Mar 15, 2014

Backstrom will get Olympic silver

Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal even though he was suspended from the final in Sochi after a positive drug test. The IOC ruled Friday that Backstrom had not intended to enhance his performance, laying the blame for his ...

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Mar 2, 2014

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Farmers and hunters in Sweden are crying foul over a wolf-hunt ban, which they say threatens their way of life and may lead to civil disobedience. “I think we could live with some wolves, but not as many as there are now. They’re getting ...

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Feb 21, 2014

Sweden defeats Finland in hockey semifinals

Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 shots, lifting Sweden over Finland 2-1 on Friday and into the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics. The 2006 Olympic champions will face the United States or Canada ...

Sweden routs Slovenia, punches ticket to semifinals

Feb 19, 2014

Sweden routs Slovenia, punches ticket to semifinals

Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for his second shutout of the Sochi Games and Carl Hagelin scored twice, helping Sweden rout upstart Slovenia 5-0 Wednesday to advance into Olympic hockey semifinals. The 2006 Olympic champions will face the winner of the Russia-Finland game Friday ...

Zetterberg to miss remainder of Olympics

Feb 14, 2014

Zetterberg to miss remainder of Olympics

Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament because of a back injury. Sweden made the announcement Friday before facing Switzerland in its second game of the tournament. Zetterberg scored a goal in the Swedes’ opening victory over ...

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's reindeer-herding Samis

Dec 26, 2013

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's reindeer-herding Samis

As winter approaches, the Samis of northern Sweden move thousands of reindeer down from the snow-covered mountains for lowland grazing. They have done so for centuries, but they wonder how much longer they can continue. The mining industry is one of several modern threats ...

'Brat-ocracy' fears spread in Sweden

Nov 2, 2013

'Brat-ocracy' fears spread in Sweden

by Tom Sullivan

Sweden got a head start in the good parenting debate as the first country to outlaw smacking, but some argue that its child-centred approach has gone too far and children now rule the roost. “In some ways Swedish kids are really ill-mannered,” said David ...

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

Oct 13, 2013

Real-life hobbit village planned for Swedish isle

A real hobbit village will soon nestle in the lush forests of a Swedish island, a whimsical project billed as the first of its kind — but behind the fantasy gimmick lies a genuine interest for sustainable development. The hobbits, small characters with hairy ...