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Sweden Gets Its Own Phone Number

Call now and get connected to a "random Swede"

(Newser) - Is there something you want to know about Sweden? Forget about browsing Wikipedia or making a trip to Ikea. Now you can just call. On Wednesday Sweden became the first country to get a national phone number, allowing the rest of the world to just dial and "get connected... More »

Swedish Minister Officially Endorses Loud Sex

'It happens,' even in his own bedroom, says minister

(Newser) - So as to not disturb the neighbors, many apartment dwellers in Sweden are banned from noisy activities like vacuuming or drilling after 10pm. One activity that is allowed, however, is loud sex—and that's just the way it should be, says Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom. "My neighbors are... More »

Group Says Men Should Be Able to 'Legally Abort' Unborn Child

'It is important to discuss the role of men in pregnancy'

(Newser) - Men should be able to "legally abort" their unborn children up to the 18th week of pregnancy. At least that's what the youth wing of Sweden's centrist Liberal Party is proposing, the Washington Post reports. The law would allow men to officially do away with all legal... More »

Swedish Girl Rescued From ISIS in Iraq

She was 'misled' by ISIS member in Sweden: Kurdish gov't

(Newser) - A Swedish girl has been freed from the clutches of the Islamic State in Iraq. Kurdish special forces rescued the 16-year-old Wednesday during a raid near Mosul, report Reuters and the AP . The teen—whom BuzzFeed identifies as Marlin Stivani Nivarlain—was "misled" by an ISIS member in Sweden... More »

Brit Band Dead After Car Plunges Off Bridge

All members of Viola Beach die in scary accident in Stockholm

(Newser) - A vehicle carrying a British band plunged more than 80 feet off a Stockholm bridge Saturday, crashing into a canal and killing all five aboard, reports the BBC . Road conditions were slippery and it was dark when the vehicle carrying four members of the band Viola Beach slipped through the... More »

Masked Men Call for Attacks on Refugee Children in Sweden

Witnesses say the men marched through Stockholm, attacking migrants

(Newser) - Witnesses say up to 100 men in masks marched through the center of Stockholm on Friday, assaulting anyone who appeared to be an immigrant, the Local reports. While police aren't confirming any attacks on migrants, they do say the men were passing out flyers meant to incite attacks, according... More »

Pope Begs Protestants' Forgiveness

Talks unity ahead of visit to Sweden for Reformation anniversary

(Newser) - Pope Francis has concluded an annual weeklong prayer for Christian unity by making a sweeping apology for Catholic wrongs committed against other Christians, reports the AP . On Monday, Francis asked forgiveness for the "sin of our divisions"—an appeal he made in June last year during a visit... More »

ABBA Reunited Wednesday Night—Sort of

More importantly, there now exists an ABBA singalong restaurant

(Newser) - The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the Mamma Mia! musical. Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad showed up Wednesday for the opening night of fellow former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus'... More »

Indictment: Doc Seeking Girlfriend Locked Woman in Bunker

Swedish man charged with rape, kidnapping

(Newser) - A Swedish doctor has been charged with rape and kidnapping after he confessed to drugging a woman with sedative-laced strawberries and locking her up in a soundproof bunker where he had intended to keep her for years, prosecutors said Monday. The 38-year-old man's defense lawyer described the case as... More »

Sweden's 'Yule Goat' Again Meets Grisly Fate

It's not a party until someone gets charged with arson

(Newser) - In what's become a Christmas tradition to some Swedes, a giant decorative goat made of straw was set ablaze early Sunday and police arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of arson. The straw goat is a beloved Christmas symbol in the city of Gavle, in central Sweden. However, it's... More »

Ace of Base Star Cancels Show After Selling 12 Tickets

Jenny Berggren gig was supposed to raise funds for charity

(Newser) - Ace of Base: big in the 1990s, apparently not so big anymore. Jenny Berggren, one of the singers from the Swedish pop band, had to cancel a concert that was planned for Thursday after just 12 tickets were sold, the Local reports. The gig, scheduled to be held in Lund,... More »

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 »

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