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The Swedish fintech chief licensed to chill banking.

Sebastian Siemiatkowski says building a bank will be cool for newly empowered Klarna

- Financial Times - US

Leadership on green finance and sustainable infrastructure – how can China and Sweden work together on the Belt and Road Initiative?.

China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to transform connectivity and cooperation on trade and development across Asia and beyond. To succeed, the initiative will require the deployment of modern infrastructure across several regions and sectors. In recent years narratives have shifted around global progress towards a ...

- Brookings - US

IKEA Serving Bowl Sets Man's Grapes on Fire.

A man found himself in the middle of an unexpected science experiment in Sweden after he set his bowl of grapes in the sun. Richard Walter says he was outside near his Blanda Blank stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA when he noticed his grapes were on fire. "'How is...

- Newser - US

Serial rapist arrested at Stockholm Arlanda airport.

A suspected serial rapist who had fled to Thailand has been flown back to Sweden's Arlanda airport, where he was arrested on Friday morning.

- The Local - SE

'All priests should wed same-sex couples': Swedish PM.

No priest working for the Church of Sweden should be allowed to refuse to wed same-sex couples, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said in an interview with a church newspaper.

- The Local - SE

Falklands Islands: Games 2017 Gotland Sweden.

INTERNATIONAL Sporting endeavour will take centre stage on June 24-30 when the Falkland Islands athletes will join their counterparts from many small Islands around the world to compete in the 17th NatWest Island Games in Gotland.

- MercoPress - FK

Dancing frogs and skinny dipping - the secrets behind a Swedish Midsummer.

No public holiday is arguably more quintessentially Swedish than Midsummer - that day when Swedes pack it in, head for their summer homes and proceed to dance like frogs around a leaf-covered pole.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton.

KUALA LUMPUR - The Chinese owner of Sweden's Volvo cars will inject US$40 million into Malaysia's Proton as part of its purchase of a key stake in the automaker, an executive of the Malaysian company said on Friday.

- BangkokPost - TH

Midsummer holiday chaos leaves thousands of travellers stranded.

Thousands of holidaymakers and commuters were caught up in travel chaos as a fire in Stockholm sparked train delays just a day before one of Sweden's biggest holidays.

- The Local - SE

Chinese automaker buys stake in Malaysia's Proton.

The Chinese owner of Sweden's Volvo Cars says it has signed the final contract to buy a stake in Malaysian automaker Proton, gaining a platform to expand in Southeast Asia.

- FOX News - US

England Under-21s can go all the way, says winger Gray.

England Under-21 winger Demarai Gray insists his side have proven their tournament-winning potential after demolishing hosts Poland to secure their place in the European Championship semi-finals on Thursday. Gray handed the Young Lions an early lead before a second-half tap-in by substitute Jacob Murphy and successfully ...

- City AM - UK

The Ritz-Carlton just debuted a luxury cruise line for the '1% of global travelers' and it looks insane

Courtesy of Tillberg Design of SwedenThis week the Ritz-Carlton Hotel revealed plans for its luxury cruise line, with three ships aimed to set sea starting in late 2019. Somewhere between a private superyacht and a small ocean liner, these ships will accommodate the "the 1% of global travelers," according to Bloomberg. With ...

- Business Insider - US

IKEA apparently sells a serving bowl of death that can set stuff on fire

IKEA has taken a page out of Samsung's playbook and is selling a hot, fiery product. The mega-home goods store is currently investigating their stainless steel Blanda Blank serving bowl for safety after a man in Sweden said his grapes had caught fire while they were sitting in the bowl outside in the sun, reports The Local. ...

- Mashable! - US

Stockholm train traffic halted Thursday

All rail traffic between Stockholm's Central and Southern stations closed down for much of Thursday, following a cable fire in a tunnel earlier in the day. The halt, which affects both the mainlines to Gothenburg and Malmö, as well as commuter trains, is expected to be over sometime during the evening.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Stockholm's Skansen gets ready for a magic Midsummer

On Midsummer Eve on Friday, up to 25,000 people will come to Stockholm's Skansen folk history museum and park to watch the dancing around the Midsommarstång, or Midsummer Pole. Listen to this rehearsal for a peak preview.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Lack of eligible candidates dogs EU relocation scheme

Member states could fail to meet their refugee quotas even if they wanted to, as strict eligibility rules mean there are few candidates left in Greece and Italy. Sweden is already wondering if it will meet its pledge.

