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sweden's favourite christmas spirit gets an indian twist

sweden's favourite christmas spirit: mulled wine. photo: vilhelm stokstad/tt sweden's most famous mulled wine has presented its 2017 christmas edition, and this year it comes with a taste of india. one drink in particular keeps swedes warm in winter: mulled wine, or glögg. and the most popular bottle in swedish homes is blossa, thanks to clever marketing and the most irritating commercial jingle of all time. its special edition bottles, presented with a new design and flavour every year since 2003, have even become collectors' items with previous themes ranging from lingon, saffron and winter apple to 'france' and 'england'. this year, blossa takes its inspiration from famous spice market khari baoli in dehli, india....




passengers 'lucky' to escape injury after bus is shot at in malmö

file photo of a police cordon. photo: johan nilsson/tt passengers were "lucky" to escape without injuries after a bus with several people on board was shot at in malmö. the back window of the bus was broken while driving through the arlöv area on thursday evening, and police are working on the theory that the shots were fired by a real weapon, not an airgun. police are looking for one or several culprits. "five to ten people were sitting on the bus plus the diver. it's pure luck that nobody was hu...




tom hanks to star in remake of swedish best-seller 'a man called ove'

rolf lassgård as ove in the swedish movie. photo: björn larsson rosvall/tt tom hanks is set to star in the us adaptation of swedish movie 'a man called ove', about saab-driving curmudgeon ove who has his heart opened by his new iranian neighbour. hanks is also set to produce the movie together with his playtone production banner partner gary goetzman, hanks' wife rita wilson and fredrik wikström nicastro, the executive producer of the swedish movie version of author fredrik backman's best-selling novel ('en man som heter ove'). "rita wilson had seen the movie. she told her husband that 'you absolutely have to see this one'. when he did he fell in love with the idea of playing ove," wikström nicastro told the aftonbladet...




three ex-telia bosses charged with bribery in uzbekistan probe

prosecutor gunnar stetler. photo: anders wiklund/tt three former bosses of telia have been charged in sweden with serious bribery in connection with the telecom giant's controversial business activities in uzbekistan. telia agreed on thursday to pay fines of nearly $1 billion to settle a bribery case brought by us, swedish and dutch authorities over accusations of illicit payouts to uzbek officials. on friday a swedish prosecutor charged former ceo lars nyberg, the company's former deputy ceo and head of eurasia tero kivisaari and a third, still unnamed, senior employee with serious bribery offences. all three deny the charges. the developments come a day after us attorney joon kim said in a statement that stockholm-based...




tom hanks to star in remake of swedish best-seller 'a man called ove'

rolf lassgård as ove in the swedish movie. photo: björn larsson rosvall/tt tom hanks is set to star in the us adaptation of swedish movie 'a man called ove', about saab-driving curmudgeon ove who has his heart opened by his new iranian neighbour. hanks is also set to produce the movie together with his playtone production banner partner gary goetzman, hanks' wife rita wilson and fredrik wikström nicastro, the executive producer of the swedish movie version of author fredrik backman's best-selling novel ('en man som heter ove'). "rita wilson had seen the movie. she told her husband that 'you absolutely have to see this one'. when he did he fell in love with the idea of playing ove," wikström nicastro told the aftonbladet...




missing bookseller gui minhai's daughter vows to keep fighting for her dad

angela gui. photo: anders ahlgren/svd/tt the daughter of hong kong-based bookseller gui minhai, a swedish national, has said she will not give up her fight for his release from chinese custody. gui minhai disappeared on october 17th, 2015, one of five hong kong booksellers known for publishing gossipy titles about chinese political leaders to go missing. for the first 18 months, angela gui barely slept. but the 23-year-old student has turned her campaign to release him into a kind of job, which she says is helping her to cope. "my dad… wouldn't just be quiet if his own daugher ended up in that situation," angela told afp by phone from england, where she is about to start a phd at cambridge university. "i thought: 'well,...




