A gym in Luleå, northern Sweden has come up with a novel way of helping locals clear their streets and driveways during winter: snow-shoveling workouts.
- Combining workouts with snow clearing.
- Blizzard brings three decimetres of snow.
Several accidents have been reported after motorists were warned to be cautious and patient on the roads due to treacherous conditions and harsh winter weather, which is likely to last throughout the weekend.
- Internal split in the Liberal Party.
Cecilia Wikström, one of the Liberal Party's key figures on immigration and asylum policy, says she was not consulted on the party's new "integration policy", which she believes is fit only for the rubbish bin.
- Luxury trips with families.
Swedish hygiene products firm SCA has been placed under preliminary investigation by a public prosecutor after a string of media reports on lavish spending of corporate money, reports AFP.
Much of Sweden will be hit by heavy snow and strong winds this weekend and motorists are being advised to take extra care or stay at home.
- Doubled in five years.
The number of Swedish people who were forced to turn to the National Debt Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden) because they couldn't pay off their debt increased by over ten percent or roughly 1,000 people last year, Swedish Radio News reports.
- 9 percentage point increase in 15 years.
The number of non-religious funerals in Sweden continues to rise. Last year, 13 percent - or close to 3,000 - of the funerals arranged by funeral company Fonus were non-religious ceremonies, news agency TT reports.
- 28 januari kl 20:36
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Swedish animated film. Nowadays there are many talented Swedish film animators but no specific national film policy to help Swedish animators succeed internationally. Short films, documentaries and feature films all have their own advisers that allocates money through the Swedish Film Institute. But animated films do not have a specific advisor. If a Swedish film animator wants to apply for money, they must apply to one of the other categories, which is something film animation teacher Midhat Ajanovic thinks is interfering with the development of the art form."Inhibits production in the country."
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Swedish animated film, but there is no national film policy to help Swedish animators succeed internationally.
- 30 januari kl 15:14
Trade organisation Swedish Pig launches project to try smaller pig stalls
Twelve Swedish farms are currently testing a controversial method to make pig farming more efficient. The farms have gotten special permission to break the Swedish animal welfare act and hold sows in farrowing crates where they are immobilised while they`re lactating in order to investigate if more piglets survive. Dave Russell has more:Illegal in Sweden.
A test project aims to investigate if holding sows in farrowing crates allows more piglets to survive if the sow is immobilised while they're lactating.
- Full state compensation.
In their take on the controversial of asylum policy, the Center Party wants municipalities to get full state compensation for receiving asylum seekers instead of only getting a standard amount, Swedish Radio News reports.
- Asked for an increase, got a cut.
The government will cut court funding by hundreds of millions of krona over the next few years. The National Courts Administration warns that this may lead to longer waiting times, TV4 news reports.
- Previous state secretary.
The government has appointed a national coordinator to improve the situation for the many EU-migrants who are begging on the streets in Sweden.
- Spied for Soviet.
One of the most notorious spies in Swedish history, Stig Bergling, has passed away, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.