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Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies

Stockholm - Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

Palestinians seek Eurovision apology over banned flag

Ramallah - A senior Palestinian official Saturday demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden.

Pomp as Sweden's king celebrates 70th birthday

Stockholm - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday joined by royals from Europe and beyond, as Swedes lined the streets to wish him many happy returns.

Finland risks 'serious crisis' with Russia if it joins NATO: Study

Helsinki - If Finland joined NATO it would provoke a "serious crisis" with neighbouring Russia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday.

Brussels suspect 'dumped metro bomb in toilet'

Brussels - A Swedish suspect in the Brussels and Paris attacks has told investigators that he dumped the explosives that he carried onto the Belgian capital's metro system into the toilet, reports said Friday.

Spain bristles at Eurovision ban of Basque flag... alongside IS

Madrid - Spain reacted with fury Friday at the Eurovision's inclusion of the Basque regional flag on a list of banned banners during the song contest, alongside the Islamic State group flag.

Sweden cuts sentence for doctor who held woman in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish doctor who drugged and kidnapped a woman he planned to keep in a soundproof bunker for years had his prison sentence reduced on appeal Thursday, from 10 to eight years.

Immigration puts Swedish schools to the test

Stockholm - Sweden's schools were already struggling with demoralised teachers and declining test scores before the arrival of masses of young migrants whose needs have put unprecedented strain on the system.

Romania barred from Eurovision for back debts

Stockholm - Romania has been barred from this year's Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the European Broadcasting Union, the EBU said Friday.

Brussels suspect Krayem charged over Paris attacks

Brussels - Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged in connection with the Brussels bombings, has also been charged over the Paris attacks, Belgian media reported Tuesday citing prosecutors.

Baby boy for Princess Sofia of Sweden

Stockholm - Princess Sofia of Sweden, married to fourth-in-line to the throne Carl Philip, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, the palace announced.

Swedish minister quits after comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

Stockholm - A Swedish cabinet minister of Turkish origin who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and was photographed with Turkish ultranationalists resigned on Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced.

Swedish prosecutors oppose lifting of Assange arrest warrant

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Thursday they were opposed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defense lawyers' request to lift a European arrest warrant against him over a 2010 rape allegation.

Sweden military servers hacked, used in 2013 attack on U.S. banks

Stockholm - Swedish military computers were hacked and used in an attack targeting major US banks in 2013, the armed forces said on Monday.The attack knocked out the web pages of as many as 20 major US banks and financial institutions, sometimes for several days.

Osama Krayem, a Swedish radical linked to Brussels attacks

Stockholm - Swedish national Osama Krayem, charged with terrorist murders over the Brussels metro bombing, is remembered back home as an idle youth who smoked and drank before suddenly turning radical and heading off to wage jihad in Syria.

Sex trade less visible, but alive and well in northern Europe

Oslo - Streetwalkers have largely disappeared from the sidewalks but prostitution remains alive and well in northern Europe where laws criminalising the purchase of sex have been in place for years, illustrating the limits of legislation.

Wikimedia art database breaks copyright law: Swedish court

Stockholm - Sweden's highest court on Monday found Wikimedia Sweden guilty of violating copyright laws by providing free access to its database of artwork photographs without the artists' consent.

Mature student: Swedish centenarian is offered place in nursery school

Stockholm - Four years after celebrating her centenary, a woman in a town in western Sweden has been offered a place in the local kindergarten."It's fantastic!

I want freedom in Europe: IS chief Baghdadi's ex-wife

Stockholm - An ex-wife of Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with whom he had a daughter, wants to live in Europe "in freedom", she told Swedish daily Expressen in an interview published Thursday.

Assange could leave Ecuador embassy this year: Lawyer

Guatemala City - Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, could leave his refuge before the end of this year, a high-profile former Spanish judge who leads his legal team told AFP on Wednesday.

Disgraced celebrity surgeon's spoiled dreams of fame

Stockholm - Dreams of fame and fortune turned into a nightmare for a once-renowned Italian surgeon who compared himself to Doctor Frankenstein and now stands accused of using patients as guinea pigs.

