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Baby seal killed in road accident

Police in eastern Sweeen thought they had fallen victim to an early April Fool's joke when motorist Åke Andersson called to say he had run over a baby seal while driving home to Norrtälje.

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‘Every wasted krona amounts to theft’

It’s hardly a well-guarded secret that Sweden’s heavily taxed electorate is fed up over government waste – both in terms of the staggering volume and hamfisted management. Recognizing this pent-up frustration, the Swedish Taxpayers Association has joined hands with the free-market think tank Timbro to appoint a special ombudsman to which citizens can report wasteful government spending. Inaugural Taxpayer Ombudsman Johan Ingerö lays out the case for SlösO (WasteO).

Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl

Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl

With a new book just published and another on the way, The Local's blogger Julie Lindahl is keeping productivity high and stress levels low.

Sahlin slams Erdogan over expulsion threat

Sahlin slams Erdogan over expulsion threat

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has blasted Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over threats that he would consider ordering 100,000 Armenians to leave Turkey.

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Sweden bans university affirmative action

The Swedish government has announced that from August 1st it will no longer be permitted to favour prospective university students by virtue of their gender.

House price bubble ‘a myth’

House price bubble ‘a myth’

House price inflation is not a problem for monetary policy and the market poses no current risks, the deputy-governor of Sweden's Riksbank, Lars E O Svensson said at a seminar on Thursday.

Swedish MPs take Disneyland ‘study’ tour

Swedish MPs take Disneyland ‘study’ tour

Swedish parliament rules providing for expenses paid educational trips up to a value of 50,000 kronor ($7,000) per annum have prompted three Social Democrat MPs to use the system to 'study tourism' at California's Disneyland.

Ikea and Google top student career wish list

Ikea and Google top student career wish list

Swedish students have named Google, Ikea and the foreign ministry as their dream places of work, according to a new survey from Universum published on Thursday.

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Paralysed woman demands right to die

A 31-year-old woman who is completely paralysed and has been on a respirator since she was six, has demanded the right to die in a letter to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

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Nighttime skier crashes into promenading elk

A cross-country skier crashed into an elk on Tuesday evening while out exercising by torchlight on Billingen Hill near Skövde in western Sweden.

Skanska lands ‘Ground Zero’ rail contract

Skanska lands ‘Ground Zero’ rail contract

Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a $434 million contract to help build the commuter train station at the site of the World Trade Centre in New York.

‘Jihad Jane’ pleads not guilty

‘Jihad Jane’ pleads not guilty

Colleen LaRose aka 'Jihad Jane' has pleaded not guilty to charges of masterminding a failed plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks.