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Does Sweden's tax system really screw the rich?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:56
People tend to believe two things about Swedish taxes: firstly, that they are extremely high and, secondly, that Swedes pay them readily because of the high level of public services they receive in return and their commitment to the welfare state.

Stockholm's Vasa Museum sails into top spot on most-visited list

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 04:50
Stockholm's Vasa Museum, showcasing a well-preserved centuries-old shipwreck, is now the country’s most visited museum.

Ikea causes stir by asking customers to pee on their new ad

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 02:56
Swedish furniture giant Ikea made international headlines after asking customers to urinate on their new print advert if they want a discount when buying a crib.

Swedish unemployment drops in 2017

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 23:52
Unemployment in Sweden continued to decline during 2017, according to new stats from the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Almost half of Swedes think racism will increase in the country

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:58
Almost half of Swedes surveyed in a new study said they think racism will grow in the country over the coming year, while a similar amount said they had witnessed it in the 12 months before.

Man killed by grenade in Stockholm suburb 'thought it was a toy'

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 22:11
The son of a man killed after picking up a hand grenade in a Stockholm suburb says his father thought the object was a toy.

10 telltale signs you've gone native in Sweden

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 21:59
Ever find yourself doing something more... Swedish than you expected, after a few years living in the country? You've probably gone native. Here are 10 signs it has happened.

Swedish chef creates hybrid 'nacho semla bun'

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:58
A Swedish pastry chef has combined two culinary traditions in his latest sweet creation: a bizarre-sounding, but apparently delicious, ‘nacho semla bun’.

Swedish police improve rape case processing rate, but violent crime slips

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:43
The number of cases processed by Sweden's police and sent to prosecutors increased in 2017 for the first time since 2010, with the rate improving considerably when it comes to rape cases.

Family found dead in 'tragic event' at home in southern Sweden

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 03:04
Police in southern Sweden have launched a preliminary investigation into murder after a family was found dead in Bjärred, near Lund.

Swedish government proposes ban on pet abandonment

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:49
People who abandon domestic animals would face harsher punishment under a new bill put forward by two Swedish ministers.

Sweden’s football association sticks boot in over match Denmark cancelled

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:24
Sweden has demanded compensation for a women’s World Cup qualification match cancelled by the Danish Football Association (Dansk Boldspil-Union, DBU) due to a dispute over pay.

Swedish telecom giants Tele2 and Com Hem to merge

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 23:50
Tele2 and Com Hem, two of Sweden’s biggest telecom companies, have announced they plan to merge and create a new joint venture.

Swedish startup's 'UFO' turns heads at Vegas electronics show

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:54
Swedish beauty startup Foreo is launching a "UFO" to make salon-style face mask treatments as much a part of people's days as brushing teeth.

Sweden warns cutting US aid to Palestinians would be 'destabilizing' for Middle East

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:18
Sweden, a big donor country that has recognized Palestine as a state, warned Tuesday that any US decision to withdraw funds to the UN agency for Palestinians would be destabilizing for the Middle East.

12 things you must do in Sweden in 2018

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:59
Each month brings its share of unique activities in Sweden. Here are our picks for enjoying 2018 the Swedish way.

Stockholm subway station explosion was a hand grenade, police confirm

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:42
An explosion at a suburban Stockholm subway station which left a man dead was caused by a hand grenade, police confirmed on Tuesday.

Number of asylum requests in Sweden hits eight-year low

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:36
The number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden reached an eight-year low in 2017, according to data from the Migration Agency, which also announced it has cleared its backlog.

Swedish government orders investigation into rise in reported rapes

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:53
Sweden's government has ordered the country's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brå) to look into why the number of reported rapes in the country has increased.

The Weeknd to end H&M partnership over 'monkey' ad controversy

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 02:34
Canadian singer The Weeknd has ended his partnership with H&M after the Swedish clothing giant caused outrage by releasing an advert featuring a black child wearing a "coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie.