Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Infectious Diseases On The Up in Sweden

More and more Swedes are being infected by diseases such as Chlamydia, HIV and Nephropathia epidemica. Cases reported to The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control were up 30 percent in 2007 compared to the year before.
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Government to Examine Imam Education in Sweden

The government announced plans on Thursday to examine whether Sweden should implement a special training program for imams. “Imams can have an important role in integration. Many visitors to mosques turn to their religious leaders with questions related to Swedish society,” said Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg in a statement.

Bribery Allegations Rock Sweden's Migration Board

The Swedish Migration Board has called in the police to help investigate an alleged residence permit bribery scandal. The investigation follows a Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper report about a 20-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan who claims he paid a Migration Board (Migrationsverket) employee 40,000 kronor ($6,750) after the employee promised to procure a Swedish residence permit for him.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Two Arrests in Swedish Nuke Plant Bomb Plot

Swedish police arrested two contractors on Wednesday for allegedly preparing to sabotage a nuclear power plant, after traces of explosives were found on one of the men, police said. "Two Swedish men were arrested ... The prosecutor suspects them of sabotage," Sven-Erik Karlsson of the Kalmar county police told AFP.He said both men were contractors who had been working at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southern Sweden "for some time," but said the link between the two remained unclear.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

'Sweden Can no Longer Defend Itself'

Armed Forces Supreme Commander Håkan Syrén fears that proposed cuts to the military will diminish its capacity to defend Sweden's borders. In a proposal featuring an array of downsizing measures submitted by Syrén to the government on Thursday, military operations in Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden will disappear with the dissolution of the city’s Arctic Ranger battalion.

Church Gender Equality Flaws in Sweden

The Lutheran Church of Sweden has been criticised for weaknesses in its gender equality.
A study from the Ombudsman for Gender Equality says the former state church fails to satisfy legal requirements. Only one diocese, Linköping, is in full compliance with the law.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Chinese Students Cheated Over College Fees in Sweden

Several Chinese students from China have paid thousands of kronor to agencies in China to attend a Swedish university, despite the fact that the school is tuition free.


Swedish Business Collapses On The Up

The numbers of Swedish companies going bust has risen sharply over the last 12 months. 440 businesses shut their doors in Sweden in April, that’s up 8 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Immigrant pensioners draw a blank in Swedish

Thousands of immigrant pensioners in homes for the elderly are in danger of becoming more and more isolated. With the onset of age-related dementia, the elderly patients often forget their second language, Swedish, and soon have no one with whom they can communicate on a daily basis.

Jail for Refugees with False Passports in Sweden

A Swedish human rights professor claims that police putting a refugee arriving with false documents in jail are violating the Geneva Convention.