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Sweden's Flammable Christmas Goat Has Birthday, No Candles

Officials hope no one tries to torch the yule goat again this year

(Newser) - Sweden's Christmas Goat—a giant decorative goat made of straw and wood—is celebrating its 50th birthday, but revelers are being asked to keep the candles away, reports the AP . Every Christmas season since 1966, the city of Gavle in central Sweden builds a giant version of the straw... More »

Swedish Workers Can Call Hotline to Report 'Mansplaining'

'No matter what a woman says, a man always seems to know better'

(Newser) - Swedish workers now have a hotline they can call to report "mansplaining" in the workplace, the Local reports. For those who don't know, Unionen—Sweden's largest union and creator of the hotline—defines mansplaining as when “a man explains something to a woman without being asked,... More »

These Potato Chips Cost $11.20 Per Chip

St. Eriks Brewery presents a snack for kings

(Newser) - What goes best with swanky beer? Swanky potato chips, apparently. For a measly $11.20 per chip, snackers can enjoy what Sweden's St. Eriks Brewery describes as "the world's most exclusive potato chips." Brewmasters were apparently unhappy with ordinary snacks alongside St. Eriks India Pale Ale... More »

Why Sweden Wants to Send a Condom Into Space

Best invention ever?

(Newser) - Sweden wants everyone talking about contraceptives. So in a voice-over video message to NASA, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) points out that the US has a long history of sending objects into outer space, and then proposes that NASA get to work on launching, well, a condom. The... More »

2 Nobel Judges Fired as 'Biggest Scandal' Roils Sweden

Entire board at Karolinska Institute dismissed over disgraced surgeon

(Newser) - The medical university that awards the Nobel Prize for Medicine was rocked this week after an investigation presented Monday showed negligence in the hiring and handling of a now-disgraced stem-cell surgeon, Reuters and the Independent report. Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was fired from the Karolinska Institute in March after it emerged... More »

Hope Solo's Name-Calling Leads to a Suspension

Goalkeeper suspended from national team for 6 months

(Newser) - Goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by US Soccer for making disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion US team, the... More »

Sweden to Grill Assange Within 'Weeks'

Assange's defense team says it welcomes the move

(Newser) - Ecuador says it's ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange —a potential breakthrough in the years-long international impasse over the WikiLeaks founder, reports the AP . Assange is wanted for questioning by Swedish police over a rape allegation stemming from his visit to the... More »

Sweden to Study How Good Sex Is in Sweden

Health minister concerned by reports that Swedes are having less sex

(Newser) - Sweden is the land of meticulous recordkeeping that dates back to 1749, which makes it the perfect place to pull off large scientific studies. (The country recently discovered that for the first time in those nearly 300 years it has more men than women .) Now the Swedish government has... More »

Bikini-Clad Cop Makes Arrest While Sunbathing

Mikaela Kellner says she would have done the same even naked

(Newser) - She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief, the AP reports. A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week. "My first intervention while... More »

Wine and Stinky Shipwreck Cheese, Anyone?

Not really sure of best pairing for gooey 340-year-old 'dairy product' from Swedish warship

(Newser) - For 340 years, the Swedish ship Kronan has languished at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the 126-gun warship's permanent resting place after it was sunk right before a 1676 skirmish with Denmark and the Netherlands, Atlas Obscura reports. It was found in 1980, and since then it's... More »

5 Countries May Make Seniors Go Back to School

To keep their skills current and the Nordic region a major player in global arena

(Newser) - A recently published 36-page report outlining proposals to improve working life in the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway—has a proposal that Quartz says contains a "startling" word: "mandatory." Poul Nielson, a Danish politician given the task last year of preparing a labor... More »

The 10 Most Reputable Countries

Sorry, Canada: This year Sweden ranks best

(Newser) - Congrats, Sweden. The country is considered the most reputable, according to the Reputation Institute, which has produced a top 10 ranking based on how "welcoming, safe, and beautiful" a country is, according to a press release . More specifically, the rankings come from 58,000 ratings on economy, environment, and... More »

Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'

(Newser) - In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a... More »

Where People Get Married Real Fast

Swedish church offers drop-in weddings

(Newser) - Need a sacrament in a hurry? Consider the Church of Sweden. According to the Christian Science Monitor , churches in every major Swedish city, along with many smaller towns, offer drop-in weddings and baptisms. The idea was the brainchild of Jerker Alsterlund, a pastor in the city of Vasteras. He performed... More »

A 'Biscuit-Sized' Rock May Clear Up a Space Mystery

In a Swedish quarry, scientists find an 'extinct' meteorite

(Newser) - The Earth has just given up a very alien secret: Scientists are reporting in Nature Communications that a rock found in a limestone quarry in Sweden is the first of its kind to have been discovered on our planet, a "biscuit-sized" remnant of a space rock they believe collided... More »

ABBA Performs for First Time in 30 Years

Band sang part of a song together Sunday in Stockholm

(Newser) - Lucky guests to a private party in Stockholm on Sunday witnessed what a guitarist calls "a piece of music history." Swedish band ABBA performed together for the first time in decades, marking 50 years to the day that band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met,... More »

Top 10 'Good' Countries

Sweden's first, Libya's last, and the US doesn't even break the top 20

(Newser) - Skal, Sweden! Raise a glass to the Scandinavian nation, which beat out 162 others to win the overall top spot in the "Good Country Index," a ranking of the world's countries, the Independent reports. The list is based on 35 various indicators from sources such as the... More »

For First Time, Sweden Has More Men Than Women

Some worry this could set women's rights back if trend continues as expected

(Newser) - Sweden is dealing with a surprise surplus of something it didn't quite expect: men. Per the AP , the Scandinavian country of 10 million now has more males than females for the first time since they started tracking such things in the mid-1700s, and this guy growth has been booming... More »

Officials Agree to Move City 2 Miles East

Kiruna, Sweden, is built on shaky iron mines

(Newser) - What do you do when a city is sinking? Why, you move it, of course. That's what the Swedish city of Kiruna has decided because iron mining below it has weakened the foundations of houses and buildings, Tech Insider reports. Now LKAB, the state-owned company behind the mining, is... More »

Woman's Defiant Pose Strikes Chord in Sweden

She stood up to neo-Nazis during march

(Newser) - A 42-year-old woman has become the "talk of Sweden" after striking a defiant pose against neo-Nazi marchers, reports the Local . Tess Asplund stood in the path of the marchers with her fist raised in a photo captured by David Lagerlof of the anti-racism group Expo. "It was an... More »

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