business, the technical and scientific innovations, the genuine warmth of the Swedish people, the great fishing, and independence made me forever love Sweden. I continue my Swedish language studies, too, and regularly read Swedish literature and on-line newspapers. Sweden is a great place and it will be around long after the U.S. has crumbled into dust if you continue to keep a tight reign on government and business.
00:56 December 20, 2009 by Luke35711
A system based on cooperation is more efficient than one based on cut-throat competition. That's been known from game theory for decades. That's why people cooperate more in cold climates, where the society has to struggle with the elements to survive. However, a system based in cooperation is susceptible to cheating. And there are status-obsessed people everywhere, in all professions/workplaces/families/organisations/political parties or economic systems, who pursue sophisticated cheating strategies. Honest hard working citizens: read a little bit more, be a little bit more ambitious in your education, see through propaganda, mind-control, psychological conditioning. and manipulations (on all extremes of political spectra and in all extreme ideologies), and defeat the cheats!
21:43 December 22, 2009 by zeulf
Posts 30,31,38 seem to me to be on Target.

In the 70s on my visits to Sweden, I saw mostly Volvo and SAAB Autos

In the 80s , Same but hey there is a Mazda,or Mitsu too

In the 90s Wow look at all the Foreign ( Japanese) Cars

Now. Well there are not so many Swedish Cars in Sweden.

When You lose Your manufacturing Base ( Factories) and all the small Machine shops, because the Chinese can do the job cheaper, even with air freight included. that must be the tipping point.

We cannot at this time compete with the East. I have no bad

things to say about the Chinese, just that we will be forced to have a lower standard of living. That is the new world Economy I think. Merry Jul
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
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A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
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Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
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Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
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Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
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Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
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One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
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Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
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'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
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Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
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