What’s On in Sweden: March 5th – 11th

What’s On in Sweden: March 5th – 11th

What’s on in Sweden: The Middle East Peace Orchestra play Stockholm, Women's Arm Wrestling in Gothenburg and Tindersticks in Malmö.

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Swedish pilot flew 13 years without licence

A 41-year-old Swedish man with a forged pilot's licence was arrested in the cockpit of a plane in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening as he prepared to take off for Turkey with 101 passengers on board.

Swedish weapons exports on the rise

Swedish weapons exports on the rise

Sweden sold weapons to the value of 13.5 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) in 2009, up 7 percent on the previous year, according to new figures released by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter - ISP).

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Debt office forecasts boost to state coffers

The Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) has forecast that state finances will recover quicker than expected, according to a new report.

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‘Swedish housing costs among highest in EU’

Swedish housing costs are among the highest across the EU countries. Only the Danes pay more for their homes, according to a new report from the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket).

Swedish rail operator compensates travellers

Swedish rail operator compensates travellers

Swedish national rail operator, SJ, has apologised for recent travel chaos by offering compensation for cancelled and delayed trains.

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Job agency accepts ‘Muslim handshake’ fine

Sweden’s National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has decided not to appeal its fine for discriminating against a Muslim man who had his benefits withdrawn after refusing to shake the hand of Jeanette Löding, the female CEO of a firm with which he was seeking employment.

Three Baltic ferries stuck in the ice

Three Baltic ferries stuck in the ice

Three ferries got themselves stuck in ice in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday forcing almost 500 passengers to return to the Finnish island of Åland.

Swedes back housekeeping tax relief

Swedes back housekeeping tax relief

Swedes are in favour of the system of household services tax relief that the left-green opposition has declared it will abolish if it wins the autumn election, a new report shows.

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’51 years to shared parental leave’: report

At the current pace of change it will take 51 years before Swedish parents achieve parity with regards to the division of parental leave, a new report shows.

Sweden sets sights on easing Russian relations

Sweden sets sights on easing Russian relations

A diplomatic thaw between Sweden and Russia appears to be imminent. On Tuesday Fredrik Reinfeldt and Carl Bildt will head to Moscow to meet prime minister Vladimir Putin and president Dmitrij Medvedev.