New Year’s Day bathers brave the Baltic

New Year’s Day bathers brave the Baltic

More than 80 people chose to welcome the new year by leaping into the Baltic for the annual winter swim in the southern town of Ystad.

Western trains halted by melting snow

Western trains halted by melting snow

Heavy rain in conjunction with the Christmas snow melting away caused traffic problems in western Sweden on Tuesday.

Swedes want Ivanhoe to pick the brunette

Swedes want Ivanhoe to pick the brunette

Swedes began the new year by loudly grumbling about the floppy-haired knight Ivanhoe picking a blonde wife over the stunning Jewish brunette in the 1982 film that is shown on New Year's Day every year.

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Lenient drug sentences worry Swedish police

The Swedish Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) has become more lenient when sentencing drug dealers, a trend that worries police who say it endangers their counter-narcotics work.

Reveller killed walking along motorway

Reveller killed walking along motorway

A young man was hit and killed by a car when he took a walk along the E6 motorway near Stenungsund on New Year's Eve, which also saw drunken spats and firework accidents across the country

Gothenburg drivers face new inner city fee

Gothenburg drivers face new inner city fee

Sweden's second city Gothenburg introduced a road toll on Tuesday for all motorists entering or leaving the city, similar to one already in place in the capital Stockholm.

Downton breaks museum’s visitor record

Downton breaks museum’s visitor record

Lady Mary's dinner attire and the Dowager Countess' lilac hat with the berry-cluster ornaments helped a Stockholm museum break its all-time visitor record in 2012, and prompted it to extend its opening hours as queues were spilling onto the pavement.