What’s On in Sweden: February 12th – 18th

What’s On in Sweden: February 12th – 18th

What’s on in Sweden: Jedi Mind Tricks and Joyce Carol Oates in Stockholm, thousands of kisses in Gothenburg and Beethoven in Blue Jeans in Malmö.

‘Backward’ rental market must be fixed: expert

‘Backward’ rental market must be fixed: expert

The wait for a rental apartment in Stockholm averages 104 weeks, rising to as much as 20 years for attractive areas, according to a new report published this week.

Politician blames transvestite alter ego for sunny island freebie

Politician blames transvestite alter ego for sunny island freebie

High profile Centre Party member of parliament Fredrick Federley passed the buck to Ursula, his transvestite alter ego, when put on the spot for accepting an all expenses paid trip to Gran Canaria.

Golden handshake for sacked pharmacy chief

Golden handshake for sacked pharmacy chief

Stefan Carlsson, CEO of Sweden's state-run Apoteket pharmacy chain, is to receive a 5.4 million kronor ($740,000) severance payment after being asked to leave his post in August of this year.

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Nordea sees profits fall

Nordic banking group Nordea has reported an operating profit of €592 million ($815 million) for the final quarter 2009, down on a profit of €781 million in the corresponding period of last year.

SEB slashes bonuses as profits fall

SEB slashes bonuses as profits fall

Swedish bank SEB has reported an operating profit of 564 million kronor ($77 million) for the fourth quarter 2009, down on the 4.03 billion kronor in the corresponding period of 2008.

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‘Meat glue’ approval draws criticism

Sweden's approval of thrombin - a new so-called meat glue, has drawn criticism from consumer groups and politicians alike who fear that consumers stand to be misled.

Stockholm to host NHL opener

Stockholm to host NHL opener

Stockholm has been named as one of three cities which will play host to the six opening games of the National Hockey League next season.

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Mum endures c-section without anaesthetic

A woman has reported Lund University Hospital to Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN) after being subjected to a caesarian section without the benefit of an anaesthetic.

Sweden to send more troops to Afghanistan

Sweden to send more troops to Afghanistan

Sweden plans to reinforce its contingent of troops in Afghanistan with 30 soldiers to be dispatched during next week, according to a Swedish Armed Forces statement.

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‘IMF solution an option for Greece’: Borg

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg has raised the prospect of the International Monetary Fund as a possible solution to the debt crisis in Greece.