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Archive for Mon, 26 Apr 2010

Sweden sees first quarter trade surplus shrivel

Sweden's trade surplus for the first three months of 2010 was 25.3 percent lower than the same period last year, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

Swedish lifers are living as monks

Swedish lifers are living as monks

At Skänninge prison close to the picturesque village of Vadstena, twelve lifers and long-termers are being given the chance to live in a monastic community, enjoying greater freedom than their fellow prisoners. They are the result of a unique Jesuit experiment that began in the high security jail at Kumla. Lysanne Sizoo spent a day with the Brothers at Skänninge.

Film industry demands fines from Pirate Bay pair

Film industry demands fines from Pirate Bay pair

13 major film companies have filed writ against two of the men behind The Pirate Bay demanding payment of 500,000 kronor fines for continuing to operate the file sharing website despite a court order from October 2009.

Swedish paper mills mull strike extension

A strike by Swedish paper mill workers that has already cost the industry 510 million kronor ($70 million) could spread to six more plants on Monday evening.

Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

Opposition announces high-speed rail plans

The left-green opposition parties have agreed to invest heavily in rail and public transport if they win the election in September, including the construction of high-speed railway lines.

Youth gang forces Malmö pre-school closure

A pre-school in Malmö's Rosengård district was shut down on Monday morning in the interests of staff safety following an extended period of threats and harassment from a gang of local youths.

Paralysed woman has right to die: health board

Paralysed woman has right to die: health board

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has advised that a 32-year-old woman who is completely paralysed and has been on a respirator since she was six has the right to decide to terminate her treatment.

SAS seeks volcanic ash compensation

SAS seeks volcanic ash compensation

Scandinavian airline SAS is hoping to emerge financial unscathed from the recent air traffic disruption, with the airline planning to apply for 640 million kronor ($89 million) in EU aid.

Man jailed for repeated rape of teen stepdaughter

A 37-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for raping his teenage stepdaughter more than 200 times over a six year period.

Bishop 'ready to resign' over sex abuse silence

Bishop 'ready to resign' over sex abuse silence

Bishop Anders Arborelius has said that he is "prepared to take the consequences" over the failure to investigate the alleged abuse of two sisters by a paedophile priest, first brought to the Catholic Church's attention in 1990.

Söderling defeated in Barcelona final

Swedish second seed Robin Söderling was defeated by Spain's fifth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to keep the Barcelona claycourt title at home for the eighth straight year.