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Sweden's population grew to over 9.5 million

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
At year-end, Sweden's population stood at 9,5million people meaning that Sweden's population increased by more than 70 000 people in 2012.

Desperate British people want to leave the EU

Monday, 18 February 2013
More British people are indicating that they would want their country to withdraw from the EU, believing that the EU is not as progressive as they had hoped, according to a new opinion polls report.

Suicide rate among youths in Sweden hit 150 a year

Monday, 11 February 2013
They have everything children from deprived societies lack but they are not happy, as such, they kill themselves.

Finnish Councillor given Hitler clock as a gift for being a true patriot

Thursday, 28 March 2013
A councillor of the Finnish far right party, True Finns in Vaasa,  Risto Helin, has received a present which is a clock with a photo of Hitler and the Nazi swastika as a gift from a patriotic club in Vaasa, Finland.

Deja vu as Britain turns to nasty immigration problems that are likely not there

Monday, 25 March 2013
The rise of the far right British anti EU party, UK Independent party (UKIP), the struggling of the coalition government (LibCon coalition) to jump start the UK flagging economy has made all the major parties in this country go nasty on immigration.

How the horsemeat scandal is making Swedish municipalities to get creative

Monday, 25 March 2013
The horsemeat scandal has ignited a lost of trust in food producers and has made Swedish municipalities to become more creative.  After the horse meat scandal in food eaten in various Swedish schools, hospitals and old people's homes, some Swedish municipalities have become very creative to rear their own animals so as to sure of the source of food. 

Taxi fraud in Stockholm drains customers' accounts - what you need to know

Monday, 25 March 2013
In a new taxi scam, in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden only, more than 30 taxi customers lost their credit cards recently. Some Skr20,000  has been accounted to have disappeared. We don't know the data from other cities of the country.

EU agrees on new rules on bankers bonuses

Thursday, 21 March 2013
The EU Parliament and Ireland, which has the EU presidency, have put together the agreement that will put a cap on bankers' bonuses. This comes despite intense opposition from the UK.

Horsemeat Lasagna donated to the poor people - even in Sweden

Tuesday, 19 March 2013
The lasagna, which was removed from the counters of Swedish grocery retailer Axfood's shops because they contained horse meat is  being donated to the needy, the company said in a press release.

More Swedish harden criminals establish in Thailand, source of drugs to ease smuggling to Sweden

Sunday, 17 March 2013
Swedish police is worried that the increased settling of Swedish criminal gangs in Thailand would mean that there would be increase ease to smuggle drugs to Sweden.

Swedish public school students are prepared to protect themselves in case of a school  shootings

Saturday, 16 March 2013
School shootings as shown on television from places such as the USA neighbouring Finland and the likes are not common in Sweden but fears are rife that such incidences could be on the here was given the growing strength of the far rights. As such, to minimise casualties, primary school pupils are being drilled on how to protected themselves in case a crazy gun man comes to school.

Cheap heroin readily available in Stockholm
Friday, 08 March 2013
For the first time, heroin has taken over Stockholm where it is cheap and readily available. According to police, this has recruited a new generation of heroin addicts and its is destroying people's lives.

Nordic countries roll out tax evader's investigation team abroad

Friday, 08 March 2013
A Nordic elite unit with 400 tax experts will now seek out those hiding money in international tax havens, Swedish media report.

Norwegian industry should slow the Swedish worker immigration

Monday, 04 March 2013
The sour feelings between the Norwegian and Swedish immigrant workers had now become real. The leader of the Norwegian business organisation, NHO has called on Sweden to take responsibility and create jobs for its youths rather that solving their failed job creation policy by stuffing the Norwegian jobs market.

Danes want to push Greenland to have more rights to its natural resources

Monday, 04 March 2013
The vast majority of Danes believe that Greenland should continue to have the right to the country's resources, a new opinion poll in Denmark show.

How the idea of free school in Sweden increase segregation in the society

Wednesday, 27 February 2013
As the Swedish government's flagship free school system seen by many as making it possible for children from disadvantaged background to get a shot at private education, it has turned out that such is not the case. Discrimination is actually rife with the systems than would have been imagined.

