During 2016 Jokkmokk market in northern Sweden over the weekend, the annual reindeer race crowned a surprise winner: Gerald Thomson, Australia's ambassador to Sweden.
- Legendary race.
- Violate UN resolutions.
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström denounced North Korea's latest long-range rocket launch on Sunday.
- United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
A United Nations panel said on Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and the UK during his three-year stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
- Zika virus.
Swedish mosquito researcher Jan Lundström, who helped battle mosquitoes in the lower Dal River during an especially buggy summer 2015, has been invited to Brazil to help fight the Zika virus.
- Migration Agency forecast.
Sweden could receive up to 140,000 asylum seekers in 2016, including 27,000 unaccompanied minors, according to a forecast by the Swedish Migration Agency published on Thursday.
- "Arbitrary detention" claims.
A United Nations panel investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's alleged "unlawful detention" has ruled in his favor, the BBC reports, though the panel's report is not due to be made public until tomorrow. The Swedish foreign ministry also confirmed this information for news agency TT.
- Unaccompanied minors.
The government is prepared to offer financial support to Morocco so it can receive into its care Moroccan minors who are in Sweden without chance for asylum.
- Lowered 10 to 15 percent.
Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin said the government will transfer funds from its foreign aid budget to help finance the asylum system.
- Anders Kompass.
A former top United Nations official tells Radio Sweden that this Nordic nation can do a lot to help whistleblowers at the international organization like Swedish rights worker Anders Kompass.
- Lacking deportation agreements.
Despite the police being told to prepare for a surge in deportations, it is still unclear how many failed asylum seekers will be expelled from Sweden in the coming years.
- Minister: I have had a discussion with the North African countries and we have had a discussion with Afghanistan(0:49 min)Includes more border police and more checks within Sweden.
The government has told the police and Swedish Migration Agency to get ready to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers who may see their applications rejected in the coming year.
- Prosecutors in Brazil.
Neither Saab nor their former CEO Åke Svensson has been contacted by Brazilian authorities regarding an investigation into whether or not bribes were paid in the country's $5.4 billion purchase of 36 Gripen fighter planes from the Swedish company.
- Two-year investigation.
The government wants to develop a proposal that would allow legal entry into the EU for asylum seekers, many of whom risk their lives on dangerous sea voyages or pay off callous smugglers in their search for refuge.
- Peter Dahlin.
A Swedish human rights activist detained by Chinese authorities earlier this month for allegedly threatening national security has returned home to Sweden, Swedish Radio News reports.