Swedish prosecutors leveled criminal charges against former Telia CEO Lars Nyberg and two other senior company officials on Friday for their involvement in the company’s bribery scheme in Uzbekistan.
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- Head of Anti-Corruption Institute: Sweden is perceived as being corruption-free, but it's not.(3:30 min) (3:30 min)Payouts to Uzbek government.
- One increased sentence.
Two of the three men convicted for bombings in Gothenburg have received reduced sentences from the Swedish Court of Appeals. The third man received a longer sentence for the crimes.
- Illegal payments.
The Stockholm-based telecom company Telia will pay $965M (approximately SEK 8 billion) in fines to settle a corruption case in which the firm paid bribes between 2007 and 2010 to government officials in Uzbekistan.
- Test-taker: I am very stressed.
Only one in four foreign-born doctors pass the exam necessary to practice medicine in Sweden.
- Recruiting talent.
The government's draft budget proposes taxing stock options as capital gains when sold, instead of straight income, which can mean a much smaller tax burden for people when they cash them in.
- Threat level unchanged.
Sweden's security service, Säpo, is investigating a terrorism threat in Stockholm. Measures have been taken but the terror threat level has not been raised.
- "Democracy has the right to defend itself"
Sweden's prime minister Stefan Löfven said on Thursday that the Nazi demonstration in Gothenburg at the weekend had crossed "bounds of decency". The government has called for cross-party talks on how to counter "the anti-democratic forces in Sweden".
Human rights group, Civil Rights Defenders, says it will appeal Wednesday night's decision by Vellinge municipal council to approve a proposal that would make it the first town in Sweden to ban begging.
- Police's IT scandal.
National Police Chief Dan Eliasson was questioned by the parliamentary justice committee on Thursday over Swedish Radio's revelations about security breaches in the police handling of payroll and personnel information.
- Budget's effects.
"Sweden is at the end of the world," said Burak Mungan, explaining why the government's proposed flight tax will not affect how often he flies.
Making it rich is an enticing prospect for those signing up to Sweden's very first course teaching about the streaming video site, but the founder of the adult education class in the northern locality of Kalix, tells Radio Sweden that the skills learnt can be transferred to other jobs in the labour market.
The Social Democrat-led government promised tax cuts for a majority of pensioners in the budget submitted to Parliament today, but do pensioners think they will benefit in any real way?
- Budget for 2018.
The centre-right opposition criticised the government budget for lack of long-term reforms, and warned the economy may over-heat due to all the spending.
- Election budget.
The Swedish government is raising child support by SEK 200 per month in its last Autumn budget before the election.
- Two parties abstained.
Defence minister Peter Hultqvist survived the no-confidence vote in parliament, after the Liberal and the Centre Party abstained.