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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 »

Bob Dylan Finally Gets Around to His Nobel

He'll stop by Stockholm to pick up that Literature prize he won months ago

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will be knockin' on the Swedish Academy's door this weekend to finally pick up his Nobel Prize in Literature. Rolling Stone reports that the singer-songwriter, who famously didn't reply right away upon learning he'd won the prize in October—and who sent singer Patti Smith... More »

Study of 1.4M People Turns Up Possible Benefit to Having Kids

Those with kids had lower risk of death than those who were childless

(Newser) - Kids may turn their parents' hair gray, but they may also add years to those parents' lives. Researchers in Sweden analyzed data from more than 700,000 men and 725,000 women born between 1911 and 1925, and going back that far was the point: Participants in the study were... More »

Sweden Brings Back Military Draft—and Adds Women

Nation cites a deteriorating security environment and a lack of trained personnel

(Newser) - Sweden's left-leaning government introduced a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden, the AP reports. Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet its... More »

Town May Pay Workers to Take a Sex Break

Swedish councilman floats the proposal

(Newser) - Spending too much time at work and not enough time with your partner? A Swedish politician has a solution: Employees should be paid to go home and have sex. Per-Erik Muskos, a council member in the small town of Övertorneå, argues that couples aren't spending enough time together... More »

Officer Fires on Rioters Outside Swedish Capital

Cars were torched and businesses looted Monday outside Stockholm

(Newser) - At least one police officer opened fire on rioters Monday in a Swedish neighborhood with a large immigrant population, CNN reports. According to the AP , the unrest started while officers were attempting to arrest a resident suspected in a drug crime. Bystanders threw rocks, one of which hit an officer... More »

Two More Dueling Tweets Over Trump's Sweden Comments

Plus, Tucker Carlson weighs in

(Newser) - President Trump's Sweden comment continues to make headlines. After Trump on Saturday appeared to reference a recent terror attack in Sweden, leading to much confusion over what he was talking about since the last terror-related incident in the country happened in 2010, the White House has since clarified that... More »

Swedish Embassy Tweets Trump an Offer

It would like to tell him about country's immigration policies

(Newser) - The Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC, has offered to let President Trump learn something about their country from somewhere that isn't Fox News. "We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies," the embassy tweeted Sunday after Trump cleared up the confusion... More »

Trump Tweets an Explanation About His Sweden Comment

It was tied to something the president watched on Fox News

(Newser) - After roughly 24 hours of confusion about what President Trump meant when he referenced an incident in Sweden on Friday night, an answer from the president himself. "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants... More »

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