November is typically the greyest most depressing month of the year in Sweden, but this year, it is even worse than usual!
- Karlstad had 7 hours of sunlight upto 13th November.
- Area known for earthquakes.
The earth moved for people in the Skaraborg area of western Sweden this morning. A minor earthquake of 2.1 magnitude rattled window frames at 7.38am near Skövde.
- No longer seaworthy.
Sweden is a nation of boat lovers but the potential costs of scrapping the tens of thousands of old ships now past their sell-by-dates means many are being dumped on land or at sea.
- Annual auction.
Sweden's annual lobster premiere, which sees the first catch of the season sold at auction, saw the crustacean fetch SEK 83,000 per kilogram at Gothenburg's fish market this morning.
- Hot weather.
Twenty-one people lost their lives in drowning accidents in May. The number of deaths by drowning is the highest in 15 years, according to statistics from the Swedish Lifesaving Society (SLS).
- Woodlands in 3D.
A laser-scan of all the forests in Sweden is about to be made, a process that will take seven years, and will result in data points that can be used to make detailed maps.
- Ban on campfires.
It's only mid-May but the mini heatwave has left large areas of Sweden bone-dry, leading to firefighters issuing a ban on public fires in several areas.
- Season opening.
One sure sign of spring is that the amusement parks start up for the summer season. This year, Gröna Lund in Stockholm celebrates its 135th anniversary with a love story from its past.
- 1 av 3penis3 av 3Artistic work.
A four-storey high artistic mural of a blue erect penis in Stockholm was vandalised at the weekend. The giant penis is to be painted over this week following complaints from offended locals.
- No outside play today.
A Siberian cold front has brought Sweden unusually cold temperatures for late February. It was -42C when Kristina Lindqvist left home for her job at the Björken kindergarten in Västerbotten this morning.
Three people have been found dead outdoors in Västernorrland, which was hit by a snowstorm on Thursday.
- 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.