After negotiating with the Left party, the Social Democrat- and Green-led government wants to make room in the spring budget to allow all children between the ages of 8 and 19 who need glasses to be able to get them for free, according to Swedish Television News.
- Spring budget.
- Sentenced to prison.
Another nine men have been sentenced after the Nazi attack on an anti-racism demonstration in Kärrtorp more than a year ago, the newspaper Expo reports. All were convicted of rioting and given prison terms of between three and eight months.
- Millions of migratory birds returning.
The Swedish championships in birdhouse building is underway, with 10 young finalists competing with houses shaped like everything from Big Ben to a dartboard.
At least twelve swans were found dead, or dying, in the Stockholm area of Djurgården, in February, and after performing autopsies on several of them, the National Veterinary Institute has concluded that lead poisoning may be behind the deaths.
- "You cannot just stick your head in the sand."
The amount of carbon dioxide emissions within Swedish borders has decreased, but the total amount of emissions caused by Swedish consumers has increased because of things like meat eating and airplane flights. Researchers now recommend a carbon tax on both of these.
- "Wetterstrand combines experience, commitment and political capital."
Maria Wetterstrand has been tasked by the government to lead an investigation into the possibilities of fossil fuel-free vehicles by 2030 and a carbon-neutral Sweden by 2050.
- Increased profits 30 percent in 2014.
Increased sales in China mean that automobile manufacturer Volvo is reaping record profits, and the company says it may seek new hires in the future.
- Farmers immobilize sows for five days.
The trial run by Swedish pig farmers to severely restrict the movement of lactating sows in order to reduce piglet mortality is now gaining international criticism.
Police stepped in this evening when Greenpeace activists disrupted a meeting between Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and the German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, in Berlin, on Wednesday evening.
- Technology works but is too expensive, Vattenfall says.
Vattenfall has scrapped its Aegir array project off the Shetland Islands, which means the Swedish energy company will not be investing in wave power outside the Scottish archipelago.
- The size of several soccer fields.
A large oil spill was discovered in Gothenburg Wednesday afternoon. The emergency services and the coast guard are trying to determine where the leak is coming from and how to contain it, Swedish Television reports.
- "We may have to expect smaller moose."
Rising temperatures are a threat to Sweden’s moose (or European elk) population, writes the newspaper Kvällsposten. If global warming continues, the newspaper says, the moose will be migrating north.
- Sweden exports energy.
The electricity consumption in Sweden last year was the lowest since 1986.
- Analyst: "a question of nuances."
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented her Statement of Government Policy in a Parliamentary debate on foreign affairs Wednesday morning.
- People are urged to stay indoors.
The national weather service SMHI has issued a warning for strong winds and heavy snowfall in the far north of Sweden this weekend, Swedish Radio news reports.