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Tourists' Hotel Check-In Is International Incident

Chinese trio arrives early in Stockholm, gets shown the door

(Newser) - Sometimes, arriving early for your hotel check-in results in scoring a bed ahead of schedule. And sometimes it leads to an international incident. The latter is true of a bizarre incident in Stockholm involving three Chinese tourists—an older couple and their grown son, reports the Guardian . The three arrived... More »

Sweden Has a New Highest Point

Reindeer are suffering, too

(Newser) - Sweden's (former) highest peak has been taken down a few notches, thanks to the summer heat wave currently scorching Europe. Until recently, a glacier perched atop the southern peak of the Kebnekaise mountain rose higher than any other point in the country. But, as of Wednesday, it had melted... More »

Daring Daytime Heist Ends With Swedish Crown Jewels Missing

Witnesses say 2 men took off in a speedboat

(Newser) - It was a daring daytime heist involving crown jewels, a cathedral, a speedboat, and little in the way of clues, at least so far. "It's 1-0 to them right now," the BBC quotes police rep Thomas Agnevik as saying about the men behind the theft of some... More »

She Refused to Sit on a Plane, Stopped a Man's Deportation

Swedish student Elin Ersson bought a ticket, caused a ruckus til officials took Afghan man off

(Newser) - A Swedish student took a stand—literally—against an Afghan man's deportation from her country, and it worked, at least temporarily. Asylum activist Elin Ersson learned the man was to be flown to Istanbul from Gothenburg and then on to Kabul and bought a ticket for that same Monday... More »

Lawyer: Thurman Moving to Grandma's Homeland

He says she's looking into Swedish citizenship

(Newser) - Uma Thurman is going back to her roots: The 48-year-old actress is looking into becoming a Swedish citizen and plans to move to the Nordic country, the Local reports. "She wants to buy a house in Sweden and live here in the future," her lawyer, Thomas Bodstrom, told... More »

6 Shot, 3 Killed in Sweden Drive-By Shooting

They were shot as they left Internet cafe

(Newser) - Three of six men injured in a drive-by shooting Monday in the center of Sweden's third-largest city have died, Swedish authorities say. Police in Malmo said Tuesday two of the men—aged 18 and 29—died overnight, the AP reports. Hospital authorities said a third man, in his 30s,... More »

Was Notorious Assassin Hiding in Plain Sight?

Three decades after Sweden's PM was murdered, a new theory emerges

(Newser) - Has a notorious international murder mystery been solved? Maybe not, but there is a compelling new theory in the case of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, reports the New York Times . On Feb. 28, 1986, Palme went to a movie in Stockholm with his wife and was shot point-blank from... More »

Sweden Telling All Its People How to Prepare for War

'If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up'

(Newser) - What would you do if you couldn't flush your toilet, access an ATM, turn on your heat, easily buy food, or go online? Those living in Sweden should soon be able to answer those questions. The government will next week send a 20-page pamphlet to each of the country'... More »

There Will Be No Nobel for Literature This Year

Prize called off amid sex-abuse scandal

(Newser) - The Nobel Prize in literature will be not awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues within the ranks of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner. The academy said Friday the 2018 prize will be given in 2019. The decision was made at a weekly meeting in Stockholm... More »

Photographer Accused of Groping Swedish Princess

Scandal threatens to derail Nobel Prize for Literature

(Newser) - A French photographer whose alleged sexual misconduct sparked a scandal threatening to cancel this year's Nobel Prize in Literature was so brazen that he groped Sweden's future queen at a public event, witnesses say. Swedish writer Ebba Witt-Brattström tells the Telegraph that at a 2006 event put... More »

Meet the New Electric Road

Swedish project aims to charge vehicle batteries

(Newser) - You may one day drive down roads charged with electricity that your vehicle automatically detects and sucks up through an automatic arm—if a Swedish project gains any headway, CNN reports. Called eRoadArlanda , it has turned 1.2 miles of road outside Stockholm into a kind of slot-car track where... More »

ABBA Went Into the Studio, Came Out With 2 New Songs

Swedish pop supergroup makes surprise announcement 35 years after breakup

(Newser) - Mamma mia! The members of ABBA say they've recorded new material for the first time in 35 years. Per the AP , the Swedish pop supergroup says it has recorded two new songs, including one entitled "I Still Have Faith in You." The news was announced Friday in... More »

After 5th-Century Massacre, Bodies Were Left to Rot

Archaeologists find a grim end at Sandby borg

(Newser) - "In most cases where human remains have been found in connection with … scenes of brutal violence, the bodies have been buried in mass graves. This is not the case at Sandby borg," write the authors of a new study published in the journal Antiquity . The Swedish site,... More »

Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

But they had to ask permission first

(Newser) - A Swedish zoo that couldn't properly house over 500 reptiles made the hard choice of having them dropped into liquid nitrogen, The Local in Sweden reports. The Tropicarium Rescue Centre at Kolmården Zoo near Norrköping took in the reptiles after Swedish police rescued 760 lizards and other... More »

Like the Stuff of a Novel, Scandal Rips at Nobel Body

Sara Danius, public face of body that gives out Literature Nobel, is out

(Newser) - A male accused of sexual assault and leaks of secret information; a woman who takes the fall. What sounds like the plot of novel is instead the true story of a scandal that's riling the literary world. Sara Danius, who has since 2015 served as the first female permanent... More »

'Laser Man' Gets Life Sentence for Killing Holocaust Survivor

It's 2nd life sentence for Swedish white supremacist John Ausonius

(Newser) - A man already serving a life sentence in Sweden for a shooting spree in which he targeted immigrants and foreign students was sentenced to a second life sentence Wednesday in Germany for killing a Holocaust survivor over 25 years ago, the Telegraph reports. According to Reuters , 68-year-old Blanka Zmigrod was... More »

Entrepreneur Getting Deported for Taking Pay Cut

Swedish Migration Agency admits 'it may sound harsh'

(Newser) - An entrepreneur in Sweden may have saved his company only to get himself deported in the process, the Local reports. Hussein Ismail was living in Lebanon when he co-founded Birka Biostorage—located in Sweden—in 2011. He worked remotely until it finally became necessary to physically be at his company... More »

He Was in a Controversial H&M Ad. Now He's Had to Move

Family of 5-year-old Liam Mango says they had to vacate their home for 'security reasons'

(Newser) - Controversy keeps swirling around H&M and an online ad that showed a young black boy in a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle." The ad has since been removed, but the family of 5-year-old Liam Mango, the ad's model, now says they had... More »

Man Who Blackmailed Teens Online Convicted of Rape

Case is the first of its kind in Sweden; victims were in the US, elsewhere

(Newser) - A 41-year-old Swedish man was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for coercing teens in Canada, Britain, and the US to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. A court in Uppsala, Sweden, found Bjorn Samstrom guilty of online... More »

Ferdinand the Moose Gets a Second Chance

A viral video and petition drive helped save the rare white animal

(Newser) - A rare white moose in Sweden who likes the suburban life a little too much has won the fight of his life. At least for now. The trouble began when the moose (sometimes called an elk in Europe) rattled nerves in western Värmland when it charged a woman walking... More »

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