The recovery of the Swedish economy is also evident in the creation of new companies. Although the number of new firms dropped significantly in 2009 as a whole, the final months of the year showed signs of improvement.
The Swedish National Agency for Education's (Skolverket) new method for calculating funding for independent high schools (friskolor) means that the institutions risk losing millions of kronor every year.
Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling made the final at the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi by beating world number one Roger Federer 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in his semi-final on Friday.
Despite a massive search, a four-year-old girl who disappeared on New Year's Eve in Malmö in southern Sweden is still missing. Her mother claims she was kidnapped by two men and was being taken to her father, who lives abroad.
As of New Year's Eve evening, police had no suspects for an attack against a mosque in Malmö earlier in the day when shots had been fired through the window of the building.