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some of sweden's wildfires 'impossible to extinguish'
instead, authorities expect it could take up to several months before the fires stop smouldering. `four of the fires are now judged to have a serious character; they've grown to such a size that it's not possible to put them out at the moment,` marcus årskog, the spokesperson for msb's wildfire group, told the tt newswire.  `what we can do is work to limit them so that they don't spread towards villages or inhabited areas,` he added. the  serious blazes in question are all located in central sweden: fågelsjö/lillåsen in jämtland, kårböle in gävleborg, trängslet in dalarna and brattsjö in västernorrland. msb's head, dan eliasson, has said sweden's emergency services are facing the most serious situation they've ever experienced. in total, between 300 and 500 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, according to msb's information, while emergency services operator sos alarm said on friday afternoon that there were currently 61 fires burning across the country.to read the latest on the wildfire situation, including evacuations and how to volunteer to help, click here for all the local's coverage.
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in numbers: the scale of sweden's wildfires and the efforts to contain them
61 that was the number of fires burning across the country on friday afternoon, according to sos alarm.  the number has been in fluctuation, with dozens of blazes being tackled simultaneously from north to south and west to east.4 on friday, the civil contingencies agency (msb) warned that four of the fires were too big to be extinguished. the serious blazes in question are all located in central sweden: fågelsjö/lillåsen in jämtland, kårböle in gävleborg, trängslet in dalarna and brattsjö in västernorrland.300-500 according to the msb, the number of people who have been evacuated is between 300 and 500. the evacuations have affected small towns and villages in gävleborg, jämtland, dalarna and västerbotten.read more: here's where evacuations are taking place due to wildfires1,000 the approximate number of firefighters involved in battling the flames. that includes around 300 in ljusdal, 250 in jämtland, and 100 in dalarna, according to the tt newswire.  they are being assisted by the armed forces and thousands of civilians, who have been volunteering their time and donating supplies. find out how volunteers have been helping here.20,000 msb says the wildfires cover a total area of over 20,000 hectares. this is already a bigger area than that affected by the 2014 forest fire in västmanland, which at the time was the country's largest forest fire in several decades.600 million  the swedish forestry agency has estimated that 6...
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sweden wildfire inferno: 'this could escalate'
swedish prime minister stefan löfven held a press conference on friday morning alongside dan eliasson, the head of sweden’s civil contingencies agency which is tasked with coordinating the ongoing fire and rescue efforts, as around 50 separate wildfires continued to rage across the country. löfven, who yesterday visited one of the areas worst affected by blazes, described the situation as `extreme`. sweden is receiving emergency assistance from several eu countries, he added. `our cooperation with the eu and our neighbours has worked very well,` he said. it is estimated that around two million cubic metres of forest at a value of around 600 million kronor has so far been destroyed by the flames, and because there are so many active blazes burning in so many different locations across the country, firefighting services are stretched to the limit. eliasson warned people `not to underestimate` the situation. `we are in the most serious and difficult situation swedish fire and rescue services have ever been in,` he said. `this could escalate.`read also: the latest on the wildfire situation in sweden the weather in sweden has been exceptionally dry this summer, and the lack of rain is also so bad that the government is considering state assistance for farmers struggling with the conditions. because of this drought it will be impossible to fully extinguish some of the largest blazes until it rains. instead, firefighters are focusing on slo...
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how volunteers are helping to fight sweden's wildfires
alongside the professionals doing their utmost to bring the blazes under control, across the country many ordinary citizens have joined the efforts. many are giving up their vacation time to do so, since a large number of swedes take extended holiday in july. in the municipality of ragunda alone, more than 100 people have been involved in the firefighting efforts. `there are at least 100 people helping every day to go and see what fires are left that need to be put out and then relating this information back to the firefighters,` karina landin, spokesperson for the municipality, told the local on thursday afternoon. `there are also other volunteers helping with providing food and such things,` she added. `we couldn't be doing this without them.` one local resident who volunteered in ragunda, jan röhlander, said it felt `important` to help out during the emergency. `i wanted to help earlier, but volunteers hadn't been asked for. then jämtland's fire service put a note out on instagram and was looking for volunteers -- i applied straight away,` röhlander told the local. he spent five hours on wednesday helping to spray water at the edges of the fire, to stop it spreading further, and said: `i think we volunteers are an underestimated group who can do more to make the firefighters' difficult work fighting the fires a bit easier.`read more: sweden is battling a historic wildfire outbreak. here's what you need to knowvolunteers have...
