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Sweden Takes Bandy Gold

Published måndag 26 januari 2009 kl 10.23

People all over Sweden are celebrating their team’s victory in the hugely popular game of bandy.

The Swedish men’s team beat reigning champions Russia 6-1 in a match in the central Swedish town of Västerås.

Bandy, which is played enthusiastically in the Nordic region, and also in countries from Canada to Australia, is similar to ice hockey, but is played with a ball, not a puck.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt was quick to congratulate the team on taking bandy gold.

Since 1980 Sweden has won the world championship nine times, Russia, or the USSR, has won eight times, and it has been won once by Finland.

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