Swede jailed for torching own luxury villa

Magnus Lundberg, the boyfriend of Swedish celebrity doctor Åsa Vilbäck, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for burning down a luxury villa in February.

The Stockholm mansion, which Lundberg himself had bought for 19 million kronor ($2.7 million) in late February, was destroyed in a ferocious blaze, and police first arrested Lundberg on suspicion of arson three months ago.

Lundberg continually denied the allegations that he had torched his own house, but the evidence piled up against him.

The Attunda District Court decided Tuesday that Lundberg was indeed guilty and sentenced him to prison for arson, as well as fraud and receiving stolen goods.

Among the evidence was a surveillance video of Lundberg buying large containers of lighter fluid from a store only days before the blaze, which forensic investigators revealed was the same type used in the fire.

Lundberg claimed in court that the lighter fluid was bought with the intention of burning weeds in his garden.

The GPS of his car also showed that he was in the area at the time, which Lundberg claimed was the result of someone borrowing his car.

According to Aftonbladet, the motive for the crime may be that his plans to renovate the house had not been approved, and he wanted to get his deposit back.

The case had received widespread media attention in national media as Lundberg’s girlfriend Åsa Vilbäck is a Swedish celebrity, TV host and ex-pin up model.

The house had previously belonged to the late Harry Schein who founded the Swedish Film Institute.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).