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Parental ‘child sick leave’ peaks in February

Each February, Swedish parents take an estimated 600,000 paid leave days to take care of sick children, according to new Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) statistics.

‘Only good foreign soldier on Afghan soil is a dead one’: Myrdal

‘Only good foreign soldier on Afghan soil is a dead one’: Myrdal

Swedish author and anti-war activist Jan Myrdal, 82, has sparked outrage following a public lecture in which he appeared to welcome the killing of Swedish, US and other soldiers.

Sharp increase in asylum seeker deportations

Sharp increase in asylum seeker deportations

The number of asylum seekers deported from Sweden rose by 1,300 during 2009, according to new figures from the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket).

A layman’s look at cross-country skiing

A layman’s look at cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing, isn't that like alpine skiing but on the flat?

Three arrested for killing of Swedish soldiers

Three arrested for killing of Swedish soldiers

Three men have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of being connected to the deaths of the two Swedish soldiers near Mazar-e Sharif on Sunday, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper.

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A layman’s look at ski jumping

Are these guys insane? Leaping at high speed from two daunting, hills with just a pair of skis to save them?

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Dental service probed as girl dies after toothache

The Swedish Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) is set to investigate the Swedish Public Dental Service (Folktandvården) after a nine-year-old girl died following repeated visits to the dentist complaining of toothache and an abscess.

Swedbank reports heavy losses

Swedbank reports heavy losses

Swedbank has reported a bigger than expected operating loss of 1.6 billion kronor ($226.7 million) for the final quarter of 2009, largely due to its heavy exposure in the Baltic States and Russia, yet the bank's CEO Michael Wolf sees opportunities for profits in 2010.

SAS cuts 650 jobs

SAS cuts 650 jobs

Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS has announced a new share issue to raise 5 billion kronor ($674 million) as well as a programme of cuts and savings designed to save a further 2 billion kronor.

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Ingrid, 79, declared dead by Swedish tax authorities

79-year-old Ingrid Ståhl of Malmö in southern Sweden found out to her surprise that she had been registered as dead after a mistake by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

Söderling claims comeback win

Söderling claims comeback win

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling showed no signs of the elbow complaint which knocked him out of the Australian Open as he earned a straight sets win over Frenchman Florent Serra on Monday in the Rotterdam Open.

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Man shot on Stockholm street

A 29-year-old man was shot on Södermalm in Stockholm on Monday night. He was hit in the leg and in the shoulder, but was able to call an ambulance.