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KIDNAPPING

Abductee ‘had a crush’ on female suspect

The 25-year-old man who was abducted and held in an abandoned school in northern Sweden was in love with the 23-year-old woman suspected of kidnapping him, according to the suspect's father.

Abductee 'had a crush' on female suspect

The 25-year-old student from Uppsala, who comes from a wealthy family, went missing on December 28th and was found eight days in a remote building in northern Sweden. 

Three people, a 26-year-old and 25-year-old man, as well as a 23-year-old woman, are being held on suspicion of carrying out the abduction.

But the father of one of the alleged kidnappers claims that the 25-year-old victim was in love with his daughter, based on a conversation he had with the victim’s father.

“He called me and told me his son was in love with my daughter,” the 23-year-old woman’s father told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The woman’s father claims he received a call from the 25-year-old’s father two days after the Uppsala student went missing, something confirmed by the lawyer representing the 25-year-old.

However, lawyer Ylva Orrenius said her client’s father made the call to get the number of the 23-year-old woman.

Orrenius also cast doubt on claims her client and the 23-year-old may have been a couple.

“He has a fiancée with whom he’s very much in love and they’re going to get married this summer,” she told the newspaper.

The 23-year-old woman and the 25-year-old kidnapping victim come from the same city, are both members of the same church and study psychology together at Uppsala. The woman had also posted pictures of the 25-year-old on her Facebook page, along with comments praising his good looks.

The woman’s father understood his daughter was close friends with the wealthy 25-year-old, who she sometimes referred to as her “roommate”.

“Having a millionaire son-in-law wouldn’t be all bad,” the woman’s father told Aftonbladet.

Later in the week, police are expected to conduct further interviews with the 25-year-old, along with the three suspects.

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UNIVERSITY

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/imagebank.sweden.se

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.”

THE LOCAL SWITZERLAND: ETH Zurich best in continental Europe

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.