Scuba volunteers dive for trash in Stockholm’s waters | AFP

A small number of scuba volunteers dive into the waters in central Stockholm, searching for waste items to retrieve to clean up the city’s waterways. Organized by Fredrik Johansson two years ago, volunteer divers and assistants on shore from Rena Malaren — ‘Clean Malaren’ — scour the floor of the Swedish capital’s waterways, retrieving discarded boat batteries, bicycles, scooters, trolleys and other waste in a bid to improve the maritime environment.

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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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‘Table for one’: Swedish restaurant serves just one guest | AFP

No waiters, no other diners and no queues, is this the restaurant of the future? A Swedish couple have opened a restaurant that serves one diner in an empty field, with the meal arriving to the table by zipline. Aptly named “Bord for en”, or “Table for One”, the unique al fresco eatery allows patrons to “let their worries go”, long enough to enjoy a meal.

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Swedish inventor creates ‘corona hat’ to sound alarm when others approach too close | AFP

Swedish artist and inventor Hakan Lidbo demonstrates his “corona hat,” a helmet he made in this garage that sounds a loud alarm whenever anything comes within 1.5 meters of the wearer to remind them to keep distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Stockholm guide offers COVID-weary Swedes a tour of pandemics past | AFP

With tourists confined at home and Stockholmers staying away from crowds, one Swedish tour guide is trying to boost his flagging business by offering coronavirus-weary Swedes tours of the city’s previous pandemics, from the black death to cholera outbreaks, walking through the area’s narrow streets and pointing out historical sites related to those pandemics.

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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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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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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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Greta Thunberg attends climate strike in Stockholm | AFP

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a strike for the climate event in central Stockholm, addressing young residents of the capital who came to see her speak.

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Will Ferrell’s exploration of truth and masculity

At the New York premiere of dramedy “Downhill,” stars Will Farrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus discuss the themes of the film – an adaptation of Swedish film “Force Majeure,” in which a father abandons his family as an avalanche hits their chalet. (Feb. 13)

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Brexit: Europe on the menu at British pub in Paris | AFP

With mere hours to go until Britain splits from the European Union, the Bombardier pub in Paris is serving up European dishes like Hungarian Goulash and Swedish meatballs in honour of the continent, one final ‘adieu’ before Brexit.

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Greta Thunberg says climate demands ‘completely ignored’ at Davos | AFP

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks alongside other young activists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She says their climate demands have been “completely ignored” coming into the Davos Forum. SOUNDBITE

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Trump rejects environmental ‘prophets of doom’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump lashes out at the “perennial prophets of doom” who warn that the world is in the throes of a major environmental crisis, as he addresses an audience in Davos including Swedish teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg. SOUNDBITE

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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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Koenigsegg, a supercar challenging Swedish sterotypes | AFP

For a quarter century, Koenigsegg has been making supercars for a niche market typically reserved for Italian luxury brands, while challenging perceptions of Swedish modesty.

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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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Bolsonaro mocks Macron over fires in Australia | AFP

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro mocks his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in his first video address of the year.

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FILE: Greta Thunberg, the world’s youthful climate conscience | AFP

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who became the voice of a generation facing the climate change emergency, is named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

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The carbon cycle | AFP Animé

Videographic looking at CO2. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday accused wealthier nations of inventing ways to avoid slashing their greenhouse gas emissions, branding their climate action “misleading” at a summit in Madrid.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Handke faces protests at Nobel Prize ceremony | AFP

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in central Stockholm to protest the award of the Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke as the author collected his award in the Swedish capital. Handke faced protests and boycotts over his backing of Serbia during the wars in ex-Yugoslavia.

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Thunberg urges action at COP25 summit

Greta Thunberg arrived in Lisbon, Portugal on her way to the upcoming COP25 UN climate change conference in Madrid, Spain. The Swedish teen said she plans to keep pressing political leaders to make climate change their top priority. (Dec. 4)

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