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  • Analysis: Finland and Sweden debate NATO membership

    04/21/2014 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | Editor
    The West’s standoff with Russia over Ukraine is triggering debate over the adequacy of defence spending and cooperation to confront a more assertive Russia across Europe. In Finland and Sweden, an important element in this debate is whether the two countries should join NATO, STRATFOR reported. While the events in Ukraine strengthen the argument for NATO membership, general support for the idea is still lacking in both countries — such a step would represent a big shift from Finland’s and Sweden’s strategy of avoiding too strong a military alignment with the West in order to prevent any conflict with Russia....
  • Ikea Stuffed Wolf Sells Out Amid Hong Kong Fury

    12/11/2013 4:55:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Dec 2013
    Ikea stores in Hong Kong have unexpectedly sold out of a stuffed toy wolf, the Swedish furniture giant announced on Tuesday, after it became the unlikely symbol of opposition to the city's unpopular government. Hundreds of the stuffed toys, called Lufsig, flew off the shelves within hours on Monday and again on Tuesday, days after an anti-government protester threw it at the city's leader Leung Chun-ying during a weekend public meeting. "Lufsig has been sold out at all Ikea stores this morning," a spokeswoman said, adding that there were queues before the store opened. The innocent-looking toy depicts the wolf...
  • IKEA’s 70% UK surcharge: Flatpack giant makes us pay more than most of Europe

    05/25/2013 1:29:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:00 EST, 24 May 2013 | Sean Poulter
    IKEA presents itself as the champion of affordable home furnishings. But it appears that the store’s definition of affordable varies dramatically according to the country it is operating in. British families are being charged about 70 percent more for some items of furniture compared with their counterparts on the Continent. … For example, IKEA’s popular Friheten corner sofa bed costs Ł525 ($796) if bought in its British stores—some 71 percent more than the Ł307 ($461) charged in Poland, and also considerably more than the Ł344 ($522) in Spain and Germany. The sofa is also cheaper in IKEA’s home country of...
  • Even the United Nations says Sweden is on her way to third world status, all thanks to Islam

    04/18/2014 9:05:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/18/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sweden the land of gentle loving people; the land of my great grandparents is rapidly committing national suicide and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. This harsh truth as laid out in a UN report that says Sweden has about fifteen more years before the North African Muslim hordes that are pouring across her borders completely engulf her and pull her down into rough parity with today’s third world crap holes like Libya. The Swedish Left has impaled their own country on a spike called “multiculturalism.” Far from the utopia these fools believed bringing in the poorest...
  • Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    03/05/2014 8:48:03 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    CBS/ReutersMarch 5, 2014, 11:01 AM Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize OSLO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel committee's agenda. A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute's director, Geir Lundestad. Committee members who met on Tuesday added their own proposals with a focus on recent turmoil around the globe. "Part of the purpose of the committee's first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee...
  • Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas

    04/11/2014 5:09:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/11/14 | Pamela Geller
    Like I said on a previous post yesterday regarding similar Islamic insurgencies in Sweden and across Europe, we see a continuing escalation of this low-grade civil war in Europe. What next, walled off city-states? One thing is for certain. Europe is going to explode. But what is paramount and top priority is — the silencing of critics of Islam. That is the obsession of the EU and member states. Sharia compliance. “Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas,” By Dale Hurd, CBN, April 10, 2014
  • Sweden’s Totalitarian Face

    04/11/2014 3:01:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 4/11/2014
    On April 4 2014, in Malmö District Court in Sweden, the provocative artist Dan Park was sentenced to three months in jail for hate speech (“hets mot folkgrupp”) for his works of art. The prosecutor even wanted the artist examined for mental illness, similar to the way Communist dictatorships have treated dissidents. The court did not support this suggestion, however. Park and his defense lawyer have indicated that they will appeal the verdict.Ingrid Carlqvist, the editor of the newspaper Dispatch International, commented that the verdict essentially amounts to a ban on satire in Sweden, at least if the satire involves ideologically protected immigrant...
  • Bestiality Now Illegal in Sweden

