Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Top Swedish Military Officer Fired

Major General Tony Stigsson, former head of the Swedish Armed Forces' Joint Forces Command, was formally dismissed today. He had earlier been sentenced to three months in prison for abusing his wife. He is also accused of having inappropriately handled classified documents.


Swedish Teachers Face Violence at Work

Violence and harassment towards teachers are becoming an everyday occurrence in the corridors of Swedish schools, according the latest study from the National Union of Teachers. The figures come in a debate article in Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter. The investigation reveals that one in ten teachers are harassed at work while one in twenty are subject to violence and often on more than one occasion.


Shops Investigated for Tax Fraud

Shops in Sweden are to be subject to closer scrutiny for tax fraud by the Swedish National Tax Board. From 1st July this year the Tax Board are moving the focus of their investigations from the restaurant trade to other cash handling businesses such as opticians and bookmakers.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Gas Prices in Sweden Reach Record High

The price of gas in Sweden has reached a new record high of 13 kronor per litre ($8.40 per gallon). However analysts expect prices to rise even higher over the summer.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Swedish Guards Accussed of Terror Ties

Members of a delegation from Sweden’s Migration Board (Migrationsverket) were interrogated for hours by Israeli border police after being accused of collaborating with terrorists.


Swedish Healthcare Workers Strike

Brandishing placards that cried, ”I want to see what I do reflected in my pay packet!” 3,500 Swedish healthcare workers geared up this weekend for the strike which began Monday after negotiations broke down between employers and the Swedish Association of Healthcare Professionals on Saturday.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Swedish Football at a Crossroads

His first visit to a Swedish football match left David Bartram wondering what Sweden needs to do to stamp out its problems with hooliganism.


Riksdag Member Investigated for Alleged Abuse

A formal investigation was launched on Wednesday into allegations that a Moderate Party member of the Riksdag abused a woman. A high ranking public prosecutor has begun an investigation on his own initiative following a series of reports in the Swedish press on rumors of the abuse.


Prison Time for Swedish Nazi Leader

The Court of Appeals in Malmö has sentenced Simon Lindberg, leader of the National Socialist Front (NSF) in the southern Swedish county of Skåne to prison for criminal damages, acting as an accessory to abuse, and as an accessory to unlawful threats.


Swedish Youth Facing Debt Disaster

Sweden’s youth are facing serious economic problems according to a new report to the Swedish government by the Swedish Consumer Agency and the Swedish Debt Enforcement Authority.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Swedish Volvo and Saab Sold Less in Europe

Former Swedish tradition brands Volvo and Saab are losing ground on the European passenger car market.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Gender Equality and Business Problems in Sweden

Sweden is often hailed as one of the best countries in the world when it comes to gender equality. But it’s not all as rosy as you might imagine. Within the EU only Ireland and Malta are worse when it comes to the amount of women in leading positions in business. Only 3.9% of Swedish women own their own companies. Not the most impressive figure.


Too Few Milk Cows in Sweden

Swedish agricultural authorities report that the once over production of milk in this Nordic nation has dwindled to a scarcity.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Swedish Teacher Accused of Sending Nude Pics to Seduce Student

A teenage student in possession of sexually explicit photos of his Swedish school teacher claims the woman was trying to seduce him, reports the Göteborgs Tidning (GT) newspaper. The photos, which depict the teacher in sexually provocative positions, have now been circulated to several students at a school in Kungsbacka outside of Gothenburg, landing the teacher at the centre of a school-wide sex scandal.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

More Elderly Swedes Prescribed Antidepressants

The prescribing of antidepressants for people over 75-years-old has increased dramatically since 2000. In the last seven years, the number of daily doses has increased 29 percent according to statistics which Sweden’s state-run pharmacy monopoly Apoteket assembled for the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Swedish Guards Ignore Dying Prisoner

The Swedish media has also ben giving much attention to criticized 3-year-old police investigation of the death of a 31-year-old detainee in jail in the small southern Swedish town of Nyköping 3 years ago.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Iranian Man Offers 200,000 Kronor reward For Job in Sweden

Film-maker Shahram Afsar has offered 200,000 kronor ($34,000) for information leading him to a permanent job. Afsar claims that his Iranian name has forced him to take drastic measures. [...]

"Employers choose their friends within their network. It is almost impossible to get into this profession with the wrong name," Afsar said to Resume.se


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Swedish Green Party Policies Fail to Tackle Emissions

Just because a party calls itself Green doesn't necessarily mean it has the most environmentally friendly policies, argues Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.
The Green Party’s lukewarm stance towards economic development and modern technology leads to policies which considerably reduce our potential to limit emissions.


German Lawyer Criticizes Swedish Police

Swedish police have been criticized by the prime suspect's lawyer for their handling of the Arboga double murder case. The suspect (center) arrived for a hearing at a German court on Monday.


Torture Report to be Investigated Again

French authorities have decided to resume investigations into the alleged torture of a Congolese prisoner during a Swedish-French peace keeping mission in 2003. According to Swedish Television (SVT) the Supreme Commander of the French Armed Forces has made that decision after the visit of a Swedish delegation in France.