Sweden's eight political party leaders went head-to-head on Wednesday in the first parliamentary debate of the year.
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- First debate out of three.
Thousands of people will over the next few years be out in forests and nature reserves around the country, cutting down brushwood and shrubs, in a new government scheme to get more people onto the labour market.
- New investment trend.
A growing number of Swedes are buying marijuana stocks, with Swedish online bank Nordnet noting that, right now, three out of their seven most popular stocks are Canadian cannabis manufacturers.
Violent crime has risen the past three years in Stockholm and Malmö, while the rest of the country has not seen the same escalation.
- Weather warning.
The National Weather Service SMHI issued warnings for much of central and southern Sweden today as strong winds and snow storms sweep eastward.
- Assisted suicide.
Alicia Vikander is back working with Lisa Langseth, the Swedish director she had her breakthrough with; but for the first time, they have made a film in English.
- Political reactions.
Two men are dead after separate shootings this weekend.
- Cross-party report.
Although the government and opposition parties have both agreed to increase military spending, a war of words broke out over exactly how much of a threat the country faces.
- Lack of scientific reports.
Sweden's National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) says it will not stop using MRI scans of the knee joint to determine the age of asylum seekers, despite criticism from doctors inside the authority that the method is imprecise and unscientific.
- Labour market.
A smartphone app backed by 200 volunteers is helping foreign-born job seekers into the labour market.
- Began on social media.
Following the outcry over sexual harassment and assault in the #Metoo movement, people are to take to the streets all over Sweden on Sunday.
The government is in discussions with unions and employers over a new type of low-wage, subsidised job aimed at bringing new arrivals into the labour market. Employment minister Ylva Johansson tells Radio Sweden the unions' willingness to back the reform is unique.
- People choose other jobs.
The Swedish Armed Forces continued to struggle attracting recruits in 2017, falling well below its own target of 3,500 troops required for basic training.
- Investor in Victoria Park.
Greg Dingizian was born in Baghdad, raised in Rosengård, and is now worth SEK 800m.
- Low chances of receiving asylum.
The number of people seeking asylum in Sweden from Georgia has doubled to 200, but chances are small they will be granted asylum.