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Moving Is Hard— Especially When You're a City of 18K People

Mining company paying billions to move Swedish city 2 miles away

(Newser) - Sweden's Kirunavaara is the biggest underground iron-ore mine in the world, with miners currently working around 4,000 feet below the surface. The mine is so deep it's practically its own city, boasting the world's deepest restaurant and even, at one point, a circus. Unfortunately, this is... More »

Sweden Rejects Asylum of 106-Year-Old Afghan Woman

Family says she suffered a stroke when she learned of decision

(Newser) - A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts, and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected. Bibihal Uzbeki is severely disabled and can barely speak. Her family has appealed the rejection, the AP... More »

Kids of Divorce Less Stressed When Custody Is Shared

Navigating 2 households appears less stressful than hardly seeing one parent

(Newser) - When courts get involved in child custody cases, kids end up in the full custody of their moms 80% of the time. New research suggests the thinking behind this trend—that conflict between parents is so harmful to kids they should avoid shared custody—is all wrong. In fact, a... More »

Cold Weather May Trigger More Heart Attacks

Drop in air temps could be a risk for people with plaques in their arteries

(Newser) - When the temperature drops, the number of heart attacks goes up, according to a massive 16-year study of some 280,000 patients in Sweden. "There is seasonal variation in the occurrence of heart attack, with incidence declining in summer and peaking in winter," says the lead author in... More »

Police: Missing Journalist's Torso Was Attached to Metal

Police say someone tried to make sure Kim Wall's body never rose to surface

(Newser) - Police in Sweden have made a grisly confirmation: The torso of a woman found near the shore in Copenhagen is indeed that of missing journalist Kim Wall, reports the BBC . And it appears that somebody tried to make sure her body sank to the ocean bottom and stayed there. Police... More »

White Moose Stuns in Sweden

Hans Nilsson recorded animal Friday in Varmland region

(Newser) - For three years, Hans Nilsson has been on a quest to find a rare white moose in southwestern Sweden. Finally, on two consecutive days last week, he succeeded—and, on the second day, happened to have his camera rolling, reports the Local . "Everything fell into place: the location, the... More »

In Reported First, Case Study Says Penis Enlargement Killed

Patient was a 30-year-old Swedish man

(Newser) - Penis enlargements can kill, or so confirms a case study published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences . "Autologous fat transfer" is the process by which fat is removed by liposuction and then re-injected elsewhere in the body: commonly the face, breasts, behind, or—as in the case of the... More »

Hiking Couple Calls for Rescue ... Because They're Tired

Police dispatched helicopter, rescue team for the bushed hikers

(Newser) - Broke a leg while hiking? That's a good reason to call an air ambulance. Attacked by a yeti? An even better reason. Being all tuckered out? Not so much. The International Business Times reports a woman and her husband from the Swedish village of Jokkmokk were hiking in the... More »

Podcast's Hot Mic Helps Reverse Murder Conviction

Kaj Linna is free after 13 years in prison in Sweden

(Newser) - The Serial podcast seems to have helped Adnan Syed get a new trial . But a podcast inspired by Serial might have gone one step further. As one person involved puts it to the BBC , "We actually helped free an innocent man." Kaj Linna had served 11 years of... More »

After Cops Raid Party, Mensa Applications Surge

'We do want new members, but perhaps not in this way,' says Mensa Sweden

(Newser) - Police had to break up a loud party in the wee hours of the morning at a hotel, an otherwise ho-hum event that wouldn't be making headlines except for the group involved. That would be Mensa, the exclusive society that accepts only those with the very highest IQs, reports... More »

Now on Airbnb: The Entire Nation of Sweden

Country would like you to come take advantage of its 'freedom to roam' concept

(Newser) - If your last-minute weekend getaways involve turning to the loving arms of Airbnb, we have that special listing for you: It is the entire nation of Sweden, reports Mashable , and it can be yours for the bargain price of free. Citing the Swedish principle of Allemansrätten—the freedom to... More »

Swedish Workers Just Got Bad News About Their Sex Lives

Proposal to subsidize one hour of sex per week in Overtornea shot down

(Newser) - Finding the right work-life balance is always a challenge. But in Overtornea, Sweden, residents are going to have to have sex on their own time, just like everywhere else. The New York Times reports a 31-member town council on Monday voted down a local pol's proposal to grant the... More »

'Total Victory' for Assange, With a Catch

Sweden drops rape investigation against him, but arrest warrant still out there

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped a rape investigation into Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks founder will still face arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London that has been his home for the last five years. Swedish Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny asked the Stockholm District Court... More »

Not Sleeping Well? People May Avoid You

People are less inclined to socialize with someone who looks tired: study

(Newser) - Beauty sleep is no myth. A new study out of Stockholm University published in the Royal Society Open Science journal finds a lack of sleep makes a person look "significantly" less attractive, per the BBC . And that's not all. Swollen eyelids and dark circles around the eyes might... More »

Sweden: Attacker Was 'Known to Authorities'

39-year-old Uzbek man is in custody

(Newser) - The man accused of killing four people with a hijacked beer truck in Stockholm Friday is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan who was a "marginal character" already known to authorities, officials in Sweden say. Police say they found a "suspect device" in the vehicle and they haven't ruled... More »

Death Toll Rises to 4 in Sweden Attack; 1 Arrested

It's not clear whether police are still looking for other suspects

(Newser) - The death toll has been raised to four people in the attack on pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store Friday, the AP reports. Fifteen were injured, nine of them seriously, when a hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians in what Sweden's prime minister called a terrorist attack. A... More »

Sweden 'Attacked,' PM Says After Truck Slams Into Store

At least 3 dead after Stockholm incident

(Newser) - A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, and Swedish police confirm at least three people have died, per the Independent . People in the downtown area are fleeing the scene in panic, the AP reports. Swedish broadcaster SVT says shots have been fired at the... More »

It's Getting More Difficult to Read Science Papers

Researchers: It's because of technical jargon, also regular old jargon

(Newser) - Put off by the high-level mumbo-jumbo that proliferates in science journals? You're not alone, Swedish researchers have found. In a study published in the preprint server bioRxiv , William Hedley Thompson and his Karolinska Institute team checked out more than 700,000 English-language abstracts from nearly 125 biomedical journals from... More »

In Sweden, a Strange Malady Is Seen in Young Immigrants

'New Yorker': They fall into a coma-like state, but are doctors encouraging it?

(Newser) - The New Yorker casts a light on an unusual malady in Sweden known as uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome. It's unique not only to Sweden but to a particular group: the children of immigrants. The syndrome plays out like this: The kids learn their family is being deported and fall... More »

Job Candidates' Challenge: Justify James Blunt

Swedish marketing company challenges applicants

(Newser) - How do you sell people on the world's "most pointless artist"? That's a problem to be worked out by Borg & Owilli's next account manager. The Swedish marketing agency is looking to fill the post and has come up with a test for applicants: "... More »

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