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eu countries send aircraft to sweden to help fight wildfires
france is sending two canadair planes to sweden to help put out the wildfires raging across the country as a result of the current drought, swedish authorities said on thursday. firefighters are currently battling to put out around 40 fires, particularly in wooded areas, which have broken out during an extreme heatwave across the entire nordic region. given the lack of manpower and capacity needed to tackling such events, the swedish authorities have asked for eu emergency help to fight the blazes, which have caused no fatalities so far. after italy sent two firefighting aircraft and norway sent eight helicopters, france intends to send two canadair cl-415 firefighting aircraft and their crew. three german helicopters and one lithuanian plane are also being sent, the swedish news agency tt reported. denmark has already deployed an extra crew of firefighters to assist their swedish colleagues. meteorologists have in recent days warned of `extremely hot` temperatures in sweden. temperatures above 33c were reported in uppsala (the hottest in 71 years), and more than 30 degrees throughout the rest of the country. neighbouring norway was hit by wildfires in 100 locations in the south last week, some of which were triggered by lightning.to read the latest on the wildfire situation, including evacuations and how to volunteer to help, click here for all the local's coverage.
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swedish recipe of the week: fried herring
herring has long been the backbone of fish cookery in sweden. many towns, especially on the west coast, only survived because of the herring fishing industry. today herring is not nearly as plentiful as it once was, but it is still a cheap fish and plays a central part in swedish cuisine. although street food in sweden is dominated by hotdogs and burgers, fried herring is still appreciated. swedes would normally fry baltic herring, which is smaller than the north sea (atlantic) herring. in britain the demand for herring is low, as restaurant customers feel cheated if offered herring and brits tend not to like oily, bony fish. the result is that the supply of good quality herring is, at best, sporadic. nonetheless, this dish is worth making, even with atlantic herring, when you see some good quality fresh herring.summary serves: 4level: easypreparation: 5 minutescooking: 15 minutestips ask your fishmonger to fillet the herring for you (if you need to do this yourself it is quite easy, especially if the herring is fresh. lay the fish on a chopping board, stomach side down, and press quite hard with the palm of your hand. the backbone is pushed away from the flesh and most of the fiddly, small bones come with it). freshly fried herring is normally serves as street food on top of buttered hard crispbread, but it is also delicious with creamy mashed potatoes and lingonberries (or lingonberry jam).read also: how to make sweetened lingonberries look for ...
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members' forum: five things i miss about swedish summers
this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here. sweden in the summer is a most glorious thing. very few countries in the whole world have such a dramatic change between the seasons, and this alone projects swedish summers into some kind of ephemeral heaven of ripe strawberries, long nights, and more strawberries. here are five things that i really miss about swedish summers.people are friendlier call me controversial, but swedes just aren't super friendly when the weather is cold. and it's understandable. who really wants to spend any time on small talk when it's -25c outside? but there's a magic moment at the end of winter – i think it's when they finally get rid of the gravel on the roads and sidewalks – and right at that precise second the swedes brighten up 500 percent and it lasts until the end of summer. they'll stop and chat, they'll invite their neighbours over for cake and coffee, and they'll think twice before leaving passive-aggressive notes in the laundry room.the swedes are at their best in summer, let's be honest. photo: anders wiklund/ttthe midnight sun in my first summer in sweden, i distinctly remember playing cards in a park at midnight purely by the light in the sky. i'd never seen anything like it. and while, of course, you don't always get midnight sun – especially further south – those long summer nights really do seem endless.there's something magical about those long ...
