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Cartwheels in underwear leave schoolgirl with frostbite

A schoolgirl in northern Sweden is recovering from frostbite injuries to her fingers and toes after turning cartwheels in the snow in her underwear as part of a day of events organized by her high school's student union.

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Painkillers fly off Swedish store shelves

In the first two months of trading after the government overhaul of pharmacies in Sweden, supermarkets and petrol stations reaped around 10 percent of the non-prescription drug market.

‘Partner may have written Millennium books’

‘Partner may have written Millennium books’

Stieg Larsson was practically incapable of putting a sentence together and could not feasibly have written the best-selling Millennium crime trilogy without major assistance, claims a former colleague of the deceased author.

Burger King trades blows with regulator over headbutt advert

Burger King trades blows with regulator over headbutt advert

The Swedish advertising ombudsman has upheld a number of complaints about a Burger King TV commercial showing one chef headbutting another in a cooking contest feud.

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Guilty verdict for child rape teacher

A male high school teacher in Skövde, south west Sweden, has been found guilty of a string of sex crimes with a pupil and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Win Amy Macdonald concert tickets

Win Amy Macdonald concert tickets

Singer-songwriting sensation Amy Macdonald comes to Stockholm on Monday, January 25th. The Local has two pairs of tickets to give away for a chance to see the 22-year-old who taught herself guitar and took the music world by storm with her heady mix of youthful exuberance and vocal maturity.

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Sony Ericsson losses lower than expected

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson reported a quarterly loss on Friday that surpassed market expectations but, amid plunging sales for the company, it continues to face fierce competition in the smartphone market.

Swedish customs crack cocaine gang plan

Swedish customs crack cocaine gang plan

Customs officers in Gothenburg have unravelled a scheme that saw cocaine being smuggled into the country from Costa Rica. The gang used stolen identification from pensioners and the disabled to receive drug parcels.

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Sharp interest rate rises in late 2010: report

Homeowners will have less spending power by the end of the year according to a new report from state-owned mortgage lender SBAB, which predicts the Riksbank will begin a sharp interest rate increase in the autumn.

Children’s hospital faces probe over baby death

Children’s hospital faces probe over baby death

Parents of an 18-month-old girl who died after being admitted to the Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital with pneumonia say a shortfall in the quality of care led to their child's death.

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French workers free hostages at Swedish firm

Four managers who were being held captive at a Swedish-owned metals plant in France were released on Thursday after workers took radical action in a bid to press demands for better severance pay.