Explosion of identity fraud in Stockholm, Sweden - 20,000 reported in 2012

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
There has increased reports of identity fraud in Sweden with over 20 000 reported around the capital, Stockholm.

The shape of thing for the UK after downgrade from AAA to AA1

Monday, 25 February 2013
The fall of UK economy has not affected the market in a big way. In fact, the market had expected that the British credit rating would be downgraded though the question remains when. So what is happening now?

Where have the Swedish emigrating population move to and why the increased exedos?

Sunday, 24 February 2013
So far, the feeling in Sweden is not to get the country out of the EU, as such its people will still have the freedom to travel and settle in various parts they desire in the Union. However, according to the latest Swedish population assessment, some additional 52,000 Swedish people left Sweden last year, a new record when it comes to the amount of people "fleeing" the country.

How it became hard for the British government to "clear the mess that Labour left"

Saturday, 23 February 2013
It finally lost its AAA - rated debt status after a long period of weak economic policy that has made the economy not to grow and could be heading into a triple dip recession. But the Chancellor, Georg Osborne is adamant and vows to stick to current policy even after the downgrade by Moody's, which blamed subdued growth and rising debt burden

Robberies on the rise in Sweden as some two robberies occur everyday

Monday, 18 February 2013  
There is the explosion of robberies in Sweden and as compared to other crimes, the police is reported to be able to handle the relatively large number of robberies, according to a new report from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet - Brå).

Fears that Swedish school meals might contain horse meat

Monday, 11 February 2013
Lasagna that might have contained horsemeat is reported to have been sold to companies that produce schools meals through Sweden. It also has been reported to been in food sold to various launch restaurants in the country

Swedish Minister accuses Findus of criminality after the horsemeat scandal

Monday, 11 February 2013
Swedish Rural affairs minister, Eskil Erlandsson is not a happy man especially as the scandal about horsemeat in frozen food has been found in the Findus brand, a brand that is closely associated to Sweden.

Poor hardworking Swedish farmers much vulnerable to criminality

Monday, 11 February 2013
As Swedish farmers work extremely hard and calculate how to balance things like climate change, prolonged winter, and price vulnerability, criminals on their part are calculating what to do with them.

Moody's raises Iceland's credit rating

Friday, 08 February 2013
The credit rating agency Moody's on Thursday raised Iceland's credit rating from negative to stable.

Surprisingly low interest of Somali relatives wishing to move to Sweden - Great relief to the Swedish authorities

Wednesday, 06 February 2013
Unlike expectation that flood of Somalis will come to Sweden to join their relatives already living here when recent law relaxed such possibility, it turned out that a few of them actually are coming to Sweden.

Adult students who completed elementary education find difficulties paying back their student loans

Sunday, 03 February 2013
With jobs and careers hard to come by these days in Sweden, people who took student loans, mostly immigrants, are having it hard to start making repayments. This hit mostly those who went for adult education to study Swedish language courses - many are now ending up with the bailiffs according to a report from the State investigators on adult education.

Large cache of beer and cigarette seized from 11 Polish smugglers on their way to Norway

Sunday, 03 February 2013
A large cache of contraband goods were seized by the Norwegian custom officials in a joint force with the police in which some 11 Polish smugglers were arrested.

The Nordic politico- economic approach to modern governance could lead over hard toned capitalistic models

Saturday, 02 February 2013
The Nordic countries could lead the world in producing progressive economic ideology that would help strengthen governments and improve the quality of life of people if democracy really means what it is said.

Swedish migration board engulfed with bribery and corruption scandals

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
The Swedish migration board has come under intense scrutiny as it emerge that resident permits have been sold to the highest bidders in what has been described as a serious bribery scandal in that department.

Big "tax Evasion" in Norway among many companies.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Six out of ten companies operating in Norway pay no taxes, according to figures from the Norwegian Tax authority.

