Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party surges in polls amid EU’s Eurosceptic wave

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have gained ground in a recent poll, pulling almost even with the ruling Social Democrats, ahead of an election in September. Similar parties have won recent elections in Slovenia and Italy. The poll, conducted for Sweden’s Expressen newspaper and published Monday, has put the Sweden Democrats in second place, with 21 […]

Sweden 'begrudgingly' approves construction of Russia’s second gas pipeline to Northern Europe

The Swedish government has granted a permit for the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its territorial waters, despite reservations. The 9.5 billion euro ($ 11.17 billion) project is set to bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. It is a joint venture of Russian energy giant Gazprom with French Engie, […]

Sweden: Top 10 facts about this Scandinavian nation

1. Sweden has the highest number of McDonald’s restaurants per capita in Europe. 2. Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest six times. Only Ireland (seven) has more wins. 3. Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad. An average of 1,836,000 meatballs are eaten daily in Ikea’s 313 stores worldwide. 4. In […]

#ICYMI: Sweden issues a fighting guidebook, but millennials want WiFi not wars

This week the world was asking, does Sweden know something we don’t? The famously peaceful and egalitarian home of flat-pack furniture handed out a guide to fighting a war to all of its citizens. Swedes were told to prepare for “total defense,” and that “resistance will never cease,” which is easy to say when an […]

Sweden tests roads that charge electric vehicles as they drive

(Reuters) — An electrified road in Sweden that is the first in the world to charge vehicles as they drive along is showing promise and could potentially help cut the high cost of electric cars, project backers Vattenfall and Elways told Reuters. The state-funded project, named eRoadArlanda and costing about 50 million crowns ($ 5.82 […]

Eurovision 2018 Sweden: Who is representing Sweden? Who is Benjamin Ingrosso?

Who is representing Sweden at Eurovision 2018? Representing Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is singer Benjamin Ingrosso. The 20-year-old vocalist will be performing the song Dance You Off. Well-known in his native Sweden, the singer participated in national talent contest Let’s Dance in 2014 and on Melodifestivalen in 2017 and 2018. The latter […]

Sweden has a unique relationship with North Korea — and could play a major role when Trump meets with Kim Jong Un

Associated Press Sweden may be needed to help the US in the coming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sweden has had a long history of being a neutral country and has used that to help it gain diplomatic relations with North Korea. Sweden has helped the US with […]

Brad Gushue falls to Sweden in gold-medal rematch

Canada’s Brad Gushue fell a win short of a second straight men’s world curling championship and settled for silver Sunday. Sweden’s Niklas Edin avenged a loss to Gushue in last year’s world final by dominating Canada 7-3 in the championship game in Las Vegas. Gushue shook hands after eight ends. “Real disappointed, obviously,” Gushue said. […]

Sweden introduces aviation tax in effort to help climate

Sweden has introduced an aviation tax that the government says is an effort to limit the impact of air travel on the environment. However, the country’s Environmental Protection Agency says it won’t have a big effect on emissions. Passengers departing from Swedish airports will be hit with an extra charge of between 60 and 400 […]

Child marriage brochure prompts outrage in Sweden

A Swedish leaflet about child marriage has been withdrawn after it sparked outrage. The document outlines the illegality of underage marriage in Sweden, but many assumed it was condoning it instead. The brochure was produced by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) and aimed at people arriving in the country. Entitled, ‘Information for […]