    04/10/2014 3:41:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    A new law put into effect on Tuesday completely outlaws sexual intercourse with animals in Sweden. For the last 70 years, the penal code has avoided mention of bestiality, as the laws on animal cruelty were seen as adequate to cover such assault. Previous rules only prohibited sex with animals if it could be proved that the animal suffered mental or physical harm. The move was backed by Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson who has long been behind a push to make bestiality illegal in Sweden. "There should be no doubt whatsoever that bestiality is unacceptable," he said in June....
  • 'Sweden Cares More for Beggars Than Romania'

    04/10/2014 3:09:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 08 Apr 2014
    Sweden's EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson says she is saddened and outraged that secret talks with Romania about the Central European country's poorest citizens have broken down. Hotel head sends open apology to Roma guest (28 Mar 14) Swedish store 'sorry' for dousing beggar (21 Mar 14) Police evict Romanians from Stockholm camp (13 Mar 14) "We have a more empathetic view of these people," Ohlsson told Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Tuesday. "I think that other countries, not least Romania, are surprised by how we see things." The Swedish government had been holding closed-door meetings with their Romanian colleagues for months....
  • Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World

    04/02/2014 4:21:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    CBN News Asia ^ | Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    Soviet Sweden? Model Nation Sliding to Third World By Dale Hurd CBN News Sr. Reporter Wednesday, April 02, 2014 STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- When President Barack Obama visited Sweden last year, he expressed his deep admiration for the Swedish model. But that should make Americans a little nervous. One U.N. report says Sweden will be a third-world nation in about 15 years, below Libya and Bulgaria. Sweden is a society that believes it is racing into the future, but critics warn that it is racing to the bottom. It has been a laboratory for all kinds of social experiments: Swedish leaders...
  • As Russia growls, Swedes, Finns eye defence options, NATO

    04/01/2014 7:04:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 1, 2014 | Alistair Scrutton and Sakari Suoninen
    STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Russian warplanes staged a mock bombing run on Sweden last year, air defences were caught napping. It was the middle of the night and no Swedish planes were scrambled.
  • Fighting dog attacked baby girl in pram ( Sweden )

    03/30/2014 12:58:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Mar 2014
    A 10-month-old baby girl was rushed to hospital after she was attacked and dragged out of her pram by an American staffordshire terrier in northern Sweden. The attack took place in Härnösand when the dog suddenly jumped into the child's pram and bit the infant. After managing to get a hold of the baby the dog then dragged the child down a hill before witnesses intervened.
  • Buddha statue from 6th c found in Viking hoard in Helgo, Sweden

    04/26/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 2,840+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | March/April 2005 | "Worldwide" editor
    This fifth or sixth century A.D. statue of the Buddha from northern India was found in a Viking treasure horde on the Swedish island of Helgö. Globalization is clearly not a recent phenomenon... [F]ew people got around as much as the Vikings. From their Scandinavian coves they visited, raided, traded with and settled in lands from Newfoundland to Baghdad. They conquered Britain, terrorized Ireland and France, settled Iceland, raided Spain and ranged throughout the Mediterranean basin. They established a major presence in Russia, the Ukraine and the Crimea, sending their longboats down the Volga into the Black Sea. They raided...
  • Dhimmitude ... Swedish Art Professor Applauds Apple's Intention To Place Hijab On Emoticon

    03/28/2014 12:00:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Tundar Tabloids ^ | 28/03/2014 | KGS
    The Western institutionalization of sharia norms. A Swedish art professor has applauded Apple’s promise to diversify its emoticon options, including figures wearing religious headgear such as the hijab. “It’s great, we need people with different skin colours among the emojis, and people with different clothes, from the hijab to the kippa,” illustration professor Joanna Rubin Dranger at Stockholm’s Konstfack academy told the TT news wire on Thursday. The website DoSomething.org first let the battle cry sound, asking Apple to take a closer look at its 800 emojis. “The only two resembling people of colour are a guy who looks vaguely...
  • The Planet’s Best Stealth Fighter Isn’t Made in America

