Some customers are reporting Swedish banks not letting them open savings accounts which could be due to the nation's negative interest rate, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Savings accounts.
- Has 90,000 students.
Venture capital company EQT is preparing the sale of the "free school" group Academedia, a transaction that will affect 90,000 students.
- Selection round in January.
One of Sweden's most famous living directors, Roy Andersson, will have his latest film in the running for an Oscar in 2016.
- Money for schools in budget proposal.
The government proposed spending an extra SEK 2.4 billion on schools in its 2016 budget to hire more teachers, begin special-needs education earlier, and guarantee the right to a high school education for adults.
- Offer fast degrees online.
There has been a rise in cases of "sham university" courses offered through Sweden and especially ones targeted at English and Arabic speakers who want to obtain a degree quickly, reports Swedish Radio News.
- Supports Sweden's entrance.
Ahead of their annual party conference in a month's time, the Centre Party board has announced they will support Sweden's entrance to NATO, the military alliance of the United States, Canada, and European nations. The change could mean that all four of the minority-Alliance parties support NATO membership - a potential political tide-turner - after the Christian Democrat leadership signalled they would consider such a stance as well.
- Characterizations draw SD ire.
In his new book "Halvvägs" ("half-way"), former Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, of the center-right Moderates, shares strong opinions about the now-third-largest political party, the Sweden Democrats, whose core, he writes, consists of "the country's racists and stiffly xenophobic."
- Half the time and cheaper.
A Chinese company has made an attractive offer to the Swedish Parliament to build a new, highspeed Swedish railway more quickly and cheaply than the Swedish Transportation Administration had planned.
- Fears that touch could be interpreted as sexual assault.
After several widely reported cases of sexual assault in schools and within youth sports, some teachers are scared to touch their students, and new research indicates this could be a problem.
- Monday last day to vote.
Some 55,000 Swedes have already cast their ballots in an election to determine Sweden's national bird.
- Diagnosis on the rise.
An increasing number of people in Sweden are diagnosed with ADHD, and many of them are treated with medicine, but the long-term effects of these drugs are not known, Swedish Radio's Science department reports.
- Fighting gang-related crime.
The conservative Moderate Party wants to recruit one thousand new police officers to combat gang-related crime, reports the newsagency TT.
- Mining project stopped.
The government has decided that the Ojnare forest on the Baltic Island of Gotland needs to be protected for its unique environmental values.