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how volunteers are helping to fight sweden's wildfires
alongside the professionals doing their utmost to bring the blazes under control, across the country many ordinary citizens have joined the efforts. many are giving up their vacation time to do so, since a large number of swedes take extended holiday in july. in the municipality of ragunda alone, more than 100 people have been involved in the firefighting efforts. `there are at least 100 people helping every day to go and see what fires are left that need to be put out and then relating this information back to the firefighters,` karina landin, spokesperson for the municipality, told the local on thursday afternoon. `there are also other volunteers helping with providing food and such things,` she added. `we couldn't be doing this without them.` `today i had the chance to help at the large forest fire in ragunda. an unreal experience in many ways,` one volunteer wrote on facebook. `i and other volunteers helped to soak the edges of the fire so that it wouldn't spread further. i have huge respect for the emergency services -- i was there for five hours helping, but i'm home now and they're still there.`read more: sweden is battling a historic wildfire outbreak. here's what you need to knowvolunteers have donated refreshments to exhausted firefighters. photo: mats andersson / tt ljusdal municipality, which is also severely affected and where some local residents have been evacuated, had also received over 100 offers of help. some of thes...
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how to save money if you're under 26 in sweden
this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here. sweden is a great place to be a young professional. flat hierarchies typically offer you more responsibility and more access to senior colleagues than in many other countries, while the famous focus on work-life balance allows you time to enjoy hobbies and socializing outside the office. but there's no denying it's an expensive place to live, and while many swedes stay in full-time education until they're 26 or older (and therefore can benefit from a wide range of student offers), young foreign professionals might struggle to adjust to the high prices of housing, alcohol, coffee, and well, just about everything. here are some of the discounts available to anyone who has not yet reached their 26th birthday.technology several phone networks offer discounts to young adults, including tre, telia, and telenor. all three of these are actually valid until you turn 27, so that's an extra year of cheap calls and data.healthcare in many areas of sweden, contraceptive pills are free or reduced if you're under 26 years old. swedish healthcare is run by regions, so you'll need to find out what the exact rules are where you live. note: they're completely free across the country if you're younger than 21. if you're aged between 22 and 29, your annual dental care contribution is 600 kronor, double the amount for older adults.going to the dentist is never exactly fun, but...
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more areas evacuated in sweden due to wildfires
nordmaling (västerbotten) swedish authorities called for anyone in the direct proximity of högbränna and tallberg in nordmaling municipality, västerbotten, to evacuate the area just before 2.30pm on wednesday. `there is a fire in the forest that is spreading quickly with heavy smoke,` the national website for emergency information explained. on thursday, the evacuation order was still in place, while those not in the immediate vicinity but still affected by smoke were urged to keep doors and windows closed.eftersläckning! #skogsbrand #västerbotten a post shared by jonas östman (@mayflyhunting) on jul 17, 2018 at 11:23pm pdtälvdalen (dalarna) residents in the area between the trängslet shooting range and haftorsbygget in älvdalen were also told to `vacate the area immediately` on wednesday afternoon, as the fire in the military range is `spreading rapidly towards the northwest`. the evacuation order was still in place on thursday afternoon. as the local reported earlier this week, efforts to fight fires in älvdalen have been delayed by the potential presence of undetonated shells in a military shooting range. firefighters on the ground have been forced to keep a safe distance as a result.read also: ammunition and weather delay efforts to stop swedish forest firesthere are so many fires in sweden now, so please respect the fire ban! behind me you can see smoke residues from the fire in trängslet, älvdalen. #firefighter #sweden #respect #sk...
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boat bursts into flames after 'loud explosion' in stockholm
the incident took place near stora essingen, a small island to the west of the city centre. `we got an alarm of a boat burning at 12.34. it looks like there was a kind of explosion,` a stockholm police spokesperson told the tt newswire. she said that emergency services were on their way with the necessary resources and that work had already begun to extinguish the flames. witnesses told the aftonbladet daily that they had heard a `loud bang` and saw people on the boat jump into the water before being picked up by other boats in the area.the fire was visible from a distance. photo: katarina eklund/tt fire and rescue services said three people on board had abandoned the boat and had been picked up by other boats in the area, then taken ashore. there were no injuries.
