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'Gross Drunkenness at Sea' Suspected in Deadly Collision

1 crew member is killed, another missing after British, Danish ships crash

(Newser) - Two people were arrested after cargo ships collided in the Baltic Sea near Sweden, causing the smaller one to capsize. The body of one crew member of the capsized Danish boat, the Karin Hoej, was found inside. The other crew member is missing. A distress call was made around 3:...

After Historic 7-Hour Tenure, She Is Prime Minister Again

Magdalena Andersson is Sweden's first female prime minister

(Newser) - Update: Magdalena Andersson is now prime minister of Sweden again—and if she is still in the post at nightfall, her second stint as PM will be longer than her first. Andersson, who became the country's first female PM Wednesday but resigned after seven hours when her coalition fell...

Before Concert's Start, Man Falls to Death, Kills Another

It happened at a concert hall in Sweden where an ABBA tribute concert was to begin

(Newser) - Wednesday was supposed to be the day ABBA released a trailer promoting its "highly anticipated comeback tour," reports NPR . Tour organizers tweeted Wednesday that they were holding off in light "of the tragic news at the tribute concert in Sweden last night." That was a reference...

Murder of Star Rapper Is a Stunner in Sweden

Einar, 19, was shot to death in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting

(Newser) - An award-winning 19-year-old Swedish rapper was shot to death in southern Stockholm in an incident that media reports on Friday said was likely to be gang-related, per the AP . The case has shocked the Swedish entertainment world and highlighted what officials said was the urgent need to deal with growing...

Artist Under Police Protection for 14 Years Dies in Accident

Lars Vilks received death threats, was targeted over his 2007 sketch of Muhammad

(Newser) - Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had lived under police protection since his 2007 sketch of the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body brought death threats, has died in a traffic accident, police said Monday. He was 75. Vilks and two plainclothes police bodyguards were killed in a head-on crash...

During Pandemic, This Nation's Economy Takes Top Billing

Switzerland is No. 1 on WIPO's Global Innovation Index for 132 economies around the world

(Newser) - To get through something like a pandemic, countries have had to innovate—especially when it comes to keeping their economies humming. And there are "reasons to be optimistic" on that front, according to one of the editors of the World Intellectual Property Organization's annual Global Innovation Index , which...

After 561 Days, Pandemic Rules End in Norway
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Norway Drops Pandemic Rules

Handshakes are permitted again, health minister says

(Newser) - New coronavirus infections in Norway have dropped by half in the past two weeks. New hospitalizations have leveled off. And University of Oxford data show that 67% of the population is fully vaccinated, while 10% has had its first shot. So the government canceled its pandemic restrictions on Saturday, the...

Swedish Parents Lose Request to Name Their Son After Putin

Government agency doesn't say why it rejected the couple's choice

(Newser) - Sweden's government has told new parents that they can't name their little bundle of joy after the president of Russia. A couple from the town of Laholm had submitted "Vladimir Putin" for approval as their son's name. The nation's tax agency has to approve the...

Ikea to Sell Something New: Electricity

Furniture giant will sell affordable electricity from wind and solar parks to homes in Sweden

(Newser) - Ikea already sells solar panels in nearly a dozen of its markets. Now, the furniture giant based out of Sweden is taking an even deeper plunge into the renewable-energy market, starting on its home turf. Beginning next month, Ikea will sell electricity from solar and wind parks to domestic households,...

2 Swedish Rappers Jailed After Gang Trial

Top soccer player was also among 26 convicted

(Newser) - After one of the biggest gang-related trials Sweden has ever seen, two rappers and a former member of the country's national soccer team were among 26 people to receive prison sentences Wednesday. Chart-topping rapper Yasin Mahmoud, who was named Artist of the Year earlier this year at an event...

9 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash
9 Killed in
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9 Killed in Skydiving Plane Crash

DHC-2 Beaver crashed near runway in Sweden

(Newser) - A small plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the Swedish city of Orebro on Thursday night, killing all nine people on board, police said. The dead included the pilot and eight passengers. The victims were members of a local skydiving club, according to Orebro County Governor Maria Larsson. Spokesperson Carl-Johan Linde...