Swedish Academy denounces Salman Rushdie fatwa after 27 years

Stockholm - After a silence lasting 27 years, the Swedish institution which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature denounced Thursday the Iranian fatwa on British writer Salman Rushdie.

Brussels blasts 'attack against democratic Europe': Swedish PM

Stockholm - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven described the blasts at Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations on Tuesday as an attack against European democracy."It is an attack against democratic Europe.

Swedish school performance hamstrung by immigration

Stockholm - The failure of immigrant students to catch up with their peers in Sweden is a key factor in the country's overall decline in educational achievement and test scores, the Education Agency said Monday.

Jetliner stowaway seeks asylum in Sweden

Stockholm - Ground crew staff at Stockholm's Arlanda airport made a shocking discovery Monday when they found a stowaway hidden in a cargo container on a flight from Ethiopia, police said.

Swedish store uses smartphones instead of cashiers

Viken - IT specialist, Robert Ilijason, had a late-night journey of over 20 minutes to find a supermarket that was open after he had to find a store to buy baby food to feed his hungry toddler, after he broke his last jar of the food.

'I'm going to die': Swedish girl tells of life under IS

Stockholm - Marilyn Nevalainen was just 15 years old, and pregnant, when she left Sweden with a jihadist recruit, though she did not realise what a mistake she had made until she was in Iraq.

Syrian asylum-seeker accused of war crimes in Sweden

Stockholm - A Syrian asylum-seeker appeared in court in Sweden Thursday accused of war crimes, with photographs on the Internet forming part of the evidence against him, a prosecutor said.

Swedish doctor jailed for holding woman captive in bunker

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced a doctor to 10 years in prison for drugging and kidnapping a woman he planned to keep in a specially-built soundproof bunker for years.

Finland's anti-migrant 'Soldiers of Odin' patrols spread to Norway

Oslo - Volunteer street patrols calling themselves the Soldiers of Odin and claiming to protect locals from asylum seekers walked the streets of several Norwegian towns this weekend, as the group founded in Finland branches out across northern Europe.
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Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
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Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström
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Canada's Chris Kunitz (R) is congratulated by teammates, including goalie Roberto Luongo (L) and Alex Pietrangelo (3rd L), after scoring against Sweden during the third period of their men's ice hockey gold medal match at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014
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Stockholm's City Hall stands on the eastern corner of Kungsholmen island. The City Hall is the political centre of the Swedish capital and one of its best-known landmarks .
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Photo shows Saudi Arabia's Swedish embassy in Stockholm.
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The Riksdagshuset, the Swedish House of Parliament
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Female Iranian communists protest the hijab in Stockholm, Sweden
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TF1 news highlights Finland and calls it Sweden (screen shot)
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Old buildings on Gamla Stan's waterfront.
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Eighty percent of transactions in Sweden are made online or by debit/credit card
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A family of ducks crosses a pathway near the shore of Lake Mälaren in Sigtuna.
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Swedish steelmaker SSAB said it will acquire Finnish competitor Rautaruukki, hoping to reduce costs and boost competitiveness in the sluggish steel market
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Swedish cleaning lady steals commuter train, derails it and crashes into an apartment building.
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Billboard straddling the Norway/Sweden border advertising the fact that Swedish Big Mac's are cheaper.
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The Göteborg Law Courts.
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Round Smörgåstårta (Swedish sandwich cake), beautifully decorated with fruits and vegetables, lemon wedges, prawns and a Swedish flag.
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MAGNUS MUHR is a 39 YEAR OLD PHOTOGRAPHER from Sweden who, in his spare time, likes to invent the most hilarious scenarios for dead flies. Thanks Magnus, for giving the world a good laugh.
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Smoke bombs bursting at a Swedish hockey game in Stockhold.
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Carl Michael von Hausswolff
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The crystal work of Bertil Vallien "Die Reise"
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