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The King of Sweden Doesn't Want You to Bathe

In a recent interview, King Carl XVI Gustaf suggested that bath tubs be banned

(Newser) - “I really felt ashamed then, I really did,” King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden confessed to Swedish-language newspaper Svenska Dagbladet in an interview published Saturday, the Local reports. The source of the monarch’s shame? He took a bath. In the king’s defense, however, he had little... More »

ISIS: This Soda Can Bomb Downed Russian Plane

Group also claims to have executed 2 captives

(Newser) - The Islamic State says it took advantage of a gap in security when it smuggled a soda can bomb into the cabin of the Russian passenger jet that broke apart over Egypt . After militants discovered a "way to compromise the security" at Sharm al-Sheikh Airport, "a bomb was... More »

Teacher, Boy Killed in Sword Attack on School

Attacker is in hospital after he was shot by police

(Newser) - A teacher and a student were killed and another student and teacher were seriously injured in a sword attack at a school in the Swedish town of Trollhattan on Thursday, before the assailant was shot by police and taken to a hospital. Police say a masked man in his 20s... More »

One Country Is Rapidly on Its Way to Losing Its Cash

Sweden is on track thanks to its adoption of IT and toughness on crime

(Newser) - There have been discussions of all financial transactions going digital for years, but only recently has it started to look like an eventual reality. Though CNN Money reported in June that Denmark looked to be closest to becoming cashless, alongside Sweden and Norway, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of... More »

Bearded Swedish Hipsters Cause 'ISIS Crisis'

A local freaked out when dozens of them gathered

(Newser) - Sweden's Bearded Villains don't mind if you talk a little smack about hirsute hipsters . In fact, the Scandinavian group—dedicated to fighting "injustice, bullying, and racism," per the Local —"loved" that a local Swede freaked out when a couple dozen of them gathered... More »

Swedes' Trial With 6-Hour Workday Getting Thumbs-Up

There are expenses involved, but workers seem happier, more productive

(Newser) - Full-time workers in the US spend an average of 47 hours a week punched in for a paycheck, according to Gallup data cited by Quartz , keeping pace with the current trend to work harder and longer. But a retirement home in Sweden has been reaping positive results from an experiment... More »

Sweden Lets Assange Off Hook on Some Sex Charges

Statute of limitations has expired, but other rape allegations are still pending

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped two cases of sexual crimes against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because they've expired, but they'll continue to investigate accusations of rape against him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority says it has been unable to charge the 44-year-old Australian, who escaped a Swedish arrest... More »

1K Shipwrecks Haunt a Sea With Brutal History

16th-century Mars warship is among the wrecks

(Newser) - The Baltic Sea's trove of shipwrecks has preserved all kinds of history—much of it about war—and recently sparked fears of a fresh conflict in Europe. Bordered by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltics, the North European Plain, and accessible by Russia, one sliver of the sea contains about 1,... More »

In Hunt for Russia Sub, Sweden May Have Finally Found One

But it may be a WWI submarine, not one of Putin's

(Newser) - Last year, Sweden authorities kept insisting a Russian submarine was lurking in the Stockholm archipelago. Now it appears they may have been right—but it isn't the sub they thought. The country's military is checking out video (see part of it here ) by exploration company Ocean X,... More »

Snoop Dogg, Sweden Split Forever Over Weed Bust

Swedish cops bust rapper, who vows never to return

(Newser) - It was a match bound for heartbreak: Sweden, where it is illegal to be high, and Snoop Dogg, who apparently appears in Swedish dictionaries next to the definition of "illegal," have parted ways permanently with the artist at times known as Snoop Lion saying he won't perform... More »

Champion Synchronized Swimmers Try to Do Routine Drunk

Swedish team shows dangers of swimming while intoxicated

(Newser) - What happens what you throw Stockholm's three-time world champion men's synchronized swimming team into a pool after feeding members shots? A whole lot of splashing and not much swimming, apparently. The experiment—yes, experiment—was part of a "Don't Drink and Dive" water safety campaign from... More »

Woman Wins $18M From Wall Street Boss in Sex Case

Hanna Bouveng said Benjamin Wey coerced her into 4 sexual encounters

(Newser) - A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal, and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury yesterday. Hanna Bouveng, 25, accused Benjamin Wey in an $850 million lawsuit of using his power as owner of New York... More »

Under Remarkable 17th-Century Corpse: a Secret Body

Fetus was tucked at Peder Winstrup's feet after death in 1679

(Newser) - Peder Winstrup is remarkably well-preserved for a man who died in 1679, and while researchers expected the mummified corpse of the former bishop of Lund would yield fascinating information on the 17th century, they didn't expect a CT scan to reveal another body. But when his coffin was removed... More »

'Rape Capital of the West' to Open Rape Center for Men

Swedish doctor says male victims may suffer more than women

(Newser) - A Stockholm hospital is set to become the first in Sweden to offer emergency services for rape victims ... who are male. Södersjukhuset hospital says it will begin admitting men and boys to an emergency rape clinic in October, reports the BBC . A 2014 study found men were often unclear... More »

Preschoolers to Use Dying, Viking-Era Language

It's called Elfdalian, in central Sweden

(Newser) - Starting in September, preschoolers in a small community in central Sweden will start getting lessons in a dying language thought to date back to the time of the Vikings. It is called, awesomely, Elfdalian, reports the Local . Those hoping for a Tolkien-esque link will be disappointed to learn that it... More »

4 Swedish Cops Bust Up Fight on NYC Subway

Bratton thanks them publicly, but one says it was 'no big deal'

(Newser) - NYPD chief William Bratton is thanking four Swedish law enforcement officers who broke up a fight on the subway this week. Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, and Eric Jansberger were headed to see a Broadway performance of Les Miserables on Wednesday when a fight broke out between two men... More »

Amazon Deliveries Coming to Audi Car Trunks

Only in Munich next month in test program, but project could expand

(Newser) - Like Santa sneaking down the chimney, Amazon is planning to drop packages off in customers' car trunks while they're at work or otherwise unavailable for delivery, the New York Times reports. The caveat (for now): Recipients need to live in Munich, have a select Audi equipped with special technology,... More »

'Well-Developed' Teen Girl Sees Rape Charge Dropped

Swedish man is acquitted of sleeping with 13-year-old runaway

(Newser) - A man in Sweden has been acquitted on charges of "child rape" because the girl's body was considered too "well-developed" for a 13-year-old, the Daily Beast reports. The 27-year-old man, whose name was withheld, saw the charges tossed out of court when officials decided the girl was... More »

Sweden Gives In, Will Interview Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors need to speak to WikiLeaks founder before deadline

(Newser) - After a long battle to haul Julian Assange back to Sweden, prosecutors from that country have now acquiesced and say they'll go to him in London to interview him on sex crime allegations, the AP reports. Assange, who's been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in England since... More »

Study Suggests You Give Up the Dishwasher

Kids in homes where dishes are hand-washed have lower allergy rates

(Newser) - You may think you're keeping your family healthy by sanitizing every dishload in a leave-no-bacteria-behind dishwasher, but a new study suggests good old-fashioned hand-washing may lessen kids' chances of developing allergies, the New York Times reports. As per a study published in Pediatrics, scientists studied more than 1,000... More »

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