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Swedes and their quirky habits laid bare

Plucking out little cultural differences and critiquing them to death is the part-time hobby of almost any expat anywhere in the world and US exile Doug Lansky shows that he is no different.

Tourism creates jobs, boosts export earnings

Tourism creates jobs, boosts export earnings

Tourism helped to create new jobs and higher export earnings in 2009, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) reported on Tuesday.

‘Gestapo’ reg plate falls foul of transport agency

‘Gestapo’ reg plate falls foul of transport agency

The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) manages applications for personal number plates in Sweden, but guidelines dictate that plates deemed inappropriate or offensive are rejected, according to a GP.se report.

Sweden tops EU in citizenship approval rate

Sweden tops EU in citizenship approval rate

Sweden is the most generous country in the EU when it comes to approving citizenship applications, according to a new report from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, on Tuesday.

Mankell calls for release of Israeli soldier

Mankell calls for release of Israeli soldier

Swedish crime writer and Ship to Gaza activist Henning Mankell has called on Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Palestinian custody.

Sweden issues fewer licences to foreign docs

Sweden issues fewer licences to foreign docs

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) issued fewer medical licenses in 2009 to doctors with foreign medical degrees than in previous years, new figures show.

Unions take up fight for lewd cop blogger

Unions take up fight for lewd cop blogger

The Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet) has objected to the sacking of a Skåne police officer who in his blog revealed that he and a colleague secretly dabbed the tips of their sex organs against parts of a car driven by female co-workers.

Swedish feminists burn 100,000 kronor in wage protest

Swedish feminists burn 100,000 kronor in wage protest

The Feminist Initiative (Feministisk Initiativ - Fi) carried out its promise to burn 100,000 kronor ($13,000) on Tuesday morning, claiming that a half-page ad would never have had the same impact in the fight for equal pay between the sexes.

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Bankruptcies fall in first half of 2010

Bankruptcies in Sweden declined by 14 percent in the first half of this year compared to the corresponding period of last year, credit reporting company UC reported on Tuesday.

Dry weather could hurt blueberry season

Dry weather could hurt blueberry season

It will be a disappointing season for eager blueberry fans if it does not rain soon in Sweden, the newspaper Smålänningen reported on Monday.

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98-year-old reports doc over early death cert

A 98-year-old woman in Trollhättan in western Sweden has reported a doctor for mistakenly issuing her death certificate after confusing her personal data with her deceased husband's.