Coronavirus: Stockholm remains busy with people walking around as per usual | AFP

While other capital cities around Europe are deserted, Stockholm remains busy with people walking around as per usual. Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen elsewhere in Europe to stem the spread of the virus, instead calling for citizens to take responsibility to follow social distancing guidelines. IMAGES

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Spin me round: Taiwan holds wheelchair dance competition | AFP

There may be fewer spectators due to coronavirus fears, but that isn’t stopping competitors from dazzling performances at a wheelchair dancing competition in Taiwan. The sport has been gaining popularity among those with lower limb disabilities. Sweden first developed wheelchair dancing as a recreational and rehabilitation sport in 1968, and hosted its first international competition nine years later.

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Sweden says summons Chinese ambassador over jailing of Swedish book publisher | AFP

Sweden’s foreign ministry is summoning the Chinese ambassador after Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was jailed in China for 10 years on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad. “We have been seeking confirmation from Chinese authorities and in this regard the state secretary here at the ministry of foreign affairs summoned the Chinese ambassador where we reiterated our demands that Gui Minhai be released,” spokesman Johan Ndisi told AFP. SOUNDBITE

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Tourists brave sub-zero temperatures for a night at Sweden’s ice hotel | AFP

Nearly 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, dozens of tourists come to visit an ice hotel, posing for photos next to frozen pillars and beds made from ice from a nearby river.

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Tourists try reindeer racing in Sweden’s Jokkmokk | AFP

Tourists in northern Sweden try sled racing with reindeer at the annual market in the town of Jokkmokk, attended by members of the Sami community and visitors from around the world.

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Sweden holds memorial for victims of Iran plane crash | AFP

Members of Sweden’s government and royal family attend a memorial service for victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran after being hit by an Iranian missile. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737, which had been bound for Kiev, slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran last Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, including 17 Swedish residents. IMAGES of the beginning of the service

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue vandalised in hometown | AFP

The statue of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue in his hometown of Malmo, Sweden was vandalised overnight Saturday, with vandals cutting the feet off. The statue has been the target of numerous attacks since the Swedish footballer invested in Stockholm-based Hammarby, angering supporters of Malmo FF, the club where he began his professional career.

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In Sweden, the 1999 pension reform has a mixed record | AFP

In Sweden, the pension reform that came into effect in 1999 has a mixed record with some winners, but most pensioners feel that they are having a difficult end of the month and are concerned about a rising retirement age.

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Global warming threatening reindeer herding

Global warming is threatening reindeer herding in Sweden’s arctic region as unusual weather patterns jeopardize the migrating animals’ grazing grounds. (Dec. 10)

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Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape probe | AFP

Sweden’s prosecution authority says it had dropped its investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, despite prosecutors finding the plaintiff’s claim “credible”.

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Greta Thunberg bound for Europe as new adventures await | AFP

The 16-year-old Swede, who became world famous for founding the “school strikes for the climate,” sets sail after 11 hectic weeks of criss-crossing the US and Canada, making headlines at every turn. Greta plans to attend the COP 25 climate summit in Madrid, which starts in just under three weeks, before heading home to Sweden. IMAGES

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Georgia far-right groups protest at gay film premiere | AFP

Far-right groups in Georgia protest as an Oscar-nominated Swedish-Georgian gay film premieres in the capital with a heavy police presence. Set in Georgia, “And Then We Danced”, Sweden’s official Oscar submission in the best international feature film category, is a love story about two male dancers in Georgia’s national ballet company. The drama has won worldwide critical acclaim but was denounced by the Caucasus country’s influential Orthodox Church as an “affront to the traditional Georgian values”. IMAGES

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Cars arrive at venue where US-North Korea talks are expected to take place | AFP

Cars arrive at supposed venue where North Korean and US officials are to resume nuclear talks in Sweden after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile. North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil and the special envoy of US President Donald Trump, Stephen Biegun, are part of the teams set to meet on an island near Stockholm. The first cars with tinted windows – presumed to be here for the talks – started arriving just after 9:00 am (0700 GMT). IMAGES

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North Korean negotiators arrive in Sweden ahead of nuclear talks with US | AFP

A team of North Korean negotiators arrive in Sweden ahead of the resumption of stalled nuclear talks with the United States. President Donald Trump said Thursday the United States remained committed to resuming nuclear talks with North Korea despite Pyongyang’s latest weapons test. IMAGES

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Swedish Queen pushes for children’s rights at UN

Queen Silvia of Sweden is speaking out about the growth of child sex abuse, exploitation and pornography on the internet — and the failure of many governments and tech companies to stop it.

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Making Nordic wine: a world away from French chateaux | AFP

Despite the climate, winemaking is growing in northern Europe thanks to the commitment of enthusiasts and the use of hybrid grape varieties. In Sweden, only 100 hectares are devoted to vineyards, compared with 750,000 in France. There can be economic challenges too: according to the Swedish Federation of Farmers, the average income of a farm in 2016 was 600,000 SEK (56,000 euros).

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Exhibition showcases the world’s most disgusting dishes | AFP

From bull’s testicles to wine flavoured with mice, some of the world’s most unusual dishes are on display in the “Disgusting Food Museum” currently visiting Nantes as part of “Les Tables de Nantes” festival. Created in Sweden a year ago, the exhibition explores the links between our cultural and dietary habits.

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‘Goat yoga’ trend reaches Sweden | AFP

In Sweden, a class now offers residents of the capital Stockholm the chance to take part in ‘goat yoga,’ practising their positions in a park as the animals wander around them and relax at their feet. The class was set up by Malin Tyren Bakken, who first heard about goat yoga when visiting family in New York, and started the classes in summer 2018 in Lidingo in Stockholm, where she keeps several dozen goats. Up to 20 or so people attend the classes, which take place in a paddock and will continue during the winter.

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Athletes take on challenging Otillo Swimrun in Stockholm Archipelago | AFP

Nearly 320 athletes in 160 teams of two people took part in a 75-kilometre race, swimming and running between the islands in Sweden’s Stockholm archipelago in the Otillo swim run.

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This 14-Year-Old Climate Activist Is Giving Up School to Save the World

Alexandria Villaseñor is standing in front of the U.S. Capitol and posting Instagram stories like any other teenager.

“Is there any good music that goes with climate action?” the 14-year-old asks a group of activists.

A couple of suggestions later, a song that’s more than twice her age blasts from her phone speakers on abbreviated loop: “It’s the end of the world as we know it… It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

And Alexandria doesn’t feel fine. Over the next few hours, she’ll have meetings with both of New York’s senators to ask them to do what they can to ensure her generation doesn’t experience the actual end of the world because of climate change.

“I notice a lot of politicians are looking at what is politically possible,” she told VICE News in an interview. “But I did think with some politicians I talk to that we’re on the same page on how urgent this is.”

Around the globe, young people like Alexandria see the climate crisis as the existential threat to their generation. They’ve skipped school in more than 130 countries to demand policy changes, following the lead of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old from Sweden who is currently sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the United Nations climate talks in September.

As one of the movement’s American organizers, Alexandria has also become a prominent young critic of world leaders’ inaction. Even though nearly 200 countries pledged in the Paris Agreement to keep global temperatures from hitting catastrophic levels, laws and norms aren’t changing quickly enough, and global greenhouse gas emissions are still going up.

When her classmates go back to middle school this fall, Alexandria won’t be joining them. Instead, she’ll take on eighth grade via independent study so that she can lead her global youth network, Earth Uprising, and continue her activism at full blast.

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