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volvo sees quarter sales soar past 100 billion kronor for the first time
swedish truck makers volvo group, which is a separate entity from volvo cars, celebrated another three months of record sales as it posted its second-quarter results on thursday. `demand in our main markets was solid,` said ceo and president martin lundstedt, `and both our vehicle and service business continued to grow at a good pace.` volvo group said its net sales increased by 18 percent to 104 billion kronor in the second quarter and the company's adjusted operating income rose by three billion to 11.5 billion kronor. `this is the first time that the volvo group's sales have exceeded 100 billion kronor in a single quarter and it is also the first time the operating margin is above 10 percent,` said lundstedt. he said the company was well positioned to weather out the us trade war, but said steel and aluminium tariffs had increased costs at the point of production, which in turn meant added costs for its customers. `we are a very global company doing business in more than 190 countries. we rely on functioning trade systems and are great advocates of free trade,` lundstedt told swedish newswire tt.
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watch: elk takes a dip next to startled beachgoers in sweden
in the middle of sweden's extreme heatwave, who can blame a young elk for wanting to join all everyone else for a dip in the lake at hungvik, arvika? not karolina midböe from karlstad, who had a close encounter with the animal. `i was stunned when i first realized that the elk was actually heading into the water,` she told the local. `when it saw me and showed curiosity it felt amazing.`watch also: incredible viral footage of a rare white elk in sweden midböe's father, christer andersson, was on hand with his camera, and now his video has gone viral (scroll down to watch it). the video shows the calf in the water walking towards midböe and then around her. `i was smiling from within and decided to catch the moment and just embrace the unique communication that appeared,` she said. and this isn't the first time a swede has had an unusual encounter with an elk – one time a golfer was caught on camera being chased by an elk calf. watch that video here.read also: curious elk breaks into house in sweden
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here's where evacuations are taking place due to sweden's wildfires
nordmaling (västerbotten) swedish authorities called for anyone in the direct proximity of högbränna and tallberg in nordmaling municipality, västerbotten, to evacuate the area just before 14:30 on wednesday. `there is a fire in the forest that is spreading quickly with heavy smoke,` the national website for emergency information explained.eftersläckning! #skogsbrand #västerbotten a post shared by jonas östman (@mayflyhunting) on jul 17, 2018 at 11:23pm pdtälvdalen (dalarna) residents in the area between the trängslet shooting range and haftorsbygget in älvdalen were also told to `vacate the area immediately` on wednesday afternoon, as the fire in the military range is `spreading rapidly towards the northwest`. as the local reported earlier this week, efforts to fight fires in älvdalen have been delayed by the potential presence of undetonated shells in a military shooting range. firefighters on the ground have been forced to keep a safe distance as a result.read also: ammunition and weather delay efforts to stop swedish forest firesthere are so many fires in sweden now, so please respect the fire ban! behind me you can see smoke residues from the fire in trängslet, älvdalen. #firefighter #sweden #respect #skogsbrand #dogs #hikingdogs #hiking #vandramedhund #allemansrätten #swedishsummer #strongertogether a post shared by laidback london (@laidbacklondon12) on jul 18, 2018 at 5:23am pdthärjedalen/jämtland forest fires in olingdal ...
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swedish academy scandal: frenchman faces trial over rape charges
french cultural figure jean-claude arnault, who is married to a former member of the swedish academy which selects nobel literature laureates, has been charged with raping a woman in stockholm on two occasions in 2011. the stockholm district court told afp his hearings will take place on september 19th, 20th and 24th. according to the charge sheet, seen by afp, the 71-year-old allegedly forced the victim – who was in a state of `intense fear` – to have oral sex and intercourse in a stockholm apartment on october 5th, 2011. arnault, who has denied the allegations, is also accused of raping her during the night of december 2nd-3rd while she was asleep. in november, sweden's dagens nyheter newspaper published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by arnault, who has had long-standing close ties to the swedish academy. disagreements within the institution on how to deal with the scandal sowed deep discord among its 18 members and prompted six to quit – including the first woman permanent secretary, sara danius.read also: the story behind the swedish academy's rapid descent into farce in may, the academy said it would not announce a nobel literature prize this year – a first in almost 70 years – because of the crisis. it has severed all ties to arnault and his cultural centre forum which it had subsidized for years. the club has since been shut down.