Meat tax proposed in Sweden to reduce heavy meat consumption and improve sustainability

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
The Swedish board for agriculture is proposing seeking the government to imposing taxes on beef in order to reduce the amount of beef consumed in Sweden. But the Swedish finance minister, Anders Borg believe that taxing beef is a lame idea.

Unpaid student loan in Sweden hit Skr 1billion

Sunday, 20 January 2013
Swedish student loan in unpaid debts is now closer to Skr1 billion although the amount of those owning fell by 4,000 than a year ago.

Two Norwegians caught in the Algerian saga released last night - on their way home right now

Saturday, 19 January 2013
Two Norwegian, Statoil workers caught in the Algerian hostage saga are safe  and are on their way home to Norway, Statoil's CEO Helge Lund said at a press conference Saturday morning. But there are reports also that six Norwegians are still not accounted for.

The Swedish train crash might have been an accident and accused woman could have been innocent

Friday, 18 January 2013
The train, which crashed in a house in Sweden on Tuesday, which we reported, has now been analysed and it turn out that it might have been cause not by the woman but accidentally.

Algerian hostages forced to wear Bomb belts, The Norwegian authority calls for safe return of their citizens

Thursday, 17 January 2013
Several of the hostages held by Islamists in Algeria are reported to have been forced to wear bomb belts or explosive around their waists to prevent security forces from storming the facility and rescuing them.

Norwegians among westerners abducted in a hostage drama in Algeria

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Norwegian Statoil employees have been captured in Algeria by islamist guerrillas in a gas plant in eastern Algerian In Amenas. Among them are mostly about 40 westerners held by kidnappers apparently reacting to western involvement in Mali. A Briton was reportedly killed as well as an Algerian.

Child poverty claims in Sweden by charities exaggerated, a media research show

Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Child poverty in Sweden is said to be driven by over zealous children's rights organizations and thus present exaggerated figure of poverty when it is likely that child poverty in Sweden is not as severe as they depict.

A train derailed and crashed into a building in Sweden when a cleaner stole and took it for a ride.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
A train in Sweden crashed into a build over night and it turned out that a cleaner stole the train before it derailed and crashed into a residential building outside Stockholm on Tuesday.

Treacherous weather conditions lead to mass accident pileup in Sweden

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
About a hundred vehicles, trucks and cars have mixed-up in an accident in Sweden today described as one of the greatest mass collusion of our times.

Finland resistant to Nordic defence pact
Monday, 14 January 2013
Sweden's wish to see closer defence cooperation in the Nordic region but that seems to be heading for the failure as Finland increases it resistance to a Nordic defence pact, which would have led to a much closer co-operation. That defence pact is not on the agenda but a closer co-operation is on going according to Finland.

Sharp expansion of illegal waste export from Sweden but the police up their antics

Sunday, 06 January 2013
Swedish customs have been very busy at the borders and one thing they have been interrupting, more recently is illegal waste exports from Sweden, which officials said its volume has increased last year.

Norwegians still have millions in old bank notes stored somewhere though central bank has rejected accepting new exchanges.

Sunday, 06 January 2013
Norwegian banknotes worth an equivalent to Skr638 million is reported to still being kept somewhere unredeemed or unswapped to newer notes after they were taken out of service at the end of last year.

Several robberies in Stockholm jewellery stores end in shootings and one man down

Friday, 04 January 2013
A jewellery shop was robbed in Södertälje, in Stockholm where several robbers struck at lunchtime. The police shot one person in connection with the robbery but reports hold that he is not dead.

Congestion charge means less traffic in Gothenburg - but people are not happy

Thursday, 03 January 2013
The first day of congestion charges in Gothenburg is believed to have produced impressive results as car traffic fell declined by 25 percent, according to estimates from the Swedish Transport Agency.

Increasing cost of personal care in Sweden beginning to cause fears in vulnerable people.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013
Spending on personal assistance continues to grow unchecked in Sweden and there is growing fear that in a few years, such cost would be expected to exceed Skr30 billion a year. This is causing great worries to people affected with disability in the country as the debate about recent discussion on cheating in the sector will result in increased scrutiny.