Ten wackiest licence plates banned in Sweden

Ten wackiest licence plates banned in Sweden

See what sort of silly and sordid licence plate slogans Swedish authorities have deemed inappropriate for the country's roadways.

Sweden ‘violates the rights’ of guest workers

Sweden ‘violates the rights’ of guest workers

A European human rights body slammed Sweden on Wednesday for failing to guarantee equal rights for foreign guest workers, in a rebuke of reforms stemming from a case involving Latvian construction workers.

Pia Sundhage should coach Sweden’s men’s football team

Pia Sundhage should coach Sweden’s men’s football team

As Swedes try to recover from their World Cup play-off loss to Portugal, management expert Tor Krusell argues Sweden's best football coach ought to take over the men's team -- if she'd leave the women's national side behind.

Ikea dumps lesbians due to Russia anti-gay law

Ikea dumps lesbians due to Russia anti-gay law

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has been slammed for removing an interview with a lesbian couple from the Russian edition of a customer magazine, citing Russia's law prohibiting "gay propaganda".

‘Racist’ Christmas catalogue sparks outrage

‘Racist’ Christmas catalogue sparks outrage

Swedish department store Åhléns recalled its Christmas catalogue after complaints that two Perler bead figures looked like defamatory blackface figures.

Prenatal tests boost Swedish abortion figures

Prenatal tests boost Swedish abortion figures

More frequent prenatal testing for fetal abnormalities has lead to more early-term abortions in Sweden, a new report shows, with more than one in five foetuses now aborted following the discovery of chromosomal anomalies.

Statoil in Sweden sued for Roma discrimination

Statoil in Sweden sued for Roma discrimination

Sweden's Equality Ombudsman is suing Statoil after petrol station workers turned down members of the Roma community who were looking to hire a car during a test carried out by a Swedish broadcaster.

Ikea execs charged in French spying scandal

Ikea execs charged in French spying scandal

The CEO of Ikea in France and two other top executives were charged on Tuesday in connection with suspicions the French branch of the Swedish home furnishings giant illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers.

Mafia trial ‘abuses’ solitary confinement

Mafia trial ‘abuses’ solitary confinement

Södertälje mafia suspects appeared in court this week after years of being held in isolation, highlighting Sweden's penchant for long and incommunicado pre-trial detention periods that has some legal experts crying foul.

Older Swedes left behind in web surge

Older Swedes left behind in web surge

Almost half of Swedes feel left out of the information society, with older citizens most likely to report a sense of being left behind.

‘White working-class men drive European fascism’

‘White working-class men drive European fascism’

Are the Sweden Democrats a one-trick pony? And if not, are they left or right or something else? A new report from liberal think tank Timbro looking into their actual policies tried to find out.