- EU Observer - EU

Sweden summons Russia after Baltic Sea air incident

STOCKHOLM " Sweden on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador in the country after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.Foreign Ministry spokesman...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

IKEA is investigating a claim that its stainless steel mixing bowls can light food on fire

IKEAIKEA is investigating a claim that one of its bowls has the ability to set things on fire. A Swedish man says he was eating grapes from an IKEA "Blanda Blank" stainless steel serving bowl this weekend when he began to smell smoke, the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported, according to a translation by The Local. "I saw ...

- Business Insider - US

Stripe refocuses European effort with 6 new markets and expanded payments platform

Stripe has announced a handful of tidbits that underscore the fast-growing fintech startup's aspirations in Europe. Thus far, Stripe has only been fully available to businesses in the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, France, Spain, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. But as of this week, another six markets have been added to the mix: ...

- VentureBeat - US

Sweden agrees to exchange fingerprints with the US

A new government decision paves the way for Swedish police to strike a deal with their American counterparts to get permission to use each other's fingerprint databases to look for suspects.

- The Local - SE

Swedish Midsummer through the eyes of foreigners: 'It was the first time I saw my in-laws tipsy'

We asked readers to share their Midsummer memories.

- The Local - SE

'I'm pregnant but my husband is being deported from Sweden'

Hana Zrida and Chakib Ammar have jobs in Sweden, are married and expecting a child. But because authorities do not consider them to be living together, Ammar now risks being deported.

- The Local - SE

Sweden summons Russia after Baltic Sea air incident

STOCKHOLM " Sweden's government has summoned Russia's ambassador to Sweden after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.Foreign Ministry spokesman...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Sweden and US law enforcement to exchange fingerprint data

The Swedish government is to give the American FBI law enforcement agency access to its database of 165,000 fingerprints taken from those supected of or convicted of crimes.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Sweden in denial

Swedish police chief presents new report which finds an increase in the country's 'vulnerable' areas, where police fear to tread.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

IKEA Investigating Reports Of Shiny Serving Bowls That Can Set Food On Fire

These days, most products involved in sudden fires involve malfunctioning batteries, or poorly built fuel lines. But then there's the IKEA bowl — and the flaming fruit contained therein — that serve as a reminder that you sometimes only really need the sun and the right shiny surface to start a fire. A Swedish man told ...

- The Consumerist - US

IoT devices or humans?

A Swedish rail line can now collect fares by scanning its customers for embedded biometric chips. The primary benefit is the elimination of a physical ticket -- plus it’s harder to lose. It sounds futuristic, but my dogs have been sporting embedded chips for over a decade.If you think about it, physical tickets are ...

- Network World - US

So... are they no-go zones? What you need to know about Sweden's vulnerable areas

The Swedish police have released a new report on vulnerable areas in Sweden. The Local takes a closer look at what that actually means.

- The Local - SE

EU takes over leadership of 'Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies'

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: World During its one-year leadership, the EU will focus on strengthening awareness and implementation of the Call to Action by the humanitarian community, in particular at field level.Today the European ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Europe swelters as heat, fires bring summer pain

EUROPE sizzled under a continent-wide heatwave yesterday with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal struggled to stamp out deadly forest fires. More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling to control the flames that broke out in central Portugal at the weekend, killing at least 64 ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

Union talks start on subsidised jobs for migrants

This week the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries started talks with unions on new subsidised jobs for refugees. But job agency Randstad fears the measure might hold back skilled migrants.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Voices from a new "vulnerable area"

Sweden's police officially named new areas of the country where they want more resources to fight crime, and Radio Sweden talked to local residents.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Sweden calls in Russian ambassador over air incident

A Russian fighter plane flew close to a Swedish surveillance plane on Monday, in an incident that has been called very unusual.