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'the last true wild frontier': life-changing tales from northern sweden
thea holmqvist is born and raised in bureå (around 2,500 residents), a coastal community about 18 kilometres south-east of skellefteå, västerbotten. as a lover of photography and journalism, she moved away to study in sundsvall and intern in stockholm. that's when she realized how much she missed home. `i dreamed of big cities, of stockholm and gothenburg, where i thought that you can do anything, anytime, everything is so close.` but during a six-month internship for a newspaper in stockholm in 2014 she `realized that all the things i dreamed of in my teenage years weren't the reality. i was surrounded by a million people and i'd never felt more alone`. so she moved back. `the silence. the fresh air. the people, always saying hi. i saw my home with new eyes, all the possibilities and i had never fully understood the freedom i had here.`thea and jonathan in abisko looking at tjuonavagge. photo: thea holmqvist `i need the calm, the silence. the small but amazing details to be happy about. like the aurora borealis dancing above our home. the bright summer nights.` moving back meant she cherished everything more deeply, such as `children eating blueberries from their backyard for a lunch snack, or building tree-houses in the forest in the summer and igloos on the snow-covered lawn in the winter`. `i feel really strongly for the environment, for the local people and believe that we have to help each other, lift each other and appr...
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what to do if your work permit renewal is rejected
applying for a work permit renewal is a complicated process, and sweden's labour migration rules mean that many non-eu workers receive rejections, often due to minor errors they may not have been aware of or which they have already tried to fix. it's a frustrating and frightening situation to be in, particularly as most of those affected have put down roots in their new country. if you're currently in the process of applying for a permit extension or have received a rejection, here's what you can do.members' q&a: why is sweden deporting skilled foreign workers?getting the decision you'll usually get two letters from the migration agency (migrationsverket) about your decision, sent on consecutive days. one will contain the full details of the decision, and the other is a confirmation (kontrollmeddelande) that they've sent you the decision. if you receive both, there's no need to reply directly, but if you get the second letter without having received the actual decision, contact the migration agency immediately. the decision letter should include information about: whether your application has been accepted or rejected; the reason for this decision; whether you are required to leave the country and when; and how to appeal the decision if you wish to. most of this information is sent in swedish only. if you have questions for the migration agency about any of the information, you should get in touch with them as soon as possible.speak to your employer ...
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here's where evacuations are taking place due to sweden's wildfires
in 2007, guitar-maker michele benincaso found himself in the first generation of music tech entrepreneurs moving to stockholm. now he’s at the helm of the award-winning startup company, mind music labs, and hiring music tech talent from all over the world just four years after launching.
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here's where evacuations are taking place due to sweden's wildfires
nordmaling (västerbotten) swedish authorities called for anyone in the direct proximity of högbränna and tallberg in nordmaling municipality, västerbotten, to evacuate the area just before 14:30 on wednesday. `there is a fire in the forest that is spreading quickly with heavy smoke,` the national website for emergency information explained.eftersläckning! #skogsbrand #västerbotten a post shared by jonas östman (@mayflyhunting) on jul 17, 2018 at 11:23pm pdtälvdalen (dalarna) residents in the area between the trängslet shooting range and haftorsbygget in älvdalen were also told to `vacate the area immediately` on wednesday afternoon, as the fire in the military range is `spreading rapidly towards the northwest`. as the local reported earlier this week, efforts to fight fires in älvdalen have been delayed by the potential presence of undetonated shells in a military shooting range. firefighters on the ground have been forced to keep a safe distance as a result.read also: ammunition and weather delay efforts to stop swedish forest firesthere are so many fires in sweden now, so please respect the fire ban! behind me you can see smoke residues from the fire in trängslet, älvdalen. #firefighter #sweden #respect #skogsbrand #dogs #hikingdogs #hiking #vandramedhund #allemansrätten #swedishsummer #strongertogether a post shared by laidback london (@laidbacklondon12) on jul 18, 2018 at 5:23am pdthärjedalen (jämtland) forest fires in olingda...
