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Curators of Sweden in Stockholm 'Tweet-up'

Curators of Sweden in Stockholm 'Tweet-up'

Almost one year after the inception of the “Curators of Sweden”, the ex-curators and organizers met up on Friday to plan the next step for the world's "most democratic" Twitter account.

Introducing... Camilla Henemark

Introducing... Camilla Henemark

Introducing... is The Local's guide to Swedish celebrity. In this installment David Landes gives the lowdown on Camilla Henemark - the busty pop-queen whose alleged affair with the king has once again put her in the spotlight.

Redundancy notices hit three-year high

Redundancy notices hit three-year high

Almost 50,000 people have been served redundancy notices in 2012, the highest figure in three years, according to new figures from Sweden's National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Two 'portly' old ladies tackle would-be thief

Two 'portly' old ladies tackle would-be thief

Two women in their seventies put a stop to a thief pilfering their possessions from their cruise ship cabin; describing themselves as "portly", the pair tackled the slightly-built burglar.

Swedish ministers hail EU Nobel Peace prize win

Swedish ministers hail EU Nobel Peace prize win

Several Swedish government ministers welcomed the news that the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, with foreign minister Carl Bildt claiming it was "highly deserved".

Elite Swedish school faces fine over hazing

Elite Swedish school faces fine over hazing

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has told the prestigious boarding school Lundsberg that it will impose a 500,000 kronor ($75,000) fine if it doesn't act to stamp out the practice of bullying and violence among pupils.

Sweden braces for snow as mercury plummets

Sweden braces for snow as mercury plummets

Temperatures are set to drop across Sweden next week, with the Swedish Meteorlogical and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) predicting as much as 20 centimetres of snow in some parts of the country.

Mo Yan win 'denigrates' Nobel lit prize: artist

Mo Yan win 'denigrates' Nobel lit prize: artist

The Swedish Academy's choice of Mo Yan for the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been slammed by Chinese dissidents and regime critics, including artist Ai Weiwei who called the decision "a joke".

Swedish research to be 'peer-reviewed' abroad

Swedish research to be 'peer-reviewed' abroad

A new government proposition released Thursday stated that Swedish research will be assessed and evaluated by foreign colleagues in a so-called “peer-review” programme, designed in the aim of making Sweden a world leader in research.

Chihuahua dead after police 'hit and run'

Chihuahua dead after police 'hit and run'

A Chihuahua was run over and killed by a police car in southern Sweden on Thursday, yet the officer “didn't notice” the incident and drove away, prompting the owner to report the matter to police.

Greenpeace activists charged for nuke break-in

Greenpeace activists charged for nuke break-in

Thirty activists who broke into two Swedish nuclear power plants on Tuesday were formally charged with trespassing on Friday.