Vivienne Westwood caged in London to protest Assange extradition trial | AFP

British designer Vivienne Westwood, 79, sits in a giant bird cage outside London’s Old Bailey court to protest the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange is currently in the high security Belmarsh prison in south London as he fights an extradition request by the United States. He took refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid separate legal proceedings in Sweden, but was dragged out of the building by British police last year.

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Vivienne Westwood caged in London to protest Assange extradition trial | AFP

British designer Vivienne Westwood, 79, sits in a giant bird cage outside London’s Old Bailey court to protest the extradition trial of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange is currently in the high security Belmarsh prison in south London as he fights an extradition request by the United States. He took refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid separate legal proceedings in Sweden, but was dragged out of the building by British police last year.

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EU summit: arrivals of the leaders of the “frugal” countries and those of Italy and Spain | AFP

Arrival of the leaders of the “frugal” countries (Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Finland) as well as Italy and Spain, two states heavily affected by the pandemic.

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France, Sweden talk EU recovery ahead of summit | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Elysée Palace, to discuss the EU’s €750 billion recovery plan ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday and Saturday.

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Spanish PM Sanchez meets Sweden’s Lofven ahead of EU summit | AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez meets his Swedish counterpart, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, at his residence in Harpsund. IMAGES

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Swedish PM murder remains a mystery | AFP

Chief Prosecutor Krister Petersson tells a press conference that the main suspect in the 1986 unsolved murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is Stig Enstrom, a Swedish man who died in 2000 known as ‘Skandia Man’. Because the suspect is dead, the investigation will now be closed, Petersson says. Olof Palme, a charismatic yet divisive Social Democrat prime minister, was shot dead outside a cinema in Stockholm in February 1986, in a crime which rocked Sweden’s usually peaceful and open society.

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Police use pepper spray at Black Lives Matter protesters in Sweden | AFP

Swedish police use pepper spray to push back some protesters near the royal palace in central Stockholm after thousands of people attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the capital. Demonstrators gathered in the city centre in the early evening, chanting in memory of George Floyd and against racism, with many marching through streets before dispersing on their own.

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Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt | AFP

With milder winters in Sweden, members of the country’s indigenous Sami community who herd reindeer say that changing weather patterns are forcing them to travel further and spend more money searching for food to stop their animals from starving. Unseasonably high temperatures cause the snow to thaw and freeze again when the cold returns, building up thicker layers of ice that prevent reindeer from digging down through the snow to the lichen that sustains them throughout the winter months.

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Should The US Follow Sweden’s Path To “Herd Immunity”?

Sweden gained global attention for taking a more relaxed approach to fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus. Its bars, restaurants, and gyms remained open in order to keep life as normal as possible. However, its death rate has been higher than many of its neighbors that employed lowdown measures. The US became a global hotspot for the pandemic despite using lockdowns. The unemployment rate is at the highest level since the Great Depression and many wonder if the US should have followed Sweden’s lead instead.

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Sweden Is Ushering in a New Digital Future

Walk through Sweden’s bustling capital and you’ll find abandoned cash machines, card-only parking meters and market vendors who only accept mobile payments. “Ninety-seven percent of the transactions are done without bills,” Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development told VICE News.

Known globally for its welfare system, the Scandinavian country of 10 million has been embracing new technologies for decades – from tax subsidies for home computers in the 90’s, to mobile technology infrastructure. The country is nearing complete digitization of both public and private sectors, and has now its sight set on artificial intelligence all with the goal of making life more convenient, efficient and equitable for its citizens.

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Man tattoos face of Sweden state epidemiologist on arm | AFP

A 32-year-old man gets a tattoo of Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist and the public face of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on his upper arm in a tattoo studio in Stockholm’s Sodermalm neighbourhood, after seeing the design made by the studio’s co-owner on social media.

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An Entire Swedish Town Is Moving Because the Ground Is Caving In

Sweden’s northernmost town was founded by miners in 1900. Today it’s home to the largest underground iron ore mine in the world.

Only now the mine that built Kiruna threatens to destroy it. Cracks are reaching up towards the town center, caused by the continued expansion of excavation.

That’s why the state-run company that controls the mine, LKAB is helping pull off an audacious plan: to move a third of the town 2 miles to the east.

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Coronavirus deaths in Sweden pass 1,000: health agency | AFP

Sweden’s State epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, says that more than 1,000 people have now had died from the novel coronavirus, while the number of confirmed cases passes 11,000. Sweden’s Public Health Agency said it had recorded a total of 11,445 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,033 deaths. It cautioned that the true number of deaths might be higher as not all deaths had yet been reported over the four-day Easter weekend. SOUNDBITE from Anders Tegnell, State epidemiologist, Sweden’s public health authority

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Swedish cabin crew, hotel staff retrained to help medical personnel | AFP

Furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the death toll nears 900 in the Scandinavian country.

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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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