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Sweden Debuts 'How to Give Birth in a Car 101'

Swedish maternity ward is closing, so midwives take preemptive measure

(Newser) - While expectant American couples taking Lamaze classes prepare for labor with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, midwives in Sweden are busy prepping soon-to-be parents on worst-case scenarios. "Car accidents, the car could break down, you maybe drive off the road. You have to be ready," Stina Naslund tells... More »

The Dream Is Dead: Swedes' 6-Hour Workday Didn’t Work

Gothenburg ends its 2-year experiment

(Newser) - Think happier, healthier lives are worth any amount of money? The Swedes aren't so sure. Two years after adopting a six-hour workday , the Swedish city of Gothenburg says it will end the experiment over cost concerns, though it appeared to make workers happier and more productive. Indeed, in the... More »

For 1st Time in Half a Century, Volvo Dethroned in Sweden

Volkswagen made up more new car sales in 2016

(Newser) - For the first time in more than 50 years, the best-selling car in Sweden last year was not Sweden's own Volvo. The Volkswagen Golf made up 5.9% of new car sales in the country, per Sweden's carmakers' association. Taken together, the Volvo V70, S90, and V90 made... More »

Russia: No, We're Not Going to Invade Sweden

But Sweden is taking precautions just in case

(Newser) - Sweden appears to be getting a little nervous about a potential war with Russia due to Russian military planes entering its airspace during training and reports of mysterious submarines in its waters, UPI reports. Oh and also because Russia's ambassador to Sweden said this: "It is ludicrous to... More »

This Is the World's Most Expensive Bed

The Vividus out of Sweden will set you back $150K

(Newser) - Back in 2006, one of the world's most reputable bed makers, Hästens out of Sweden, launched the Vividus, a bed that took 160 hours to build and came with an astonishing price tag of $112,900. Created to improve on the company's already exceptional mattresses, some of... More »

Assange Breaks His Silence on Rape Allegation

'I am entirely innocent'

(Newser) - Julian Assange claims Swedish police leaked an accuser's account of a rape allegation against him in 2010 to paint him as a guilty party. Now, he's telling his side of the story publicly because "I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has... More »

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 »

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