fewer rape investigations are being solved in sweden, new stats suggest

file photo of a swedish police car. photo: johan nilsson/tt fewer rapes have been solved in sweden so far in 2017 than by the same stage a year before, new figures from the country's national council on crime prevention (brå) suggest. brå's preliminary figures for the first six months of 2017 show that only eight percent of rapes investigated by police this year have been solved (mening 302 have been solved), down from 12 percent at the same stage a year before, when 354 were solved. police say they want to do more, but complain that limited resources are hampering their cause. according to brå's researcher on sex crimes, there are also a number of other factors that can influence the change. "eight percent is quite low,...




recipe: duck breast with lingonberry sauce

duck with lingonberry sauce and swedish mashed potatoes. photo: john duxbury/swedish food it is lingonberry season! food writer john duxbury pairs duck with this swedish cuisine essential. lingonberries, also known as cowberries or foxberries, ripen in august and september and are picked all over sweden to accompany many traditional swedish dishes, such as meatballs (köttbullar), stuffed cabbage rolls (kåldolmar), and potato pancakes (raggmunk). and although duck is not traditionally swedish, it does not mean you can’t make a delicious swedish dish out of it!summary serves: 4 level of difficulty: moderate preparation time: 10 minutes cooking time: 25 minutes total: 35 minutestips - duck can be very fatty ...




swedish telecom firm telia to settle bribery case involving billions in payments to uzbek official

file photo of a telia building in stockholm. photo: erik simander/tt swedish telecom firm telia will pay fines of nearly $1 billion to settle a bribery case brought by us, swedish and dutch authorities, the us justice department announced on thursday. stockholm-based telia company ab, whose securities traded in new york, "corruptly built a lucrative telecommunications business in uzbekistan, using bribe payments wired around the world through accounts here in new york city," acting us attorney joon kim said in a statement. telia and its uzbek subsidiary, coscom llc, "have admitted to paying, over many years, more than $331 million in bribes to an uzbek government official". as part of the multinational case, us authori...




passengers 'lucky' to escape injury after bus is shot at in malmö

file photo of a police cordon. photo: johan nilsson/tt passengers were "lucky" to escape without injuries after a bus with several people on board was shot at in malmö. the back window of the bus was broken while driving through the arlöv area on thursday evening, and police are working on the theory that the shots were fired by a real weapon, not an airgun. police are looking for one or several culprits. "five to ten people were sitting on the bus plus the diver. it's pure...




'most wanted' fugitive sought by sweden arrested in austria

file photo not related to the story. photo: fredrik sandberg/tt a 39-year-old man who was on the run from swedish authorities has been arrested in vienna, europol has announced. the man, who is a somali national, was arrested in austria on september 19th. he was previously charged in sweden for the attempted murder of his wife, but has been on the run since 2016 and featured on the "europe's most wanted" list run by the european network of fugitive active search teams (enfast) and...




danish family smuggled 69 dogs, 10 horses and 4 goats to sweden

file photo of goats not related to the story. photo: jurek holzer/svd/tt a danish family of four have been found guilty of smuggling after they moved from denmark to sweden and brought their 83 animals without the proper paperwork. it all started when the family moved from denmark to sweden in 2014, to rent a farm. the father, the only one of the four with a driving licence, made several round trips to sweden to transport the family's belongings and their animals to their new home, while the rest of the family made the journey by train. but the animals were never reported to swedish customs agency and the majority of them lacked the necessary documents such as passports and recent veterinar...




meps urge spain to release swedish-turkish writer hamza yalcin

swedish-turkish writer hamza yalcin. photo: private nine swedish members of the european parliament have written to spain's prime minister and justice minister, demanding the release of swedish-turkish journalist hamza yalcin. the letter is signed by swedish meps max andersson and bodil valero of the green party; malin björk of the left party; fredrick federley of the centre party; anna hedh, olle ludvigsson, jens nilsson and marita ulvskog of the social democrats; and soraya post of feminist initiative. it calls on spain to release yalcin, who is being held on turkey's orders. "the only crime mr yalcin is guilty of is criticizing mr erdogan," they write. yalcin, who has lived in sweden since 1984 and has dual swedish-t...




