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Moonshine makers jailed in southern Sweden

Eleven people have been convicted in southern Sweden for their involvement in the illicit distillation and sale of thousand of litres of bootleg booze.

Opposition calls for Stockholm bypass vote

Opposition calls for Stockholm bypass vote

The left-green opposition wants to hold a referendum on the Bypass Stockholm (Förbifart Stockholm) traffic link that will cost the state around 27 billion kronor ($3.75 billion).

Sweden tenth most attractive nation — again

Sweden tenth most attractive nation — again

Sweden retains its position as the tenth most attractive country in the world, writes Liselott Bergman of the Swedish Institute. That is the result of this year’s Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index (NBI), which measures the global image of 50 countries in terms of attractiveness and perceived qualities. One of Sweden’s challenges is to promote itself as a tourist destination – without having an Eiffel Tower or any other world-famous postcard motif to offer.

Serial killer applies for second retrial

Serial killer applies for second retrial

Convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, who recently retracted confessions for eight murders, has formally petitioned the Svea Court of Appeal for a retrial in the case of the murder of nine-year-old Norwegian girl Therese Johannessen.

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Tempers flare at hearing over car park killing

A courtroom in Lund played host to chaotic scenes on Tuesday morning as the district court ruled to keep a 23-year-old man in custody in connection with the car park assault that led to the death of a 78-year-old woman.

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TeliaSonera returns to profit as sales drop

TeliaSonera declared a return to profits on Tuesday while the Nordic telecoms giant reported a drop in sales for the first quarter 2010, coming in under analyst expectations.

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Spyker withdraws funds from Saab offshoot

Dutch firm Spyker has declared its intention to cover its losses by taking funds from Saab GB, arguing that the firm is not a Saab subsidiary but an independent company bought from US General Motors.

Riksbank votes no to base rate hike

Riksbank votes no to base rate hike

The Swedish Riksbank has decided to leave base (repo) interest rates unchanged at 0.25 percent, it was announced on Tuesday.

Stockholm Skavsta set to reopen

Stockholm Skavsta set to reopen

Skavsta airport south of Stockholm is set to reopen on Tuesday, according to an update from the Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartsverket - LFV), while airports south of a line between Norrköping and Strömstad remain closed.

Enterprise minister says no to airline bailout

Enterprise minister says no to airline bailout

Embattled airlines can not count on financial support from the Swedish state to compensate for the flight chaos of the past week, enterprise minister Maud Olofsson has said.

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Swedish think-tank launches ethical aid tool

A Swedish think-tank has launched a new web portal enabling aid-workers and peacekeepers to check that the firms they contract do not also engage in illegal activities.