    03/24/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 24, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    In 2005, Lockheed Martin labeled the F-35, the stealthy new jet they were building for the Pentagon, as a “fifth-generation” fighter. Ironically, it was a term that they had borrowed from Russia to describe a different stealthy fighter, the F-22. But the term caught on. Some of Lockheed’s rivals tumbled into this rhetorical trap and tried to argue that “fourth-generation” was just as capable—whether it is true or not, making such a case is an uphill struggle. But if “fifth-generation” means more than “the ultimate driving machine,” a sixth generation will emerge. Saab—yes, that Saab—can argue that it has built...
  • Dispute Threatens ThyssenKrupp's Submarine Business

    03/23/2014 9:10:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2014 | GUSTAV SANDSTROM and CHRISTINA ZANDER
    STOCKHOLM—A dispute between the Swedish armed forces and ThyssenKrupp AG TKA.XE +1.39% threatens one of the German industrial giant's most-profitable operations and could shake up the growing global submarine business. The row, which is partly over export possibilities, has prompted Sweden to yank contracts for the next generation of Swedish submarines from ThyssenKrupp, the world's largest exporter of nonnuclear submarines. Sweden has signaled that it instead is considering giving the work to Swedish defense company Saab AB. Currently, Saab doesn't build manned submarines, but it acknowledges it is trying to poach engineers from ThyssenKrupp's submarine unit, which is based around...
  • New approach makes cancer cells explode (and die)

    03/23/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered that a substance called Vacquinol-1 makes cells from glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain tumour, literally explode. When mice were given the substance, which can be given in tablet form, tumour growth was reversed and survival was prolonged. The findings are published in the journal Cell . The established treatments that are available for glioblastoma include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. But even if this treatment is given the average survival is just 15 months. It is therefore critical to find better treatments for malignant brain tumours. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and...
  • Sweden Mulls "Doctrine Shift" in Defense After Russian Incursion in Ukraine

    03/19/2014 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Niclas Rolander
    The continuing crisis in Ukraine has the reputedly peaceful Swedes rethinking the nation's defense doctrine, and some are using the situation as a way to push for NATO membership in the run-up to parliamentary elections. Only a few weeks after announcing cuts to the defense budget, Finance Minister Anders Borg told the TT news agency Wednesday "there is a lot indicating" that more money will have to be allocated to military defense. Much of the political debate leading up to the elections in September has been focused on the need to spend more on education and other domestic policies, so...
  • Swedes tire of tax cuts as welfare state shows strains

    03/18/2014 6:22:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:16am EDT | Daniel Dickson and Alistair Scrutton
    To glimpse Swedish angst under its picture postcard prosperity, look no further than film director Lisa Ohlin, who has enjoyed years of tax cuts in an economy the envy of Europe. Homes in her Stockholm neighborhood cost around $1 million. But this leafy, well-heeled area is a microcosm of Sweden, where eyes are on a struggling school with strained finances, not enough teachers and poor results. Like many Swedes, Ohlin wants her cherished welfare state back. […] Voters like Ohlin are returning to faith in cradle to grave welfare after eight years of center-right Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who cut...
  • Sweden: Parliament Official Orders Bare-Breasted Rainting Removed … for Muslims

    03/16/2014 11:34:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 15, 2014 | Creeping Sharia
    Sweden: Parliament official orders bare-breasted painting removed … for Muslims STOCKHOLM, Sweden, – A painting of a bare-breasted woman has been removed from the Swedish Riksdag’s guest dining room on orders from the legislature’s deputy speaker. Deputy Speaker Susanne Eberstein of the Social Democrat party ordered the painting, “Juno” by baroque artist G.E. Schroder, to be removed from the guest dining room, where it had hung since 1983, TheLocal.se reported Thursday. “We routinely change paintings from time to time,” a Riksdag representative said in response to an inquiry from news agency TT. A parliamentary source who asked to remain anonymous...
  • Obama Sweden Visit Set to Nazi Anthem

