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Sweden ex-envoy cleared in China dissident case

Stockholm - A Stockholm court on Friday cleared Sweden's former ambassador to Beijing of charges of overstepping her mandate by trying to negotiate the release of a Chinese dissident.

Virus pariah Sweden's reputation takes a hit

Stockholm - Sweden has long enjoyed a strong reputation as a world leader on issues like gender equality and human rights, but its reputation is taking a beating over its softer approach to the new coronavirus, with Swedes now unwelcome across much of Europe.

Stockholm guide offers COVID-weary Swedes a tour of pandemics past

Stockholm - With tourists confined at home and Stockholmers avoiding crowds, a guide is trying to boost business with tours of the city's previous pandemics, from the black death to cholera outbreaks.

Sweden names chief suspect in PM murder, closes probe

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Wednesday named their main suspect in the 1986 killing of prime minister Olof Palme, closing the murder case that has gripped the Scandinavian country for more than three decades.

Prosecutors close probe into Swedish PM murder, suspect dead

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday they had closed their investigation into the 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme as their main suspect, a Swede known for his opposition to Palme's leftwing policies, was now dead.

Who killed the Swedish PM? Suspense as probe nears end

Stockholm - In a highly anticipated announcement, Swedish prosecutors will reveal Wednesday whether they are pressing charges or closing the investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme.

Sweden didn't lock down, but economy to plunge anyway

Stockholm - Unlike most countries, Sweden never locked down during the coronavirus pandemic, largely keeping businesses operating, but the economy appears to be taking a hard hit nonetheless.

Sweden puts ex-envoy on trial over China dissident negotiations

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors argued Friday that the country's former ambassador to China overstepped her role and risked national security by trying to negotiate the release of a dissident, as the first day of her trial concluded.

Sweden to announce landmark decision on 1986 Palme murder

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors will announce on Wednesday whether they plan to press charges or close the investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme.

Sweden puts ex-envoy on trial over China dissident negotiations

Stockholm - Sweden's former ambassador to China went on trial in Stockholm on Friday accused of overstepping her mandate and risking national security by trying to negotiate the release of a dissident.

Sweden admits virus response could have been better

Stockholm - Sweden's top epidemiologist said Wednesday there was room for improvement in the country's controversial softer approach to curbing the spread of COVID-19, but maintained he still had faith in the strategy.

Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt

- Once, the lynx, wolverines and eagles that preyed on their animals were the main concern for reindeer herders as they moved them to find food in the winter.

More peacekeeping operations, fewer troops in 2019: report

Stockholm - The number of international peacekeeping missions rose slightly in 2019, but the number of personnel deployed continued to decline, researchers said Wednesday.

As Europe slowly exits lockdown, Sweden hunkers down for long haul

Stockholm - Sweden has taken a soft approach to virus restrictions and although its rules are likely to be in place longer than in other countries, officials are adamant their strategy is a winner in the long term.

Sweden admits failure to protect elderly in care homes

Stockholm - Bjorn Branngard's mother died in a Stockholm nursing home where five of the eight people in her section and more than a third of residents have so far succumbed to the new coronavirus."They didn't have time to take care of my mother," he told AFP.

Swedish coronavirus model under fire as deaths rise

Stockholm - Sweden's softer approach to containing the new coronavirus was already an outlier in Europe and is coming under even more scrutiny as death rates leap ahead of its Nordic neighbours.

Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Stockholm - Furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the death toll nears 900 in the Scandinavian country.

Greta Thunberg urges activists to avoid mass climate protests

Stockholm - Greta Thunberg has urged climate campaigners to avoid mass protests as the new coronavirus spreads, but said her "Fridays for Future" movement would organise online strikes instead.

US demands China free Swedish bookseller

Washington - The United States on Thursday demanded that China immediately free Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years' jail

Bejing - China has sentenced Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad, and claimed him as a citizen, prompting Stockholm to call for his release in a case that has rattled diplomatic relations...

China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years

Bejing - A Chinese court has sentenced Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad in a case that has rattled relations between Beijing and Stockholm.

Probe into 1986 Swedish PM murder nearing its end: prosecutor

Stockholm - The investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme will wrap up within months, the prosecutor in charge said Wednesday, signalling the last phase of a mystery that has gripped the country for decades.

Airline ad about imported Scandi traditions sparks turbulence

Copenhagen - A new commercial from airline SAS challenging the authenticity of Scandinavian traditions has provoked furore in the form of cyber attacks, a wave of social media anger and bomb threats against the ad agency behind it.

US should buy control of Nokia, Ericsson to fight Huawei: attorney general

Washington - The United States and its allies should take controlling stakes in Nokia, Ericsson or both to battle Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's dominance of the 5G market, US Attorney general Bill Barr said Thursday.

Greta Thunberg patents own name and 'Fridays for Future'

Stockholm - Teen eco warrior Greta Thunberg said Wednesday she has registered both her own name and her "Fridays For Future" global protest movement as trademarks in order to prevent them from being hijacked for fraudulent purposes.

Sami association wins historic hunting rights case against Sweden

Stockholm - Sweden's top court on Thursday granted a Sami association in the far north the right to regulate local hunting and fishing activities, scoring a legal precedent in favour of the country's indigenous community.

Sami association wins hunting rights battle in Sweden

Stockholm - Sweden's top court on Thursday granted a Sami association in the far north the right to regulate local hunting and fishing activities, scoring a legal precedent in favour of the country's indigenous community.

Swedish military duped by 'officer' with faked diploma

Stockholm - A Swedish man who got a job in the military using forged credentials was promoted to work as staff officer at NATO's HQ and served in a UN mission, the military and media said on Wednesday.

Koenigsegg, a supercar challenging Swedish stereotypes

- For a quarter century, Koenigsegg has been making supercars for a niche market typically reserved for Italian luxury brands, while challenging perceptions of Swedish modesty.

UN extends investigation of leader's mysterious 1961 death

New York - The United Nations General Assembly on Friday approved a resolution extending the investigation into the mysterious 1961 death of secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold.
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Advertising agency DDB compares food, alcohol and tobacco prices between Norway and Sweden.
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Rectangular Smörgåstårta (Swedish sandwich cake) decorated in the green colour theme. It's loaded with cold smoked salmon slices, shrimp, lettuce and cucumber.
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