Swedish unions: should you join?

Swedish unions: should you join?

Unions play a huge role in many Swedish workplaces - and in Swedish society. But should you join? Nic Townsend asks what's in it for you.

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Refugees staying put in problem spots

A Swedish government project focused on enticing refugees to leave problem-ridden areas in Sweden's big cities has failed to achieve its goals. After two years, just 286 people have made use of the scheme, according to figures released by the Swedish Migration Board.

Norwegian launches new UK and Germany routes

Norwegian launches new UK and Germany routes

Low cost carrier Norwegian has announced the launch of three new routes from Stockholm Arlanda servicing London/Gatwick, Edinburgh and Munich.

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Nordea bank ignores Swedish bonus ban

The board of Nordea has decided to act in open defiance of the Swedish government and is pressing ahead with a new bonus scheme.

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‘State finances better than expected’: Borg

Swedish state finances are in better shape than expected and are developing strongly, finance minister Anders Borg said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sweden calls time on lifetime artist stipends

Sweden calls time on lifetime artist stipends

The Swedish government plans to end the practice of giving a select group of Swedish artists a lifetime income guarantee.

Churches for children: dangerous mind-play or harmless fun?

Churches for children: dangerous mind-play or harmless fun?

Keen to keep his daughter occupied, Joel Sherwood finds sanctuary in Sweden's many church play areas. Which beg the question: Are the country's legions of latte mamas soon to be overtaken by a new generation of chapel papas?

Council votes to keep wolves from the door

Council votes to keep wolves from the door

With Sweden's wolf population in critical danger, Nordanstig in northern Sweden has courted controversy by voting to stay a wolf-free municipality.

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Smuggler with underpants package bites Swedish customs officer

A suspected drug smuggler, caught with almost 100 grammes of cocaine in his underpants, tried to bite his way out of the clutches of the Swedish customs.

Support grows for Afghanistan troops

Support grows for Afghanistan troops

Support for the military operation in Afghanistan has increased strongly since the death of two Swedish officers and a local interpreter on February 7th, according to a new poll by Synovate, published by Sveriges Television (SVT) on Tuesday.

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Early curling upset as Swedes beat Brits

Sweden's curling team stunned Britain's world champions with a 6-4 win on the first day of Vancouver 2010 men's curling competition on Tuesday.

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‘Influenza vaccine has no effect’: study

There is no evidence to support the contention that the influenza vaccine administered to the over 65s is of any more use than opening the windows and washing hands, a new study from the Cochrane Collaboration claims, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

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Pärson forecasts rain on Vonn’s golden parade

Sweden's Anja Pärson and Maria Rieschen of Germany will be doing their best to make sure Lindsey Vonn's expected gold medal streak does not take the shine off their own Olympic Games.