    03/12/2014 5:44:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A year-in-review show accidentally used a rendition of the national anthem performed by a Swedish Nazi group to accompany images of US president Barack Obama. Sveriges Television (SVT) chose to put imagery from Obama's historic visit to Stockholm last year to the tune of the Swedish national anthem Du gamla, du fria. The hunt for a "scaled back" version of the song backfired, however, after observers noted the pared-down rendition was recorded by the band Svensk ungdom (Swedish youth). Anti-racism magazine Expo reported that its members have been outspoken Nazis. Ulf Johansson, publisher of SVT's year-in-review program, told the tabloid...
  • Swedish Megachurch Pastor Converts to Catholicism (actual video from Sunday's service)

    03/11/2014 6:42:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | March 10, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Ulf Ekman The pastor of Sweden’s largest non-denominational megachurch shocked Christians in his own community and around the world this weekend, by announcing that he is entering the Roman Catholic Church.* * * * *Several times in the last month, I wrote about bold initiatives in ecumenism, most notably the exchange of greetings and blessings between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor Kenneth Copeland, brokered by Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer. Perhaps I spoke too soon, though—for this latest surprise is just as remarkable in the Christian world, once again pointing toward a quest for unity which would have seemed impossible just...
  • Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

    03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 135 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his...
  • Ulf Ekman Converts to Roman Catholicism

    03/09/2014 7:07:43 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 3/9/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes."“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process were we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his ministry...
  • Sweden stops payouts to ‘anti-gay Uganda’

    03/06/2014 7:47:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The Local (Swedish Edition) ^ | 05 Mar 2014 13:27 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Sweden said Wednesday it would stop development aid payments to Uganda “because of the anti-gay legislation” passed in late February. “The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people,” International Aid Minister Hillevi Engström said. […] Other European nations, namely Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands, announced on the very same day that they would freeze their aid to the Ugandan state or redirect it towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organizations. …
  • Yahweh’s Substance is your makeup "Christ alive" in you, surrender and receive !

    02/03/2014 6:04:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    My substance is your makeup but do not look for it to be anatomical and my atomic number is eternal never wasting away for truly I AM Wonderful in ALL aspects of this one word "ETERNAL". I AM thus an eternal constant and there is no slide rule that can measure my kingdom for I have no beginning or end to measure yet I have storehouses ,does my Word not proclaim this ?! So tell me my children is there really a need to be earthbound when even now you carry this makeup within you ?! Let me allow you...
  • Canada beats Sweden to win hockey gold

    02/23/2014 6:34:04 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | Feb. 23, 2014 | Brandon Hicks
    The Canadian men’s hockey team took gold on the final day of the 2014 Olympics, defeating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday.
  • Sink or swim: Sweden’s new A-26 next-gen submarine in doubt

    02/22/2014 12:03:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 19 February 2014 | Grant Turnbull
    Concerns are growing over the lack of progress on Sweden’s A26 next-generation submarine programme, which is being developed to replace the Swedish Navy’s current Södermanland-class vessels. Despite the purchase of two submarines being approved by Swedish lawmakers in 2010, firm orders have yet to be placed. Kockums submarine Contract negotiations are still ongoing between Swedish shipbuilders Kockums, who will manufacturer the vessel, and Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). Differences between the two parties have significantly slowed contract negotiations, but details of what those differences actually are remain unknown. Both sides are tight-lipped on the whole process. ""The company will be...
  • ABBA singer says group wore outlandish costumes to avoid tax

    02/18/2014 6:51:21 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 59 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 18, 2014 | National Post Staff
    Swedish disco titans ABBA weren’t as fond of sequins as it may have appeared. According to ABBA: The Official Photo Book, released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the group career-making Eurovision victory for Waterloo, the Swedish foursome adopted their outlandish dressing style in order to ensure they could deduct the cost of their costumes under Swedish tax code. According to the book, Swedish laws allowed work wear to be tax deductible so long as it was demonstrably apparel that couldn’t be worn on the street – which, with its garish coloring and liberal use of sparkle, ABBA’s certainly was....
  • State Dept. Creating Arctic Ambassador Post

    02/14/2014 6:56:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    An Alaska senator said the State Department called his office today to say that they would be creating a post for a U.S. ambassador to the Arctic. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act a year ago, pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to make the appointment on economic and national security grounds. Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. “It’s not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how...
  • Have Sweden’s permissive parents given birth to a generation of monsters?

