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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 »

A 'Biscuit-Sized' Rock May Clear Up a Space Mystery

In a Swedish quarry, scientists find an 'extinct' meteorite

(Newser) - The Earth has just given up a very alien secret: Scientists are reporting in Nature Communications that a rock found in a limestone quarry in Sweden is the first of its kind to have been discovered on our planet, a "biscuit-sized" remnant of a space rock they believe collided... More »

ABBA Performs for First Time in 30 Years

Band sang part of a song together Sunday in Stockholm

(Newser) - Lucky guests to a private party in Stockholm on Sunday witnessed what a guitarist calls "a piece of music history." Swedish band ABBA performed together for the first time in decades, marking 50 years to the day that band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met,... More »

Top 10 'Good' Countries

Sweden's first, Libya's last, and the US doesn't even break the top 20

(Newser) - Skal, Sweden! Raise a glass to the Scandinavian nation, which beat out 162 others to win the overall top spot in the "Good Country Index," a ranking of the world's countries, the Independent reports. The list is based on 35 various indicators from sources such as the... More »

For First Time, Sweden Has More Men Than Women

Some worry this could set women's rights back if trend continues as expected

(Newser) - Sweden is dealing with a surprise surplus of something it didn't quite expect: men. Per the AP , the Scandinavian country of 10 million now has more males than females for the first time since they started tracking such things in the mid-1700s, and this guy growth has been booming... More »

Officials Agree to Move City 2 Miles East

Kiruna, Sweden, is built on shaky iron mines

(Newser) - What do you do when a city is sinking? Why, you move it, of course. That's what the Swedish city of Kiruna has decided because iron mining below it has weakened the foundations of houses and buildings, Tech Insider reports. Now LKAB, the state-owned company behind the mining, is... More »

Woman's Defiant Pose Strikes Chord in Sweden

She stood up to neo-Nazis during march

(Newser) - A 42-year-old woman has become the "talk of Sweden" after striking a defiant pose against neo-Nazi marchers, reports the Local . Tess Asplund stood in the path of the marchers with her fist raised in a photo captured by David Lagerlof of the anti-racism group Expo. "It was an... More »

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 »

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