‘We are so happy and relieved’: parents

The 25-year-old man who went missing from his Uppsala flat on December 28th has been found alive in an apartment in Umeå, in the north of Sweden, according to police.

'We are so happy and relieved': parents

“He was found by police around 1pm this afternoon, alive, and under the circumstances well,” said Lisa Sannervik of the Uppsala police to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The man had gone missing from his Uppsala flat on December 28th and police had been working hard to discover his whereabouts.

Quite early on, police suspected that the man, who is a medical student at Uppsala University but whose family owns a large business, could have been kidnapped and held ransom.

However, the investigation took a surprising turn when police picked up some signals from the man’s phone in the area of Örebro, in central Sweden, on New Year’s Eve.

“The county communication centre in Uppsala turned to us after they had discovered the mobile phone signals,” said Kenneth Johannesson, of the Örebro police, to daily newspaper Nerikes Allehanda (NA) at the time.

A signal was detected at a telephone mast in nearby Laxå, and a little bit later another signal came in from a location near or in the University Hospital in Örebro.

After confirming that the man was not admitted to the hospital, the police in Örebro had no more help to give the Uppsala police as the trace went dead there.

On Tuesday a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were brought in by police for questioning after being stopped in their car outside Uppsala. When searching their vehicle, police found things belonging to the missing man.

Police are currently unable to say anything about the third suspect, as they are in a delicate stage of the investigation.

The case has been handed over to the International Prosecution Chamber, a move which is described as a routine measure.

The missing 25-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment shortly after his discovery. His family are reportedly delighted to hear the news that he is safe and well.

“We are so happy and relieved that we have no energy to talk or make any other statements at the moment,” the man’s parents said to Swedish paper Östgöta Correspondenten on Wednesday.

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Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Three Swedish universities made it into the top 100 in an annual ranking of the world's best schools on Tuesday, but some of the country's higher education seats dropped from last year.

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Students at Lund University. Photo: Aline Lessner/

Lund in southern Sweden was again picked as Sweden's top university and came 73rd in the QS World University Rankings, but dropped three ranks on last year (and down from 60 in 2014).

Eight Swedish universities feature in the QS rankings, and all but three fell in the global list.

The ancient Uppsala University climbed back to the top 100, landing a spot in 98th place. Further down the list, Linköping and Umeå Universities both edged up to 282nd and 294th place, up from 286th and 319th, respectively.

The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) dropped from 92nd to 97th place. Gothenburg-based Chalmers University of Technology fell from number 132 to 139 (which is still an improvement on its 175th place in the 2014 QS World University Rankings).

Lund was given a five-star ranking in addition to its place in the list. “Lund is Sweden's most attractive study destination. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations,” read the QS description.

“The university has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries. Funding of more than 5 billion kronor a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives Lund one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity.”

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Now in their 13th year, the annual rankings are compiled by global higher education analysts Quacquerelli Symonds (QS), and rank 916 institutions according to four key pillars: research, teaching employability and internationalization.

For the first time in more than a decade US universities took all three top spots, with MIT placing first for the fifth successive year ahead of Stanford and Harvard, knocking Britain's Cambridge to fourth.

Tuesday's list comes less than a month after the Shanghai Rankings, which picked the Karolinska Institute as the best university in Sweden.