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‘Sweden is a tax paradise’: Ikea adviser

A leading figure behind both Ikea and Tetra Pak's decisions to move their headquarter beyond Sweden's borders has said Sweden is making major strides on the road to becoming a more business-friendly nation.

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Obese drunk driver: ‘I’m too fat for jail’

A 60-year-old man convicted of drunk driving in northern Sweden has applied to the government for a pardon on the grounds that he is too fat to go to jail.

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

A roof collapse at an Ica Maxi supermarket in Kristinehamn in western Sweden has left staff and customers in shock but miraculously no one is reported to have been injured.

Blogger profile: Billy Lansdowne

Blogger profile: Billy Lansdowne

Billy Lansdowne, former football player and one of Sweden's most popular pundits, speaks to The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson about the state of the game and the launch of his new blog, Billy's Boot Room.

Swedes back pensioner king to carry on

Swedes back pensioner king to carry on

A majority of Swedes are in favour of King Carl XVI Gustaf remaining on the throne despite reaching the pension age in 2011.

Record student intake at Swedish universities

Record student intake at Swedish universities

Almost 300,000 students signed up for courses at Swedish universities in 2009 - the highest number ever, according to new statistics published on Monday.

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Sweden’s GDP growth at post-war low

Sweden's GDP declined by 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter, making 2009 the worst year for growth since World War Two, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

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Swedish baby escapes unscathed from snow burial

Neo Nordstedt, a six-month-old Swedish baby, awoke from his slumber on Friday to find that he, and his pram, had been completely buried under snow falling from a three-storey building.

Swedes missing after Chile earthquake

Swedes missing after Chile earthquake

More than 100 Swedes are reported to be missing after the massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. The foreign ministry has received unconfirmed reports of one Swede among the dead, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

Deadly snow storm heading for Sweden

Deadly snow storm heading for Sweden

Storm Xynthia, which has claimed several lives in Portugal, Spain and France, will hit southern areas of Sweden on Monday.

Olsson claims new cross-country bronze

Olsson claims new cross-country bronze

Johan Olsson claimed Sweden's 11th medal of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games when fortune favoured him in the battle for the bronze in the men's 50 kilometre cross-country classic.

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Thieves open fire in Södertälje supermarket

Police are searching for four armed robbers who opened fire with a hand gun and a rifle during a supermarket robbery on Saturday in Södertälje, 30 kilometres south of Stockholm.