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Last rites for Sweden’s divine hotline

Last rites for Sweden's divine hotline

The Swedish government is proposing to call time on a service that allows people to talk to a pastor by ringing the national emergency number 112, a move that counters action to cut suicide rates, the service's national coordinator has said.

Top Republican: Sweden should take in Snowden

Top Republican: Sweden should take in Snowden

Former two-term Republican US senator Gordon Humphrey has called Sweden the "ideal country" to provide refuge to whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying that it "has a reputation for high-mindedness" and is only a short flight from Moscow.

Skanska profits boosted by US operations

Skanska profits boosted by US operations

Swedish construction and engineering firm Skanska reported higher than expected second quarter profits on Thursday, helped by growth in its US construction operations, but added that competition remains "intense".

Eight hurt as Gothenburg trams collide

Eight hurt as Gothenburg trams collide

Eight people sustained injuries after two trams collided in central Gothenburg on Thursday morning causing severe traffic problems.

Spanish police hunt murder suspect Swede

Spanish police hunt murder suspect Swede

Police on Gran Cranaria are searching for a Swedish man in his thirties in connection with the murder of a 32-year-old women in Las Palmas, with media reports indicating that the man has fled to Turkey.

Swedish zoo celebrates geriatric gibbon birth

Swedish zoo celebrates geriatric gibbon birth

The recent birth of a healthy baby gibbon at a zoo in central Sweden has surprised keepers, given that its infamously fertile parents are well into their 40s, a rarity for the species.

Tentacle fetishist to bring back 'Swedish sin'

Tentacle fetishist to bring back 'Swedish sin'

Swedish fetish pin-up Calamity Amelie is on a mission to ensure adult entertainment actors are properly paid, to put Sweden back on the industry map with the help of rubber tentacles, and wants women to be valued for more than their looks.

'Government must act on alcohol tax': minister

'Government must act on alcohol tax': minister

The government must fulfil its pre-election promise to raise taxes on alcohol by 2014, said Health Minister Maria Larsson on Thursday, adding that time is ticking on the matter to be resolved before its second terms draws to a close.

Police prosecution rates trail national average

Police prosecution rates trail national average

Half of police officers prosecuted for excessive violence are freed by the courts, showed a new review on Thursday that followed a highly publicized video of a Stockholm policewoman hitting a man repeatedly with her baton.

Ericsson shares fall despite profits hike

Ericsson shares fall despite profits hike

Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has reported a net profit of 2.16 billion kronor for the second quarter 2013, news which sent the firm's stock tumbling by almost 5 percent in early trading on Thursday.