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Envoy reacts to Ecuador ridicule in Sweden

Envoy reacts to Ecuador ridicule in Sweden

Ecuador's ambassador to Sweden Thursday defended his homeland against criticism over press freedom following its granting of asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted by authorities in Stockholm.

Swedish royal fury over 'offensive' artwork

Swedish royal fury over 'offensive' artwork

A Swedish artist said on Thursday she has no plans to apologize to the country's royals for an "offensive" picture depicting the King Carl XVI Gustaf eating pizza off a naked woman's body and Queen Silvia wiping a swastika off the floor.

Swedes lick their lips in Cinnamon Bun Day feast

Swedes lick their lips in Cinnamon Bun Day feast

While some countries marked World Animal Day on October 4th, Swedes were out in force to celebrate something completely different: National Cinnamon Bun Day.

'Northern Swedes need to know you before they'll drink with you'

'Northern Swedes need to know you before they'll drink with you'

While viewing an acquaintance's small illicit alcohol still, ex-Londoner Paul Connolly ponders the surprising reticence of northern Swedes to drink in company.

Man jailed for 18 years after Malmö murder

Man jailed for 18 years after Malmö murder

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday for the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old man in Malmö in January, while two suspected accomplices were freed.

Tintin ‘too racist’ for one in ten Swedish libraries

Tintin ‘too racist' for one in ten Swedish libraries

Ten percent of Swedish libraries don't stock Tintin comic books on their shelves, according to a new survey, deeming the content to be “too racist” for their patrons.

Vattenfall: new Swedish nuke plant 'years away'

Vattenfall: new Swedish nuke plant 'years away'

Power group Vattenfall believes it will take several years before a decision can be made to build another Swedish nuclear reactor, the head of its nuclear operations told a newspaper on Thursday.

Swedes paid off Russian expert in secret intel deal

Swedes paid off Russian expert in secret intel deal

Two Swedish military agencies at the centre of a scandal over plans to help build a weapons factory in Saudi Arabia also secretly paid millions of kronor to a Russian arms expert for information relevant to the project, a new report has revealed.

Hacktivists threaten 'biggest attack' on Friday

Hacktivists threaten 'biggest attack' on Friday

After incapacitating the Swedish Riksbank website in a DDOS attack late on Wednesday night, a spokesperson claiming ties to hacktivist network Anonymous promised the “biggest” attack so far to take place on Friday.

Mother suspected of abducting own kids

A 45-year-old woman from southern Sweden and her two children have been missing for three months, presumed to be hiding from authorities after social services took the two kids into care.

Assange surety backers face anxious wait

Assange surety backers face anxious wait

Nine backers of Julian Assange who put up £140,000 ($225,000) between them in surety cash face an anxious wait to find out if they will lose their money, following a court hearing Wednesday.