    02/14/2014 9:04:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:13PM GMT 13 Feb 2014 | Judith Woods
    … Sweden was the first country on the planet to introduce a ban on physical punishment in 1979. Thereafter, the view was taken that hierarchy within families ought to be jettisoned in favor of treating children like adults. But while the egalitarian values of social democracy might work for the economy, they have been a disaster on the domestic front. […] … (S)omething is rotten in the state of Sweden. (Psychiatrist David) Eberhard points to growing social problems in school, where Swedish pupils routinely refuse to follow teachers’ instructions, and later on in what he views as their unfulfilled young...
  • Echoes of Clinton in Social Democrats' welfare reform bid

    02/12/2014 10:45:22 AM PST · by managusta · 1 replies
    The Local (Swedish) ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dr. Nima Sanandaji
    In my last column, I discussed the difficulties of distinguishing between right and left in Sweden’s election politics, at least when it comes to the Social Democrats. The example I used is how the party recently promised to cut the scope of the Swedish central government by 10 billion kronor ($1.5 billion). But it doesn’t stop there. The Social Democrats have gone from challenging the scope of government bureaucracy to criticizing over utilization of the social safety net. The Social Democrats in the capital region of Stockholm recently published a "Contract for the future – for the Stockholm region". The...
  • Sweden has 'secret plan' to tip Swiss Gripen vote

    02/12/2014 3:43:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 12 Feb 2014
    Sweden has a secret action plan to influence a referendum in Switzerland on the purchase of 22 new Jas Gripen fighter jets by the Swiss air force, according to Swedish media reports. Military officials, high ranking civil servants in the government, and seven ministers are aware of the plan, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported. Both Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Trade Minister Ewa Björling claim, however, that they are unaware of any such plan. Citing classified documents, the broadcaster claims that both Bildt and Björling, as well as Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, received a letter from the Swedish ambassador in Switzerland,...
  • Analysis: Eric Holder exposes himself in Sweden

    02/11/2014 7:35:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/10/2014 | Neil Munro
    “The fundamental truth [is] that no matter where you live, who you love, or who you are… every human being is, and must be, free and equal in both dignity and [legal] rights,” he told the Swedes. The political goal of equal dignity — just like the socialists’ failed goal of equal wealth — is being used to justify intense federal intrusion in every aspect of Americans’ social lives, such as in the workplace and schoolyards, Facebook pages and sporting events. Holder’s text suggests he opposes the status-distribution norms evolved by Americans, and that he wishes to forcefully redistribute social...
  • Swiss vote to set limits on immigration from EU

    02/09/2014 10:56:34 PM PST · by 867V309 · 22 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Feb 9, 2014 | Alice Baghdjian and Albert Schmieder
    "This is a turning point, a change of system with far- reaching consequences for Switzerland," Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga told journalists in Berne.
  • Holder Hails Sweden as Human Rights 'Champion'

    02/06/2014 9:50:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Feb 2014
    US Attorney General Eric Holder praised Sweden as a "champion of human rights" in a speech at the Riksdag on Tuesday during the first-ever visit to Sweden by the United States' top legal official. 'I'm thankful to be US ambassador to Sweden' (28 Nov 13) 'Obama was genuinely happy to be in Sweden' (05 Sep 13) Live Blog: Barack Obama's visit to Sweden (04 Sep 13) "I have repeatedly seen the significant, positive difference that Swedish engagement brings to the international stage," Holder told the gathered audience of politicians, dignitaries, and representatives from various human rights groups in Sweden. Holder,...
  • 70-year-old Swede kept 557 weapons at home (Sweden)

