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.
The offbeat side of the news in Sweden...
- Healing 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.
- Annual tradition.
A royal baby named after a rock band? A firetruck's sirens playing an ice cream truck jingle? A breakfast cereal made entirely from wood chips? Swedish media has a tradition of sneaking in fake stories on April Fools' Day and this year proved to be no different.
- 1 av 4Truck driver Patrik took this picture of his windshield after he hit a dromedary near Ulricehamn.2 av 4Helena Schicht, Circus Maximum's tour manager, says circuses would never let out animals on purpose. Photo: Niclas Odengård/Sveriges Radio3 av 4Accident involving dromedary and truck.
Circus Maximum denies suggestions that they let a flock of camels and dromedaries loose to draw attention to their new show.
- Chicken consumption also on the rise.
Easter is a major time for the consumption of eggs in Sweden. During Holy Week Swedes will consume 64 million eggs, Swedish Radio News reports. Easter is second only to Christmas for retail turnover.
A unique study suggests that Swedish citizens living overseas are happier, on average, than those remaining in Sweden - but most are still interested in moving to Sweden again.