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UK teacher challenges Swedes to Minecraft

UK teacher challenges Swedes to Minecraft

An English high school has taken notice after teachers in Stockholm introduced compulsory Minecraft lessons for 13-year-old students, with one Englishman keen to pit his own students against those in Sweden.

‘Working abroad could affect your pension’

‘Working abroad could affect your pension’

As Swedes are about to receive their yearly public pension prediction in the post, the authorities note there are ways to calculate pensions even if you have spent part of your career working abroad.

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Politician got benefits for son working abroad

The Swedish police are looking into whether a Swedish municipal politician committed benefit fraud by paying his sons to be his personal assistants when one of them was studying abroad.

Young men top violent assault tables: study

Young men top violent assault tables: study

Men under the age of 29 account for half of all reported cases of violent assault in Sweden, a new review shows.

Swedish mechanics in short supply: industry

Swedish mechanics in short supply: industry

As the transport sector grows and vehicle design becomes more complex, Sweden faces a shortage of mechanics, an industry organization has warned.

‘Swedish hospitals send ambulances too often’

‘Swedish hospitals send ambulances too often’

More ambulances are being sent out for minor injuries in Sweden as emergency workers are afraid of making a potentially fatal mistake, according to a new report.

Malmö mayor of two decades to step down

Malmö mayor of two decades to step down

The Social Democrat mayor of Malmö, Ilmar Reepalu, has announced he is leaving the job on July 1st, saying he wants to spend more time with his grandchild.

‘No smoking for patients pre-surgery’: doctors

‘No smoking for patients pre-surgery’: doctors

Swedish doctors have proposed that patients must stop smoking cigarettes for four to eight weeks pre-surgery, in an attempt to quash the increased number of complications that smokers suffer after going under the knife.

Police on the hunt after suspected murder

Police on the hunt after suspected murder

Police have launched a murder investigation after one man was found dead and a woman found in a critical condition in southern Sweden on Sunday night.

Russia beats Sweden to win gold in bandy final

Russia beats Sweden to win gold in bandy final

The Sweden national bandy team went down 3-4 to Russia in the 2013 Bandy World Championships in western Sweden on Sunday.