Sweden

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Sweden Takes Relaxed Approach to Restrictions

Scientists begin to pressure government on its pandemic policies

(Newser) - The streets of Stockholm are quiet but not deserted. People still sit at outdoor cafes in the center of Sweden's capital. Vendors still sell flowers. Teenagers still chat in groups in parks. Some still greet each other with hugs and handshakes. After a long, dark Scandinavian winter, the coronavirus... More »

Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot

(Newser) - This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and... More »

Angry Fans Topple Soccer Star's Statue

Fans of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's boyhood club in Sweden aren't happy with him

(Newser) - A soccer player with AC Milan isn't so popular anymore with fans of the club he originally played for, and they've taken it out once more on the sculpture erected for him. The BBC reports a nearly 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmo, Sweden, was toppled... More »

'It Must Have Been Love' Singer Dead at 61

Marie Fredriksson had battled brain tumor since 2002

(Newser) - One half of the Swedish duo that brought us the hit songs " Listen To Your Heart ," " Joyride ," and " It Must Have Been Love " has died. Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson passed away Monday at age 61 after what management described as "a 17-year-long battle... More »

This Is the Most Swedish Fugitive Ever

He's found sleeping in a bed at Ikea

(Newser) - Police in Sweden say a wanted man was found asleep in a bed in a furniture store north of Stockholm, per the AP . Police spokesman Tobias Ahlen says the staff at the Ikea store in Uppsala contacted the police Monday after they found the 25-year-old sleeping in the bed department.... More »

Finally Some Good News for Julian Assange

Rape case in Sweden is dropped

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Sweden are no longer pursuing a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose 50-week sentence in a British prison came as a result of the allegation. The decision to drop the case came after seven witnesses were interviewed, reports the BBC . Though it described the alleged victim... More »

Big Pregnancy Study Halted After 6 Babies Die

But results of late-term labor induction are being noted: 'There is potential to save babies' lives'

(Newser) - A Swedish study has been canceled after the deaths of six infants, but early results are already changing the approach to late-term pregnancy. The Guardian reports on research undertaken by Sahlgrenska University Hospital that wanted to see, in pregnant women who'd gone past 40 weeks of gestation, if labor... More »

Sweden's King Removes Royal Titles From 5 Grandchildren

Move will streamline country's royal family

(Newser) - Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has taken the unusual step of stripping five of his grandchildren of their royal titles—but it's not because of a family feud. The five children, aged between one and five, are the offspring of the younger two of the king's three... More »

US, North Korea Launch New Talks in Sweden

But they break down, and North Korean official complains

(Newser) - American and North Korean officials met Saturday in Sweden to resume talks—and walked away only hours later, Reuters reports. "The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off," said Pyongyang's top negotiator, Kim Myong Gil. "The US raised expectations by offering suggestions like... More »

This Country Put Its Navy Into Hiding

Sweden's island base, Muskö, is back in action

(Newser) - Nothing like a vast underground base to protect your navy—especially when Russia is getting aggressive. That seems to be Sweden's thinking as the Scandinavian country returns its entire navy to the island base of Muskö, the Guardian reports. Protected by thick granite, laced with tunnels, and boasting its... More »

Family of 'Sweden's Schindler' Wants Answers

Nearly 75 years after he disappeared, Raoul Wallenberg's family is still in the dark

(Newser) - Raoul Wallenberg is called "Sweden's Schindler," and is thought to have saved as many as 30,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II—and his family has no idea when or how he died. This week, some of his descendants are traveling to Stockholm to demand the... More »

A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault in Sweden

But rapper won't have to serve any time

(Newser) - A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm—but he won't have to serve any time. The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid... More »

Trump Celebrates the Return of A$AP Rocky

The American rapper returns to US soil

(Newser) - Nearly a month after he was arrested in Sweden, rapper A$AP Rocky returned to the United States as the verdict in an assault case against him and two other Americans looms, the AP reports. Los Angeles television stations reported the 30-year-old artist was among a group of people shown emerging... More »

A$AP Rocky Will Be Freed

But the rapper has to return for his verdict on Aug. 14

(Newser) - Rapper A$AP Rocky and two other US suspects will be freed from jail until Aug. 14, when judges are expected to announce a verdict in the assault case against them , a Swedish court announced Friday. It wasn't immediately clear from the decision by the Stockholm District Court whether the... More »

Outcry Dismissed, Sweden Puts A$AP Rocky on Trial

Rapper's assault trial has started in Stockholm despite Trump's efforts to free him

(Newser) - It's been a long month for A$AP Rocky, detained by Swedish officials after allegedly attacking someone in a street fight at the end of June, and on Tuesday, the next phase of his overseas experience began. The 30-year-old American rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty at the... More »

After A$AP Rocky Bust, Calls for an Ikea Boycott

And a fan is arrested after threatening to 'blow this motherf---er up' outside Swedish embassy in DC

(Newser) - Fans of A$AP Rocky and the president of the United States alike are up in arms over Sweden's detention of the rapper , but one in particular is in some legal trouble after allegedly threatening to literally get up in arms outside the Swedish embassy in Washington, DC. Variety reports... More »

Trump Slams Sweden Over Rapper's Detention

'Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM'

(Newser) - Sweden has decided to detain American rapper A$AP Rocky until his trial on an assault charge begins Tuesday—and President Trump is hopping mad about it. He slammed the country and its prime minister in tweets Thursday night, the Guardian reports. "Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven... More »

A$AP Rocky Stuck Despite Trump's Offer

Rapper will remain in Sweden for assault trial

(Newser) - President Trump's offer of help for A$AP Rocky wasn't enough. On Thursday Swedish prosecutors said the 30-year-old rapper will remain in custody in Sweden until his trial on an assault charge begins Tuesday, per NBC News . Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage are... More »

Trump Makes Surprise Offer for A$AP Rocky

The president offers to 'personally vouch' for the rapper's bail

(Newser) - President Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," the AP reports. Trump tweeted that during "a very good call" with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he also "assured him that A$AP... More »

Trump: I Spoke to Kanye, Will Help A$AP Rocky

President says he is working to get the rapper released from detention in Sweden

(Newser) - President Trump is on the case—the A$AP Rocky case. The rapper, whose detention in Sweden caused an uproar last week , was on Friday ordered to be held at least until July 25, NBC News reports; he was first arrested July 2 after an alleged street fight. But Trump says... More »

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