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Profits soar for Sweden’s state-owned companies

Sweden’s state owned companies are set to earn record-breaking profits this year, although not every company has had a stellar 2010.

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Woman run over and killed by ex-husband

A woman in her fifties died on Friday morning when she was hit by a car driven by her ex-husband in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

Convicted serial killer acquitted of murder

Convicted serial killer acquitted of murder

The Falu district court on Friday acquitted serial killer Thomas Quick for the murder of Israeli tourist Yenon Levi in 1988.

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement

Red-Greens in migration policy agreement

The Red-Green coalition have presented a new agreement on immigration police, arguing that the Swedish Aliens Act is applied too strictly and calling for a review of the asylum process and rules for family reunification.

Ten more of the Swedes’ quirkiest habits

Ten more of the Swedes’ quirkiest habits

Taking inspiration from comments make by readers of The Local, US exile Doug Lansky offers up ten more distinctly Swedish habits which often give expats plenty to talk about.

HQ Bank under investigation for fraud

HQ Bank under investigation for fraud

The Swedish Economic Crime Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten, EBM) is launching an investigation into suspected fraud and accounting crimes at HQ Bank.

Lawyer uncertain of Assange’s whereabouts

Lawyer uncertain of Assange’s whereabouts

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer admitted on Friday that he does not know whether his client is still in Sweden.

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Africans have ‘child rape gene’: Sweden Democrat

A blog post by a local Sweden Democrat politician, Per T K Wahlberg, in which he claims that black Africans are genetically programmed to rape children, has raised questions about the party's attempts to distance itself from open racism.

Söderling joins stars in US Open third round

Söderling joins stars in US Open third round

Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling advanced to the third round of the US Open on Thursday by defeating 72nd-ranked American Taylor Dent 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, setting up a clash with either Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker or Croatia's Ivan Dodig.

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Poll: Opposition closes gap on Alliance

The gap between the government parties and the opposition has halved in Synovate's latest election poll.

Carnegie takes over HQ Bank

Carnegie takes over HQ Bank

Investment bank Carnegie has signed a deal to take over crisis-hit sector colleague HQ Bank, with payment amounting to 268 million kronor ($36.8 million) to settle employee stock options and client obligations.