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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 »

State Department Asked to Explain Trump's Sweden Comment

Request comes from Swedish embassy in Washington

(Newser) - The head-scratching over President Trump's reference on Saturday to a Friday night incident in Sweden is moving up the chain. Reuters reports the Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the State Department to explain what Trump meant when he said, "You look at what's happening in Germany.... More »

Trump References Sweden Attack, ABBA Jokes Ensue

'What has he been smoking,' asks former FM

(Newser) - "We’ve got to keep our country safe," opined President Trump at his rally Saturday in Florida. "You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? ... They’re having problems like they never... More »

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 »

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