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Woman collapses after self-immolation threat

A woman threatened to set herself on fire outside the County Court in central Gothenburg on Friday after she had her asylum application rejected.

Anger over Norway's fighter plane rejection

Anger over Norway's fighter plane rejection

A former Saab executive lashed out at the Norwegian government on Friday over its handling of a decision to reject the Gripen in favour of the American F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Swedish DNA tests confirm remains of Copernicus

Swedish DNA tests confirm remains of Copernicus

Strands of hair found in a book at Uppsala University have been used to confirm that a skeleton discovered in Poland is that of 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Estonia victim families demand new probe

Estonia victim families demand new probe

Relatives of the victims of a 1994 Baltic Sea ferry sinking, which claimed the lives of 501 Swedes, are stepping up pressure for a new probe of enduring claims that the disaster was caused by an explosion.

Icelandair offers discount as thanks for Nordic loan

Icelandair offers discount as thanks for Nordic loan

To show its appreciation for Thursday's offer of financial assistance from Iceland's Nordic neighbours, the country's airline, Icelandair, said on Friday it was offering a 25 percent discount on all economy class seats.

Carnegie to be broken up for eventual sale

Carnegie to be broken up for eventual sale

Sweden's National Debt Office (Riksgälden) said on Friday it plans to sell Carnegie's investment banking arm and insurance broker Max Matthiessen as separate units.

Two Swedish towns hit by AstraZeneca cuts

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca said Thursday it would slash 1,400 jobs by 2013, affecting operations in Umeå in northern Sweden, as well as Södertalje south of Stockholm.

Swedish baby born in skies above Kazakhstan

A Swedish mother is celebrating the remarkable birth of her new daughter, who was welcomed to the world high above Kazakhstan in the back of a Finnair jet.

Justice minister offers concessions on file sharing law

The Swedish government has indicated it plans to move forward with a controversial anti-file sharing law but that the proposal will be altered in an attempt to appease some of the measure's many critics.

Riksdag ratifies EU's Lisbon treaty

Riksdag ratifies EU's Lisbon treaty

The Riksdag voted late Thursday night to ratify the European Union's Lisbon reform treaty, making Sweden the 25th of the 27 EU members to approve the text.