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Tweak in Parental Leave Law Pays Big Health Dividends

Study: Moms healthier if dads or partners can take even a few days off at same time

(Newser) - Giving dads more flexibility to take a few days off after the birth of a child pays big dividends for new moms' health, a new study suggests. Researchers at Stanford looked into what happened when Sweden added more flexibility to its already generous parental leave policy, reports the New York ... More »

More Legal Trouble for Julian Assange

Sweden reopens rape investigation

(Newser) - Sweden has reopened the Julian Assange rape investigation, raising the possibility of a legal tug-of-war between Stockholm and Washington over the WikiLeaks founder. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said Monday that she had decided to reopen the investigation because "there is still probable cause to... More »

Sweden Has an Odd Reality TV Show

You can watch elk crossing a river

(Newser) - The genre is called "slow TV," for good reason. Viewers in Sweden currently have the ability to watch live cams of a river in the hope that elk will be crossing, reports Radio Sweden . Broadcaster SVT has begun airing 24/7 footage of the Angermanalven river in Angermanland, site... More »

Old Case May Return to Haunt Assange

Sexual assault charges in Sweden could be revived against WikiLeaks founder

(Newser) - There may be more than one country looking to extradite Julian Assange now that he's in police custody . The US is already vying to get the WikiLeaks founder on its soil on hacking charges , but Sweden may also soon be in the mix if an investigation into a rape... More »

This Is the Most Swedish Arrest Ever

Cop recognizes a fugitive while naked in the sauna, makes the arrest

(Newser) - There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna, reports the AP . Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who'd dodged... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Job Offer Involves Arriving at Train Station Every Day, Then ... Whatever

Experimental art project offering 'eternal employment' at Swedish train station

(Newser) - If the idea of a job that has almost zero requirements appeals to you, here you go: Starting in 2025, you can apply for a permanent position at Sweden's Korsvägen train station, which is currently under construction in Gothenburg with plans to open in 2026. The only requirement... More »

80K People Beg School Not to Kill 4 Dogs

A Swedish university says it had little choice

(Newser) - Half a dozen labradors lost several teeth and then their lives as part of a controversial lab experiment in Sweden—and animal rights activists are howling, the Local reports. "These dogs could have been able to live their lives," says Malin Gustafsson of the Animal Rights Alliance. "... More »

6 Nations Have Legal Equality Among Sexes. US Isn't Even Close

'A typical economy only gives women three-quarters the rights of men'

(Newser) - Women in Europe have it best, legally-speaking. Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Sweden are the only countries that offer legal equality for men and women, according to a report by the World Bank. It looked at 35 indicators related to jobs, marriage, personal safety, property ownership, travel, inheritance, and... More »

Get Paid to Ski—but Only If You're 'Mediocre'

Sportswear company has a dream job listing

(Newser) - If you love to ski but you're not all that excellent at it, pay attention: Sportswear company Tenson is looking for you. The company advertised two positions testing out its ski gear, but it doesn't want expert skiers doing the job. No, it wants "two truly enthusiastic... More »

A Trash Bin Is No Place for a Crown, and Yet...

Stolen crown jewels reportedly found atop bin in Sweden

(Newser) - When some of Sweden's royal jewels were stolen last July , a police official predicted they would be "recovered sooner or later, because there are very few people who are prepared to handle such items." Apparently, sooner. The trial of a man accused of stealing a bicycle and... More »

McDonald's Lost a Big Mac Trademark. BK Pounced

Burger King restaurants in Sweden are now selling 'Not Big Macs'

(Newser) - So you're a fast-food giant that loses a trademark for one of your most popular offerings—what's the worst that can happen? Your rival could decide to mercilessly troll you, for one. That's what's happening to McDonald's in the EU, where the chain recently lost... More »

Millionaire's Family Sues When Heir Turns Out Not to Be Man's Son

Paternity test revealed no biological connection

(Newser) - What happens when a self-made millionaire leaves most of his fortune to his supposed son, only for a paternity test to reveal there was no biological relation between the two men? A lawsuit in British Columbia's Supreme Court that airs a lot of family secrets, per the CBC . Elis... More »

Prof Takes Incredible Action to Save Student From ISIS

Swedish professor told him not to lose heart

(Newser) - Four years ago, a chemistry professor got a text from her grad student: If I'm not back in a week, cut me from the doctoral program. Charlotta Turner called him right away: "He was very sad and crying,” the 48-year-old prof at Lund University in Sweden tells... More »

Buyer Sees Opportunity After Fire Station Mistakenly Sold

Rather than fork over $1.1M, a Swedish town is suing

(Newser) - A town in northern Sweden is in a heated fight to get its fire station back after it accidentally sold it. The municipality of Storuman sold several buildings to a private real estate group in 2014, unaware its fire station had been added to the property register listing two years... More »

Woman Indicted for Trying to Block Man's Deportation

Swedish woman refused to take her seat on plane

(Newser) - A Swedish woman who blocked a man's deportation by refusing to sit down on a plane is being prosecuted for "crimes against the aviation law," authorities say. Elin Ersson, 21, was indicted Friday for refusing to take her seat on a Turkish Airlines flight from Gothenburg on... More »

Girl Describes Finding Iron Age Sword in Swedish Lake

Saga Vanecek says people are calling her the country's new queen

(Newser) - The 8-year-old girl who made sensational headlines after finding a pre-Viking sword in a Swedish lake has given her side of the story to the Guardian . In a first-person take, Saga Vanecek says she was in search of rocks to skim from the bottom of Lake Vidostern in the southern... More »

Root Beer Among World's Most 'Disgusting' Foods

Or so says museum founder Samuel West

(Newser) - Feel like being ill? You could always visit the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden. Opening later this month, it will display 80 "disgusting" foods from around the world like Japanese cod sperm, Mexican tree-ant larvae, Chinese mouse wine—and classic American fare like Twinkies and root beer, the... More »

Girl Finds Ancient Sword in Lake, Is Now Sweden's 'True Queen'

Saga Vanecek, 8, dug up the 1,500-year-old Iron Age weapon in Lake Vidostern

(Newser) - What a museum worker calls an "amazing story" has emerged out of the south of Sweden, where a 1,500-year-old sword from the Iron Age was found in a lake—not by archaeologists or maritime researchers, but by an 8-year-old from Minneapolis. NPR reports on Saga Vanecek's discovery... More »

Tourists' Hotel Check-In Is International Incident

Chinese trio arrives early in Stockholm, gets shown the door

(Newser) - Sometimes, arriving early for your hotel check-in results in scoring a bed ahead of schedule. And sometimes it leads to an international incident. The latter is true of a bizarre incident in Stockholm involving three Chinese tourists—an older couple and their grown son, reports the Guardian . The three arrived... More »

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