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Jet Passengers Refuse to Buckle Up, Save Deportee

They wouldn't fasten seat belts, and pilots couldn't take off

(Newser) - Passengers aboard a Swedish plane united in a simple but effective protest that has stopped a deportation, at least for now: They refused to buckle their seat belts, and that was enough to keep the plane from taking off, reports the Independent . The unusual action took place when passengers got... More »

Swedish Town Testing Full Pay for 30-Hour Week

Gothenburg is apparently the place to be

(Newser) - If you could be anywhere in the world right now, Gothenburg, Sweden, may be the perfect place. That's because the town's government is initiating a pretty appealing sounding experiment: testing a 30-hour workweek, in which workers will be paid as if they're working full-time. The hope is... More »

Talk of Sweden: Rat So Giant It Terrified Cat

Rodent was 16 inches long, weighed two pounds

(Newser) - Scientists' prediction that giant rats could someday rule Earth hits a lot closer to home when you have a 16-inch-long rodent running around in your kitchen—and that's not including the tail. Sweden is abuzz over a mega-sized rat dubbed "Ratzilla" (unappetizing photos here ), which was discovered... More »

4 Women With Womb Transplants Get Embryos

Swedish medical team moves ahead in controversial project

(Newser) - Swedish doctors are advancing in their quest to implant embryos in women who have received pioneering womb implants , the Guardian reports. A medical team in Gothenburg has successfully transferred embryos to four of nine women with implants, a major advance after transferring just one embryo in January. Mats Brannstrom, who... More »

Man Swims Freezing Lake to Save Duck

Swedish 'friend of animals' spotted bird caught on hook

(Newser) - A Swedish man is being called a hero by some and a fool by others for risking his life to save a duck caught on a fishing hook. When he spotted the struggling bird, 38-year-old Kenth Rehn immediately stripped off and plunged into the lake, swimming 65 feet and returning... More »

Under the Baltic Sea, an Incredible Stone Age Find

Thanks to 'gyttja,' even rope has been preserved

(Newser) - Some 52 feet below the surface of the Baltic Sea sits what the media is calling "Sweden's Atlantis"—though that is just a bit of an overstatement. While it's not a lost island, or even a lost village, it's a site that holds "one-of-a-kind"... More »

O Canada! Men's Hockey Wins Sochi's Final Gold

Sweden loses gold medal game 3-0; forward benched after failing drug test

(Newser) - Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament, and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title today with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Chris Kunitz also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadians,... More »

European Corruption 'Breathtaking': EU Report

Romania and Bulgaria lead the pack of worst offenders

(Newser) - Think Europeans are unlikely to be corrupted by a bribe? Not according to a new EU report that calls European corruption "breathtaking" in scope and says it costs at least $120 billion a year, the BBC reports. The extent of corruption varies by country, but 75% of Europeans surveyed... More »

First Womb Transplant Baby Could Be on Its Way

Patient receives embryo via IVF

(Newser) - After nine womb transplants in Sweden, the world's first baby from the procedure may be on its way: Doctors successfully placed an embryo into the transplanted womb of one of the patients last week. Now, "the best scenario is a baby in nine months," says team leader... More »

Swedish Doctors Pull Off 9 Womb Transplants

But procedure is dangerous for donors, say critics

(Newser) - A team of Swedish doctors may have just pulled off the first successful womb transplant in history—or even the first nine. In a controversial new procedure, nine women have successfully received wombs from living relatives since September 2012, the doctor at the helm of the surgeries has revealed. The... More »

10 Wacky, Cool Ways the World Celebrates Christmas

From a straw goat in Sweden to hiding brooms in Norway

(Newser) - Your Christmas may include fruitcake, gifts, and a tree strung with lights, but the holiday season is celebrated a little differently in other parts of the world. In an article picked up from AccuWeather.com, LiveScience rounds up 10 wacky Christmas traditions you may want to adopt—and some you... More »

Sweden Closing Prisons as Inmate Numbers Drop

Nation sees a steep 6% reduction

(Newser) - Seems like a good problem to have: Sweden is shutting down four prisons and a detention center because it doesn't have enough inmates to fill them, reports the Guardian . The move follows a 6% drop in inmate numbers from 2011 to 2012, with similar numbers expected this year. What... More »

Sweden's New Rating System: Is the Movie Sexist?

Cinemas experiment with the 'Bechdel test'

(Newser) - A handful of movie theaters in Sweden have rolled out a new rating system to let viewers know whether a movie is sexist, reports the AP . The simple test: Does it have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man? If so,... More »

Best Country for Women Is ...

Iceland, again

(Newser) - When coming up with the best countries in terms of gender equality, think Nordic. Iceland again leads the annual list put out by the World Economic Forum, which crunches stats on education, health care, jobs, politics, and more, reports the BBC . That makes five years in a row for Iceland,... More »

'Strong' Thieves Steal Museum's Viking Jewels

Thieves 'used a lot of strength' to remove a first-floor window of Swedish museum

(Newser) - A forensic unit has descended on a Swedish archaeological museum after thieves managed to steal an array of Viking artifacts—including precious jewelry—early today. "The thieves got in through a window on the first floor which they used a lot of strength to remove and which subsequently broke,... More »

Cops Investigate After Nut Placed in Allergic Kid's Drink

High school student in Sweden nearly suffocated

(Newser) - "Either the student who did this is completely stupid or it's attempted manslaughter." That quote from a high school principal in Sweden pretty much sums up the case of an allergic student who nearly suffocated when someone put a nut into her water, reports the Local . Authorities... More »

Huge Nuclear Reactor Shut Down by Jellyfish

Swedish plant is back in business after massive clog

(Newser) - The Oskarshamn power plant in Sweden has one of the biggest nuclear reactors in the world, but it's apparently no match for tiny jellyfish. Tons of moon jellyfish clogged the reactor's intake pipes from the ocean over the weekend, forcing the plant to shut down, reports Popular Science... More »

Stress Linked to Dementia in Women

Swedish study assesses 800 subjects over almost 40 years

(Newser) - In news that is sort of, well, stressful, a study of 800 Swedish women has found that women who suffer from midlife stress may have a higher risk of dementia. Divorce, bereavement, job loss, and mental illness in the family were among the 18 stressors assessed; the study found that... More »

Imperiled City to Move 2 Miles East

Kiruna, Sweden, threatened by iron ore mine that sustains it

(Newser) - The city of Kiruna, Sweden, is having the ground yanked out from under it, literally. Over the next 20 years, the city, which sits some 90 miles north of the Arctic Circle, will move itself two miles east, in a relocation effort the Wall Street Journal calls "virtually unprecedented.... More »

Thieves Steal $1K of Ben & Jerry's—and It Melts

Swedes lose their loot in the getaway

(Newser) - Now we all love Phish Food, but this is a step too far: Two men recently stole $1,380 worth of Ben & Jerry's ice cream from a truck sitting outside a wholesale center in Sweden, reports the Local . Unfortunately for the sweet-toothed Swedes, they were caught in the... More »

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