    02/06/2014 9:05:32 AM PST · by aimhigh · 61 replies
    The Local, Swedish news in English ^ | 02/05/2014 | Oliver Gee
    Police have called upon the military for help and are scratching their heads as to how and why a man in southern Sweden managed to amass an arsenal of hundreds of weapons, 557 of which he had a licence to own. . . . . . . . Fearing an explosion, officers cordoned off the house and called in a bomb squad and the military for help. Closer inspection showed that the homeowner had actually had licences for 557 of the weapons, but questions have been raised as to whether such an extensive collection is nevertheless in breach of Sweden's...
  • Topless Feminists Interrupt Mass in Sweden to Protest Abortion

    02/06/2014 7:15:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | Pat Buckley
    In their latest sacrilegious public demonstration in support of abortion, the extreme neo-fascist feminist organization Femen interrupted evening Mass on January 30 in Stockholm’s Catholic Cathedral. Holy Mass was interrupted by three bare breasted women with messages painted on their breasts reading, ‘my body my choice’, ‘FEMEN’, ‘abortion is sacred’ and ‘never again’. They also held up a banner with the text, ‘Catholic Church out of my body’. femenThe action was obviously planned in advance and they had photographers on hand to record the incident and their disgraceful behaviour. Since posting this Blog post the group has struck once more...
  • DECLARE your Blessings !

    02/05/2014 6:38:28 PM PST · by Jedediah
    My promises are all yours in fullness but you must declare your horizons as Moses, praise me as Daniel and obey me as Ezekiel ( Speak to these bones) then all the scales will fall from your eyes (2 kings 6:17) that my kingdom will reveal itself in fullness and truth for truly it is already here merely waiting for your faith to rise . So rise up oh well for your blessings lay before you as you declare and I and The Father are waiting to meet you at this place " TRUST" for I am your bank of...
  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of ‘Settlements’

    02/01/2014 6:13:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 2/2/2014, 2:26 AM | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. […] The Walla! report comes on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. …
  • European Banks Boycott Israeli Banks Because of 'Settlements'

    02/01/2014 6:57:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 2/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Two of the largest banks in northern Europe have announced they will boycott Israeli banks because they operate in “occupied territories”, the Walla! Hebrew-language news website reported on Saturday. The two banks in question are the Swedish Nordea Bank, which is the largest bank in Scandinavia, and the Norwegian Danske Bank, which is the largest bank in Denmark. Danske Bank, which serves five ​​million customers in Denmark and Northern Europe , publishes on its website a list of companies which are boycotted for legal and ethical reasons. Two weeks ago the list was updated and, according to Walla!, for the...
  • Sweden’s Swing toward a Free Market

    01/30/2014 10:35:27 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 3 replies
    The American ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Michael M. Rosen
    STOCKHOLM — With only about six hours of sunlight in mid-winter, young, tech-savvy Swedes have long sought to liven up their dreary winters with gaming and other inventions — and they’re reviving their stagnant, statist economy too.The emergence of a startup nation has fueled recent Swedish economic growth, as has a spirit of regulatory restraint animating policymakers.Technology companies have led the charge, as digital-friendly cities like Stockholm, Malmo, and Gothenburg have evolved into video-gaming hubs, spawning popular titles like Candy Crush (King), Battlefield (Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, now a division of gaming giant EA), Need for Speed (Ghost Games),...
  • Biz honcho fined for ice cream truck attack

    01/26/2014 12:59:03 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 01-24-2014 | TT/The Local/og
    Businessman Percy Nilsson, 71, was perhaps best known for his ownership of his local Malmö Redhawks ice hockey team, but has lately been making headlines after a power-drill attack on an ice cream truck. On Friday, he was ordered to pay a fine of 100,000 kronor ($15,500) by the Malmö District Court. He was also sentenced to pay for the loss of income that the ice-cream truck owner faced after the vandalism. "It was a really tough sentencing and it's sad that it ended this way," Nilsson told the TT news agency. He lamented that he had already paid for...
  • 'Socialist' Swedes Take to Private Health Insurance

