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Ikea used East German prison labour: report

Swedish furniture giant Ikea used East German political prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s to help build sofas at a factory that sat adjacent to a prison, according to German media reports.

Kitten straddles gas tank in 70-km ride of terror

Kitten straddles gas tank in 70-km ride of terror

When Kristina Karlsson arrived back from work on Monday afternoon she found her car was occupied by an unusual stowaway.

Bank staff under threat due to cash shortage

Bank staff under threat due to cash shortage

Swedish banking giant Nordea’s decision to stop all cash handling at certain offices is exposing staff to threats and offensive behaviour, according to the Financial Sector Union of Sweden (Finansförbundet).

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Longer sentence for man who killed ‘by mistake’

The 37-year-old man who claimed he accidentally killed a 17-year-old girl during a sex act "that went too far” was given a longer sentence by the Swedish court of appeals on Friday.

Swedish cop: gays a ‘cancer on society’

Swedish cop: gays a ‘cancer on society’

A police officer in Malmö in southern Sweden is under investigation after having called homosexuals a “cancer on society” in reference to a lesbian colleague who also serves as the department's hate crimes educator.

Post-it wars spread to Swedish offices

Post-it wars spread to Swedish offices

Following France’s example, offices in Sweden are now competing to create the most elaborate Post-it characters displayed in their windows.

Three sacked over Facebook ‘threats’

Three sacked over Facebook ‘threats’

Three employees at a company in Piteå, in the north of Sweden, have been fired and one reported to the police after posting “threatening” comments against one of the managers on Facebook.

Stockholm graffiti – beating the ban

Stockholm graffiti – beating the ban

Behind the Stockholm council's draconian "zero tolerance" policy on graffiti is hidden a rich but underground Swedish graffiti culture, inspired by the scene in New York City, contributor Katherine Dunn discovers.

Juvenile offenders work off their foul play

Juvenile offenders work off their foul play

Sweden’s juvenile offenders are increasingly sentenced to community service rather than juvenile detention or paying fines related to damages, according to an assessment by the National Council (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå).

Director alters ending in Millennium movie

Director alters ending in Millennium movie

David Fincher, the director of the forthcoming Hollywood version of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) has changed the ending of the story

Teenage blast suspect released from custody

Teenage blast suspect released from custody

The 15-year-old Swedish boy who has been held in custody on suspicion of being behind the pre-school blast in the Stockholm suburb of Sköndal three weeks ago was released on Thursday.