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Never Mind the Genitals, Here's Lilla Lovis

Never Mind the Genitals, Here's Lilla Lovis

With lyrics detailing oral sex and female rape, candy-haired Swedish singer Lilla Lovis leaves few listeners unperturbed, and offers no excuses for it, contributor Katherine Dunn reports.

Bomb scare empties government offices

Bomb scare empties government offices

Parts of Sweden's government offices at Rosenbad in Stockholm were evacuated on Thursday morning following the discovery of two suspicious packages, one of which was reportedly a gift from Uruguay's visiting president.

Loophole may make speeding legal in Sweden

Loophole may make speeding legal in Sweden

Lead-footed motorists are escaping fines despite breaking the speed limits on Swedish roads due to a recently discovered bureaucratic oversight which has legal experts wondering whether current laws apply.

Eatery forced Chinese chef into 'slave labour'

A Chinese chef who collapsed from exhaustion on the streets of Gothenburg after being forced to work under 'slave-like' conditions has received a large indemnity following his ordeal.

Google adds Swedish timetable service

Google adds Swedish timetable service

Google Sweden has announced the launch of its Google Transit service in the country, offering a nationwide timetable service integrated into its Google Maps navigation tool.

Swedish castles with sizzle: a sampler

Swedish castles with sizzle: a sampler

Sweden is home to hundreds of castles featuring tales of bloodthirsty royals, quirky millionaires, adult-rated films, and other untold secrets.

How did the Social Democrats end up in such chaos?

How did the Social Democrats end up in such chaos?

The Social Democrats' malaise goes far deeper than the expenses scandal engulfing leader Håkan Juholt, political scientist Nicholas Aylott writes, arguing that the party needs to decide its ideological path and to pick its leader accordingly.

Kalmar mall gutted in suspected arson case

Kalmar mall gutted in suspected arson case

A major shopping centre in Kalmar in southern Sweden was ravaged by fire on Wednesday night in a blaze police believe was intentionally set.

Borg: EU debt crisis not just a eurozone issue

Borg: EU debt crisis not just a eurozone issue

The current debt crisis is a concern for all of Europe, not just to eurozone countries, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg tells AFP's Nina Larsson, highlighting the vulnerability of banks and exports in Sweden as an example.

Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this

Jesse Jackson: Swedes are better than this

Reverend Jesse Jackson called for global unity in a speech in Lund on Wednesday night, telling students “it is in your interest to fight for multiculturalism,” in a visit prompted by the slave auction controversy in April.

Nordic royals plan New York get-together

Nordic royals plan New York get-together

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia plan to join other Nordic royals in New York next week for a glittering ball and exhibition of Scandinavian art.

Swedes to face Ethiopia court next week

The trial of two Swedish journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia will begin next week, a government spokesman said Wednesday.