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“Black Widow” sentenced to life in prison

A 48-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, attempted murder and aggravated arson in Grängesberg in central Sweden in January.

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Trade surplus decreases in May

In May, Sweden's net trade surplus declined to 2.7 billion kronor ($348.59 million) from 8.1 billion the previous year, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB) reported on Monday.

Swedish ISP bars users from The Pirate Bay

Swedish ISP bars users from The Pirate Bay

Swedish internet service provider Black Internet has decided to bar its customers from accessing the The Pirate Bay, amid fears that an appeals court ruling rendered it subject to punitive fines.

Summer Rail Destinations: Odense
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Summer Rail Destinations: Odense

The birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense beckons travellers with its narrow cobblestone streets, hip cafés and restaurants, international festivals and rich cultural heritage.

Cost of parenting rising sharply: report

Cost of parenting rising sharply: report

It has become more expensive to be a parent in Sweden with the costs incurred from having a baby climbing 43 percent in real terms over 30 years, according new to Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) figures.

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Ex-police chief case opened as trial begins

A Swedish court has decided to make public most of the police investigation into alleged sex crimes by former police chief Göran Lindberg, whose high profile trial begins on Tuesday.

Murky waters hamper aquatic romance

Murky waters hamper aquatic romance

Swedish researchers have shown that blurred vision can have a detrimental impact on fish looking to pick up a suitable mate, according to a report by news agency TT.

Swedish scholar: ‘Jesus was not crucified’

Swedish scholar: ‘Jesus was not crucified’

A Swedish theologian has claimed that Jesus may not have have been crucified as there is no evidence to indicate that the Romans crucified prisoners 2,000 years ago.

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer

Expat Swedes gather for Manhattan Midsummer

With the Statue of Liberty providing the backdrop, modern-day expat Swedes gather to enliven the traditions of the mother country to celebrate Midsummer in lower Manhattan's Battery Park, writes Mischa Benoit-Lavelle.  

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic

Fewer fatalities in Midsummer traffic

Five people died on Swedish roads over the Midsummer weekend, representing a significant decline on recent years.

Small business owners forego summer hols

Small business owners forego summer hols

While long summer holidays are a matter of course for most Swedes, many small business-owners take a fortnight or less, according to a new survey by member organisation Företagarförbundet.

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Municipalities call for swine flu inquiry

The Swedish taxpayer spent 1.4 billion ($181 million) in connection with the mass vaccination programme against the swine flu last autumn and the Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting - SKL) has called for an independent inquiry.