Three people have been found dead outdoors in Västernorrland, which was hit by a snowstorm on Thursday.
The offbeat side of the news in Sweden...
- Snow storm.
Half a metre of snow fell in the Västernorrland region of Sweden, Thursday, the largest snowfall measured in Europe yesterday. "I don't think I have ever seen so much snow!" resident Yvonne Odsberg tells Radio Sweden.
- Busy weekend.
As many prepare to travel ahead of Christmas Eve on Sunday, this is one of the busiest times of the year on Swedish roads and in public transport, with accidents already causing congestion on Friday.
- Made of straw.
Flaming arrows fired by fleeing Santas, mowed down in a hit and run, torched by a gullible American tourist; if half a century of history tells us anything, the odds on this year's giant Gävle Christmas goat surviving through the festive period are pretty long.
- Brass with siren blasts.
Musicians, singers and other performers joined in during the quarterly test of Sweden's emergency notification system this week.
- But just how rare?
A jogger in the southern Swedish municipality of Laholm had a surprise while running along a forest path recently. David Fridolf told the local radio station in Halland that he was "shocked" to see ...
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.
- 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.