    01/23/2014 6:58:01 AM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    reason ^ | january 22, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    Sweden, a country famous for a welfare state that has actually been trimmed back substantially in recent years, is experiencing a phenomenon unlikely to bring cheer to those Americans who think the answer to Obamacare's problems is more government involvement in medicine. Tired of long waits and inadequate care, Swedes increasingly purchase private health insurance policies to gain access to the care the state can't provide. -snip Why the growth? From The Local: "It's quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks' time rather than having to wait for a year," privately insured Anna Norlander...
  • Swedes buy insurance to skip long health queues

    01/22/2014 10:04:38 AM PST · by managusta · 16 replies
    The Local (Swedish) ^ | 17 Jan 2014 | Staff
    The Nordic model, known for high taxes and its cradle-to-grave welfare system, is getting a radical makeover as nations find themselves cash-strapped. During the post-war period, the Scandinavian economies became famous for a "softer" version of capitalism that placed more importance on social equality than other western nations, such as Britain and the United States, did. Sweden aims to make sure people can see their general practitioner within one week, which the organization said was a modest goal in and of itself. "The target for maximum wait in Sweden to see your primary care doctor (no more than seven days)...
  • Gallerist Threatened with murder by Muslims after Vilks exhibition

    01/19/2014 4:38:04 PM PST · by OddLane · 19 replies
    BlazingCatFur ^ | January 19, 2014 | Frau Catz
    The gallery Rönnquist & Quist, who held the opening of artist Lars Vilks exhibit with his paintings on December 7, states that he has hidden the name of both the apartment door and gate, (which also has access code) on the mailbox. "Yet the Islamists found me anyway," says gallery owner to Exponerat. This they did probably through the apartment number on the door, which as shown at left was sprayed with the word “Allah” [in Arabic]. The gallerist also told Exponerat that he first became very scared, frightened and sad and distressed when he works only to survive. “But...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • Don’t Try This at Home: Swedish Hunter Opens Beer With a Shotgun

    01/15/2014 10:37:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 1/15
    A Swedish hunter has provided new insight into how to open a bottle of beer – by shooting its cap off with a shotgun. Carlsberg-loving Anders Rodenberg uploaded a video to YouTube showing him perform the dangerous stunt. ‘Real men drink beer,’ he says in the clip, before holding the bottle of Carlsberg at arms-length and firing the shotgun, blowing off the lid. Video: Man uses a shotgun to open his bottle of beer If Carlsberg made hunters: Anders Rodenberg uses shotgun to open his beer (Picture: YouTube/Anders Rodenberg) He then holds the undamaged glass bottle to the camera adding,...
  • Princess Madeleine to Deliver Baby in the US

    01/13/2014 4:25:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jan 2014
    Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O'Neil have decided that their child will be born in the US, the Swedish Royal Court has announced. Madeleine reveals royal baby's gender: report (30 Oct 13) Pregnant Princess to attend Nobel alone (19 Oct 13) Royal baby on the way for Swedish princess (03 Sep 13) "After careful consideration and in consultation with the King and Queen, Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O'Neill have decided that their child will be born in New York," Svante Lindqvist at the Royal Court wrote in a statement. The baby, set to become fifth in line to...
  • What a small, brave company could accomplish

    01/11/2014 11:38:58 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 22 replies
    2014-11-01 | WesternCulture
    Scandinavian Koenigsegg, one of Europe's most anonymous car manufacturers, holds an extreme amount of world records in the domain of car performance. Volkswagen and other large, incompetent, multinationals have tried to compete, but have often accomplished nothing else than making complete fools of themselves. The clip features a top model BMW versus a Koenigsegg. Feel free to try and wrestle Vikings, we'll send you to sleep and back home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zin6TwtmiU