Sweden

    • Swedish citizen found guilty of spying for Russia

      Swedish citizen found guilty of spying for Russia

      A Swedish court on Wednesday sentenced a 47-year-old man to three years in prison for spying for Russia, which involved selling secret information from truckmaker Scania, news wires reported. The court found the man guilty of acquiring and selling the secret information from the truckmaker to a Russian embassy official.

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    • Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden to lift most remaining pandemic restrictions on 29 September

      Sweden will push ahead with easing Covid-19 restrictions at the end of this month, removing most curbs and limits on public venues such as restaurants, theatres and stadiums, the government announced on Tuesday, Reuters reported. With most adults vaccinated, Sweden has gradually eased some restrictions during a summer lull in the pandemic. While it has seen infections mount in recent weeks amid the rapid spread of the more contagious Delta variant, deaths from the disease have remained low.

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    • Sweden arrests 2 women suspected of war crimes in Syria

      Sweden arrests 2 women suspected of war crimes in Syria

      Swedish authorities arrested two women from Sweden suspected of committing war crimes in Syria, the prosecutors office and local media said Tuesday, the first such arrests in the Scandinavian country, AP reported. According to a statement from the prosecutor’s office, three women from the territories once controlled by the Islamic State group arrived on Monday at the Stockholm airport.

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    • Sweden’s PM to step down in November

      Sweden’s PM to step down in November

      Sweden's PM Stefan Lofven said he would resign later this year ahead of general elections in September 2022, news wires reported. "I have informed the party's executive committee and the nomination committee's chairman that I want to leave the role as party leader at the party congress in November and thereafter also retire as PM," Lofven said in an annual summer speech.

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    • Sweden aims at tackling gang violence

      Sweden aims at tackling gang violence

      Sweden plans to give police greater powers to access data from mobile phones as it bids to rein in a surge in gang-related violence plaguing its cities, the government said on Wednesday cited by news wires. There have been 25 deaths and 180 shooting incidents already this year, according to police figures.

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    • Rise in violence in Sweden, at least 3 wounded in a shooting

      Rise in violence in Sweden, at least 3 wounded in a shooting

      At least three people have been wounded in a shooting in the southern Swedish city of Kristianstad on Tuesday, AP reported. No suspects have been detained yet according to Swedish media. Police said it received an alert Tuesday afternoon that several loud bangs were heard in one of the districts of the city. Police soon arrived at the scene with several patrols.

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    • Sweden’s new migration law comes into force

      Sweden’s new migration law comes into force

      Sweden's new migration legislation comes into effect on 20 July, replacing temporary legislation introduced five years ago to bring down the unprecedented number of asylum requests at the time, news wires reported. The bill, which was put forward by the government in late April, was approved by the parliament in June.

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    • Sweden: New-old government presented

      Sweden: New-old government presented

      Sweden's caretaker PM Stefan Lofven unveiled on Friday a two-party, minority coalition government just two days after garnering support in parliament, news wires reported. The new centre-left government, selected among his own Social Democrats and the Greens, is identical with the one voted out last month in a no-confidence vote.

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    • EC approved the deal for Bankgirot and P27 NPP

      EC approved the deal for Bankgirot and P27 NPP

      The European Commission announced it had approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Bankgirot, through a newly-created joint venture, P27 NPP by six Nordic banks. The six banks are Danske Bank of Denmark, Svenska Handelsbanken, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, and Swedbank, all three of Sweden, and Nordea Bank and OP Corporate Bank plc, both of Finland.

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    • Sweden's Lofven returns as PM

      Sweden's Lofven returns as PM

      Swedish Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven was narrowly re-elected as PM on Wednesday, ending weeks of political turmoil since his resignation last month, news wires reported. He avoided rejection by two votes in the 349-seat parliament, with one parliamentarian breaking party ranks to support him.

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