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Algal blooms under way in Baltic Sea

The first signs of this year's cyanobacteria - also known as blue-green algae - blooms are now visible in the Baltic Sea on satellite images.

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State-owned companies jump in value

The 57 Swedish state-owned firms are estimated to have increased their total worth by 24 percent or 120 billion kronor ($15.77 billion) to 620 billion kronor in 2009, according to new government estimates.

Malmö celebrates as Öresund bridge turns 10

Malmö celebrates as Öresund bridge turns 10

Tens of thousands of people lined Malmö's beaches on Thursday to watch a massive fireworks display to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Öresund bridge.

Heightened security urged at nuclear plant

Heightened security urged at nuclear plant

Swedish authorities on Friday called for tighter security at Forsmark nuclear power station, a day after Greenpeace activists were issued with fines for breaking into the plant in June.

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Household tax relief retains popularity

In the last 12 months, nearly 890,000 people have claimed a tax deduction for work carried out on and in their homes, according to Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) figures.

Man held after Stockholm bank drama

Man held after Stockholm bank drama

A man was arrested after police stormed a branch of Handelsbanken on Östermalmstorg in central Stockholm shortly before 2.30pm on Friday bringing an end to a hostage drama and suspected attempted robbery.

Church of Sweden warns of SMS opt-out service

Church of Sweden warns of SMS opt-out service

The Church of Sweden has reacted angrily to a company offering a fast-track SMS service for those wishing to resign their membership.

Alliance inches ahead of opposition: poll

Alliance inches ahead of opposition: poll

Support for the ruling Alliance coalition has eclipsed the red-green opposition in the latest poll from Norway-based Sentio Research.

Swede’s remand for Auschwitz theft extended

Swede’s remand for Auschwitz theft extended

A Polish court has remanded in custody a Swedish suspect on Thursday for a further two months over the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

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Anti-Semitic hate crimes rise in 2009: report

The number of anti-Semitic crimes reported in Sweden rose 57 percent last year, mainly in the southern region of Skåne, the national crime prevention council said on Thursday.