- Radio Sweden - SE

How Sweden is fast-tracking Syrian teachers into schools

On Tuesday, teachers newly arrived in Sweden from across the Arab world were celebrating the end of their six-month fast-track course at Stockholm University. To cut the time it takes them to start teaching in Swedish schools, much of the course was taught in Arabic.

- Radio Sweden - SE

Plan for Swedish-made Utöya monument scrapped

The Norwegian government has announced that all plans for the controversial monument for the Utöya terrorism victims are to be shelved.

- Radio Sweden - SE

People in this Swedish town gather in a 'Solar Egg' sauna instead of having town halls

Jean-Baptiste BĂ©ranger On the western border of Kiruna, Sweden, the state-owned mining company, LKAB, has been extracting iron ore from the Kirunavaara mountains for over a decade. But the long-term mining has caused fissures that are creeping closer to the city center of Kiruna. Now, LKAB — which also founded the ...

- Business Insider - US

Hristo Smolenov: Terror has led to hostage syndrome

Terror has succeeded in "infecting" European society and has led to a hostage syndrome, security expert Hristo Smolenov said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency with regard to the attempted attack in Brussels on Tuesday. He said this syndrome can be seen in the behaviour of certain circles, including political ones. This ...

- Novinite - BG

Nazmul Islam new ambassador in Sweden as Golam Sarwar posted to Oman

The government has appointed Md Nazmul Islam, a director general at the foreign ministry, ambassador to Sweden, transferring Md Golam Sarwar to Oman.

- BDNews24 - BD

Volvo takes on Tesla over high-performance electric cars

Polestar split out as Swedish group's Chinese owner Geely expands global ambitions

- Financial Times - US

ITV Buys Elk and Creates ITV Studios Sweden

U.K. broadcaster ITV's spending spree continues unabated, with Sweden's Elk the latest international production company it has added to its stable. Elk Production makes entertainment series for local broadcasters and has 15 shows in production or on air. It also makes the local versions of international formats “Ninja ...

- Variety - US

SF Studios Boards Crime Series 'The Hunters' for Swedish Streaming Service C More

Nordic major SF Studios is on board to produce “The Hunters,” an original six-episode crime thriller series which has been commissioned by C More, the streaming service of Swedish commercial channel TV4. “The Hunters” is a TV spinoff of the Swedish box-office crime thriller hits “The ...

- Variety - US

5,000 criminals in Sweden's vulnerable areas: police

Sweden's national police chief has presented a new report about the country's problem areas, increasing the number of districts classified as vulnerable or especially vulnerable.

- The Local - SE

Sweden summons Russian ambassador over air incident

Sweden summoned Russia's ambassador after a Russian SU-27 fighter jet flew unusually close to a Swedish reconnaissance plane in international airspace above the Baltic Sea.

- The Local - SE

Ten things to hate about Midsummer in Sweden

Okay, we love Midsummer. But one must admit... there are a few things that can get on your nerves.

- The Local - SE

Swedish rail company introduces biometric microchips as travel tickets

Snapper and Hop cards have never seemed so obsolete. Even e-tickets are no longer cutting edge.

- Stuff - NZ

Solar heating could cover more than 80% of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries

According to researchers at Aalto University, by using suitable systems, more than 80% of heating energy for Finnish households could be produced using solar energy. As the price of heating energy obtained from solar heating systems needed to be competitive with the currently used heating alternatives, calculations made by ...

- ENN - US

Sweden commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 with new law

A climate plan backed by an overwhelming majority in parliament makes Sweden the first country to significantly upgrade its target since the Paris agreement

- NewScientist - US

PwC: Poland takes 29th spot in the highest older workers employment

Poland was ranked 29th among 34 OECD nations in the latest ranking published by consultancy PwC which assesses the potential utilization of people over 55-years old. “According to PwC estimates, if the employment rate of 55+ people was comparable to that in Sweden, Poland’s GDP would increase by abo...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Innovation Grand Prix goes to campaign to melt guns for good

A Swedish campaign to melt guns for good causes has taken home the Grand Prix for Innovation at Cannes Lions this year.

- Brand Republic - UK

Emergency classes set up for returnee students

By Pajhwok on 20 June 2017 KABUL : Swedish Committee for Afghanistan...

- Pajhwok - AF