The news from Sweden by the numbers

We've put a new twist on our weekly look back at the news from Sweden. So whether you fancy yourself a fan of figures or simply need to catch up on the week's news, have a look at our week in review, this time by the numbers.

The news from Sweden by the numbers

Do you know what week it is, by the way?

The Local’s Oliver Gee posed that question to Stockholmers in a humorous video that accompanied his look at why Swedes seem to be so obsessed with numbers.

Speaking of videos, a weather enthusiast on the Baltic island of Gotland captured an amazing weather phenomenon this week, shooting footage of a liquid tornado framed by a rainbow. Check it out.

IN PICTURES: The week in numbers: August 12th – 16th

Convicted serial sniper Peter Mangs reversed two-and-a-half years of denial, admitting this week that he did indeed murder a 20-year-old Swedish woman in Malmö in 2009.

Sweden’s largest unions were left red-faced after sending a typo-strewn letter inviting US President Barack Obama to a meeting during his upcoming visit to Sweden, a country deemed “high-risk” by the US Secret Service.

We caught up with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to find out why he decided to invite his Nordic colleagues to join in the first-ever bilateral meeting with a sitting US president hosted in Sweden.

The Local’s Ann Törnkvist looks at why residents in northern Sweden literally buried themselves underground to protest new mining operations, which critics claim don’t give any money back to local communities.

Elsewhere, don’t miss our profile on the man with the biggest knife in the world, our list of the zaniest Swedish drinking song lyrics, or fashion columnist Victoria Hussey’s examination of whether traditional Swedish folk costumes are due for a comeback.

Looking for more stories from the past week? Don’t miss our week in review gallery — by the numbers.

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