It 'Looked So New,' He Couldn't Believe It Was Ancient Treasure

Bronze Age trove likely left as offering in Swedish forest

(Newser) - A treasure trove of jewelry and other goods likely belonging to one or more high-status women was once intentionally left in a forest in what is now western Sweden. It only took 2,500 years to find it. Cartographer Thomas Karlsson was surveying the forest near the town of Alingsas...

This Is the Happiest Country in the World

It's not the US, which comes in at No. 14, per 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Saturday is marked as the International Day of Happiness , and in some parts of the world, that contentment factor is especially prevalent. Forbes reports on the 2021 World Happiness Report , the ninth installation, which calls the past year a year "like no other." The Gallup World Poll team...

Sweden Has First Virus Protest
Swedes Protest Restrictions

Swedes Protest Restrictions

With the most coronavirus deaths in region, government has tightened rules

(Newser) - Police on Saturday dispersed hundreds of people who had gathered in central Stockholm to protest coronavirus restrictions set by the Swedish government. Authorities said the demonstration—the first major protest against the country's coronavirus restrictions—was illegal as it was held without permission, the AP reports. Stockholm police said...

This Nurse Is Trapped in a Lighthouse Watching Movies
This Nurse Is Trapped in a
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This Nurse Is Trapped in a Lighthouse Watching Movies

Lisa Enroth won 'Isolated Cinema' contest to hole up on remote Swedish isle, view film fest premieres

(Newser) - While many people are tiring of being stuck at home binge-watching Netflix during the pandemic, one health-care worker is taking it to the next level. Mashable reports that Lisa Enroth, a nurse from Skoevde, Sweden, is now hunkered down on the nation's barren Pater Noster island, holed up inside...

How Did a Red Scarf From Sweden End Up at Capitol Riot?

Person of interest wore one of 934 scarves mailed from Skellefteå in 2017

(Newser) - Swedes are hoping to identify a person of interest in the Capitol riot, seen wearing a scarf specific to the city of Skellefteå. A resident of the city of 72,000 first noticed the red scarf amid debris on the floor of the Capitol. Further digging by Sweden's Dagens ...

Sweden's King on COVID: 'I Think We Have Failed'

Carl XVI Gustaf unhappy with rising deaths amid lax rules

(Newser) - Sweden's king thinks his nation's relatively lax approach to COVID has backfired. "I think we have failed," said Carl XVI Gustaf in a year-end assessment, reports the BBC . Sweden has fared worse than its Scandinavian neighbors with about 350,000 cases and 7,800 deaths, the...

Stockholm Heads Toward Grim Record Not Seen Since 1934

Will Swedish capital go whole month of December without an hour of sunlight?

(Newser) - "Do you think it's dark?" That was the question posed by Swedish meteorologist Ulrika Elvgren last week to her fellow citizens, and answered in the same tweet with her own answer: "Yes, it has been extra dark." The reason for her inquiry: Multiple parts of the...

Prosecutors: No Proof Mom Imprisoned Her Son

Swedish authorities let elderly woman go, but they're still trying to figure out events of last 30 years

(Newser) - An elderly mother suspected of keeping her 40-something son imprisoned in their Stockholm apartment for nearly 30 years had insisted to authorities that wasn't true. Now, she's been released from custody after Swedish prosecutors decided Wednesday to drop the case against her, saying they don't have enough...

Reports: Mom Kept Son Locked Up for Nearly 30 Years

'The mother is suspected of illegal deprivation of liberty,' Swedish police rep says

(Newser) - A septuagenarian Swedish mother is denying she held her son hostage for nearly three decades after he was reportedly discovered, in bad shape, by a relative. Per local media reports cited by AFP , the 41-year-old man was discovered Sunday after his mother ended up in the hospital and an unidentified...

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