sweden's foreign minister wallström awarded un prize for gender equality work

file photo of margot wallström. photo: stina stjernkvist/tt sweden’s foreign minister margot wallström has been awarded a prize by a united nations agency for her work on gender equality. the agent of change award, which is issued by united nations entity un women, was given to wallström in new york where the un general assembly is currently taking place. "your leadership in promoting equality between the sexes and women’s rights through a feminist foreign policy is a source of inspirati...




human rights group appeals move to introduce sweden's first begging ban

vellinge municipal board leader carina wutzler argues a ban on begging is needed in the town. photo: johan nilsson/tt a human rights organization has launched an appeal against a potential begging ban that moved one step closer to becoming the first of its kind in sweden after a municipal council gave its approval. in august, the municipal board in vellinge, southern sweden, voted in favour of bringing in a ban on begging that would make the town the first in sweden to do so. on wednesday it was approved by the next body in the chain of command, the municipal council. the proposal would mean a ban on begging at several squares and public places in the municipality from january 2018. it will first have to be approved by the skå...




summer heat to return to sweden sooner than you think

this was stockholm on june 15th. photo: fredrik sandberg/tt after what seemed like a miserably cold and damp summer, it looks like sweden is about to get a last chance to enjoy some sunshine before the winter season moves in. according to national weather agency smhi, the autumn season has crept as far south as central sweden (it's officially autumn when temperatures stay below 10c for five days). you can track its progress here. but this coming weekend the mercury could climb to 20c in parts of the country. "it is possible the clouds will clear in south-eastern sweden, and if it is sunny the temperatures on the baltic sea coast could rise to 20c," read smhi's sunday forecast on thursday morning. "a...




swedish security police investigate terror threat in stockholm

file photo of stockholm. photo: janerik henriksson/tt sweden's security police are investigating a terror threat made against stockholm. the security police, säpo, confirmed they are investigating a threatening message, but denied reports in tabloid aftonbladet that they have formally stepped up their level of preparedness ('stabsläge'). "we have an intensive flow of intelligence and receive threats similar to this one every other day or so," säpo's head of communications nina odermalm schei told newswire tt. "the difference in this case is that the threat is being spread on social media. our job is then to find out what there is to it," she added.aftonbladet reports that the threat is aimed at central parts of sto...




meet the swede who went undercover for a whole year with the alt-right in the us and uk

patrik hermansson also attended a violent alt-right rally in charlottesville, virginia. photo: ap photo/steve helber swedish student patrik hermansson, 25, talks to the local about what he learned when he went undercover for a year with the international alt-right movement. hermansson spent a whole year with far-right extremist groups in the uk and us on behalf of anti-racism organization hope not hate. pretending to be a swedish student writing about the suppression of right-wing speech in sweden, he met and spoke with alt-right members, while wearing a hidden camera. he recorded one founding member claiming he had links all the way to the donald trump white house administration. his work forms part of a new report 'the interna...




how to get swedish citizenship or stay permanently in sweden

a swedish citizenship ceremony at stockholm's city hall. photo: lars pedersen /tt like sweden so much you want to stay forever – or even become a swede? the process can seem daunting, so in an effort to help, the local has summarized what you need to know about getting swedish citizenship or the right to stay in sweden permanently. if you're an eu citizen who is studying, has a job or the means to support yourself, you automatically have the right of residence in sweden, but if you don’t fit that category (or if your country is about to leave the european union…) then you may find it necessary to obtain permanent residence or citizenship. those processes can appear complicated, but here are some key points that should make...




swedish pm löfven hits out at gothenburg neo-nazi march

swedish prime minister stefan löfven. photo: tina magnergård bjers/tt sweden's prime minister stefan löfven has criticized a neo-nazi march through gothenburg, saying it is time to think about how to counteract extremist forces in the country. "i feel so genuinely bad about this, we are passing a boundary of decentness. now one of these extremist organizations – as i understand it – are choosing to test the police's limits, going out and marching without a permit," löfven commented on the weekend's demonstration, where around 50 people walked through sweden’s second city waving nordic resistance movement (nordiska motståndsrörelsen, nmr) flags. police were criticized for not intervening despite the march lacking an...