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Sweden increases refugee forecast again

Sweden's Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has increased its forecast to 31,000 for the number of people expected to seek asylum this year. It has also requested an additional 60 million kronor ($7.86 million) in 2010 to cope with the increased pressure.

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Greek crisis sparks Swedish sell-off

The Greek crisis now spreading across Europe has sparked a sell-off on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. A record number of transactions were recorded by online brokers.

Surge in applications to start free schools

Surge in applications to start free schools

The Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has received 36 percent more applications to start independent 'free' schools or to expand existing institutions for the autumn term of 2011. The agency received 689 applications by March 31st, the end of the 2010 application period, compared to 506 in 2009.

A prince of the people?

A prince of the people?

Some traditionalists in Sweden were irked when Crown Princess Victoria announced she was marrying a commoner. But her choice of Daniel Westling is very much in line with her European royal contemporaries, writes The Local's royal correspondent, Juan Navas.

Gotland ruins open up for weddings

Gotland ruins open up for weddings

The ruins in the medieval city of Visby on Gotland are set to become one of the more offbeat choices for Swedish couples to tie the marital knot after Gotland's Museum took over the sites and loosened up rental restrictions.

Airports suffer drop after volcano ash

Airports suffer drop after volcano ash

The number of passengers passing through the 14 Swedish airports owned by Swedish state company Swedavia fell 25 percent in April, largely due to the Icelandic volcanic eruption.

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Bankruptcies fall 25 percent in April

Corporate bankruptcies have continued to decline in Sweden, falling 25 percent in April compared to the same period last year.

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Undertakers count cost of drunken coffin spillage

A Swedish firm of funeral directors has agreed to pay 15,000 kronor to two sisters after their father's coffin was tipped without grace into an open grave by pallbearers unsteady on their feet.

Cranes – and nature-lovers – flock to Swedish lake

Cranes – and nature-lovers – flock to Swedish lake

The deafening sound hits you way before the sight: piercing shrieks coming from wet marshlands in western Sweden that host one of the world's largest gatherings of migratory cranes.

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Depleted Långholmen claim first point

Långholmen claimed their first points of the season after holding Vagnhärad, who will be bitterly disappointed that they did not take more from the match against a weakened Stripes.

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Imam charged with sex offences

A 48-year-old imam who teaches children about the Koran has been charged with sexually molesting an 11-year-old female student.

Alliance coalition pulls ahead of opposition: poll

Alliance coalition pulls ahead of opposition: poll

The shadow budget and International Worker's Day celebrations do not seem to have benefited the left-green opposition who have fallen behind the government parties in the latest voter opinion poll by Demoskop.

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Woman dies after passive euthanasia ruling

A 32-year-old woman who was completely paralysed and had been on life support since she was six, died on Wednesday after her respirator was unplugged, in Sweden's first case of euthanasia, a Stockholm hospital said.