Nobel lit prize winner: writing ‘alerts us to oppression’

Nobel lit prize winner: writing ‘alerts us to oppression’

Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa spoke of the power of writing and the need to defend liberal democracy during his Nobel lecture on Tuesday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, writes contributor Charlotte West.

Swedish jobless funds ‘among OECD’s worst’

Swedish jobless funds ‘among OECD’s worst’

A study compiled by an Uppsala University researcher reveals that Sweden has one of the worst unemployment fund schemes among wealthy nations.

Astrid Lindgren heirs sue publisher for millions

Astrid Lindgren heirs sue publisher for millions

Astrid Lindgren's heirs are taking Swedish publisher Bonnier to court for misrepresenting the beloved children author's works and in the process swindling them out of millions of kronor.

Assange remanded by London court

Assange remanded by London court

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was refused bail Tuesday by a British judge over claims of sex crimes in Sweden, dealing afresh blow to the website which vowed to stay online and reveal more US secrets.

Reindeer ‘cruelty’ slammed by rights group

Reindeer ‘cruelty’ slammed by rights group

Reindeer are being tormented when slaughtered, according to the animal rights organisation World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA).

Swedish man sliced in sex play snafu

Swedish man sliced in sex play snafu

A Swedish couple's recent attempt to spice up their sex lives went horribly wrong, putting the man in hospital and his girlfriend in handcuffs.

Swedish pupils slide in new global ranking

Swedish pupils slide in new global ranking

The reading comprehension and mathematics skills of 15-year-old Swedish students have deteriorated in the 2000s, a new triennial OECD study released on Tuesday has found.

Slain Swede’s husband implicated in plot

Slain Swede’s husband implicated in plot

A British businessman plotted to have his Swedish bride murdered on their honeymoon in South Africa, it was alleged in court on Tuesday, in a sensational twist to an apparent robbery and shooting.

WikiLeaks founder arrested in London

WikiLeaks founder arrested in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police Tuesday on a Swedish warrant for suspected rape, as the net finally closed on the website amid anger at its release of US secrets.

King’s Brazil trip a ‘conflict of interests’

King’s Brazil trip a ‘conflict of interests’

A state visit to Brazil by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf earlier this year may have constituted a conflict of interests, according to a Swedish bribery scholar.

Reinfeldt keen on housework: US embassy

Reinfeldt keen on housework: US embassy

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is a reserved person who likes to do housework and whose opinions are likely influenced a great deal by his wife Filippa, according to a cable from the US embassy released by WikiLeaks.

Sweden fifth in climate change ranking: survey

Sweden fifth in climate change ranking: survey

Sweden was unable to reclaim the top spot in a climate change performance ranking released on Monday at the ongoing climate summit in Cancún, Mexico, coming in fifth behind Brazil.

Assange to fight extradition to Sweden

Assange to fight extradition to Sweden

Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight an extradition request to Sweden, his lawyer said Tuesday, after British police received a demand to send him to face charges in Stockholm.