Stockholmers woke up Tuesday wondering where the sky had gone. While the Finns experienced a red sun and Londoners had orange skies, residents in Stockholm were in darkness an hour after sunrise.
The offbeat side of the news in Sweden...
- Summer event.
A cacophony of honking breaks out over the pine trees, signaling the start of another weekly session of drive-in bingo. Radio Sweden travelled to a remote Uppland village to find out why rural Swedes park in line to block out numbers.
- Power Big Meet.
This week the small Swedish town of Lidköping welcomes classic American car enthusiasts from around the world.
- Etiquette expert: I hear it every day in the shops. One gets a little irritated.(4:42 min) (4:42 min)Return of the 'ni'.
This week, Sweden marks the 50th anniversary of the "du-reform", when the country stopped using the plural "you", or 'ni', to address superiors of age and rank. But is "ni" on the way back? Radio Sweden visits the upmarket NK department store to find out.
- Healing hugs
On the sidelines of this week's political week in Stockholm, Radio Sweden ran into a man on a mission to make the world a better place - through the power of free hugs.
- TV gardening expert John Taylor: It must have hit the fruit harvest in Österlen(4:32 min) (4:32 min)Miserable May.
Tuesday night, May 9, was the coldest in decades for this time of year, and the cold snap is set to continue.
- After a warm Christmas and New Year.
Sweden is bracing itself for the return of the cold and snow after unusually high temperatures over the New Year's holiday.
- Pets in distress.
A rising number of dog owners choose to take their dogs to a calm place instead of giving sedatives during the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Radio Sweden speaks to one of the veterans of Sweden's first peacekeeping mission, during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
- Several violent incidents.
The creepy "killer clowns" craze that has swept through America and the UK has now reached Sweden, with several incidents reported in recent days, including a stabbing in Varberg, south-western Sweden on Thursday night.
- Small clay figures.
Archaeologists at a forest dig in Åkersberga, northern Stockholm county, have found a dozen ceramic figures with faces believed to be from the Stone Age, making them the oldest objects ever found with a human face in Sweden.
- Mountain symbol.
A cyclical decline in the population of small rodents in the Swedish mountains has hurt the numbers of one of Sweden's most endangered predators, the Arctic fox.
- Routine discovery.
Supermarket chain Ica has stopped selling a batch of its own brand of organic hot dogs due to concerns that some may have been contaminated with Listeria.
- A travel holiday.
It's Midsummer, an important holiday in Swedish culture where people celebrate the start of summer. And just how do they do that?
- Sustainable housing.
A Swedish architectural firm has won an award for coming up with a design for urban insect farms in downtown Stockholm. The firm claims that the farms could make the city self-sufficient on proteins.