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'street performance is for everyone, no matter where they're from or what language they speak'
held annually since 2010, stockholm street festival will this year for the first time embark on a tour around sweden and denmark following the three-day stockholm event.  the festival was first created to make a stand and get the attention of politicians after a street performer was fined 1500 kronor for performing a juggling act on the streets of stockholm. `instead of doing a big protest we created this festival to show the politicians and the citizens of sweden what they’ll miss if they carried on in this idiotic way,` festival director thorsten andreassen told the local. `and now i think it’s finally touching base that this is art – people are finally beginning to understand it.` the festival was held in three different locations in stockholm between july 15th and 18th, with a variety of entertainment including street performances, a circus school and street art.toni smith, the hula-hoop superior from new zealand, getting audience members to help her fly. photo: annabelle leith andreassen said he hopes to encourage people from all walks of live to get involved, with interactive activities for children alongside the performances. performances at the street festival range from a mime artist from argentina to a hula-hoop dancer from new zealand; from a man juggling machetes and chainsaws to a living golden fairy statue who sprinkled 'fairy dust' on the audience.  `what’s great about street performance is that it can be enjoyed b...
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'they spent so much on this new station, how can it be broken already?': stockholmers and tourists react to public transport chaos
with stockholm central station and part of the tunnelbana (metro) already closed, the recent snap decision to close brand new commuter rail station stockholm city for emergency repairs means many people are forced to completely change their journey in order to get where they need to be. and the heatwave that has taken over sweden hasn't exactly helped the situation.read also: stockholm city shut for 'safety reasons' `i'm angry because they’ve spent so much money on this brand new station (stockholm city) so how can it be broken already? there was already problems with the trains so when i heard about this i thought ‘oh no, not this too!’” lovisa lind from kungsholmen in stockholm says. `it's a very big problem for people with jobs every day who now have to go a completely different route which can be stressful on your way to work.`read also: how you'll be affected by stockholm public transport disruption this summer sari tötterman from huddinge feels lucky she doesn't have to travel to work at the moment. `i'm having to take the bus now instead of going to (central metro station) t-centralen. if i had work and i had to change to this journey in 30 degree heat when i was already stressed on a time limit then i would be very irritated by that, but i'm on vacation so i have more time and no need to be stressed.` hanna batres from södertalje has just come back from a cruise and had to get the metro to mariatorget then walk to stock...
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sweden asks for more eu water bombers to combat wildfires
two italian planes are on wednesday due to begin their aerial firefighting efforts after arriving in the nordic nation, but sweden's civil contingencies agency (msb) has requested more planes as well as helicopters to help extinguish the number of fires still not under control. `the focus right now is on firefighting flights and we will see how we can use them in the best and most effective way during the day. we are following up with a request for more helicopters and water-bombing planes, and will see if there is the possibility of other countries providing support,` britta ramberg from msb told news agency tt.read also: what you need to know about sweden's historic wildfire outbreak msb has also started to call staff back from their vacations (many swedes take most of july off) in order to help. almost 40 fires still burned across the country on wednesday morning, with the worst affected areas gävleborg, dalarna and jämtland, and according to sweden's emergency control centre sos alarm, more fires are expected to occur throughout the day. in härjedalen, jämtland, around 60 buildings have been evacuated according to sveriges radio. evacuations have also occurred or are taking place in parts of gävleborg and dalarna. a particularly bad fire is burning in the fågelsjö-lillåsen area of jämtland, spread over 2,500 hectares and increasing at a rate of 10 square metres per minute. along with the two italian water-bombing planes assisting swe...
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amazon to make big-budget tv show based on swedish artist's hit dystopian books
the `tales from the loop` series is based on stålenhag's book of the same name as well as sequel `things from the flood`, which take place in an alternate sweden in the 80s and 90s where a large particle accelerator caused unexpected side effects. `i've known for about four years that there was an interest in adapting it. but the fun thing is that it's amazon who bought it, i didn't know that until last spring. the biggest thing is the amount of money being invested in it – that means that there will be talent available to work on it. that feels great,` stålenhag told the local. the artist crowd-funded the original book, and has been producing artwork at a relentless rate in recent years. `it's pretty crazy. the images have been popular, and these days little things can become really big without a huge budget. i've been making images every day for about five years. i've maybe made 300 images in this style, and the first 150 went to the first book. i've always answered comments on them online, and engaged with the whole community. it has its own life,` he explained. `the kickstarter project has been the biggest thing as it's so clear: people see that there is money to be made in it. people are ready to pay for this, it works.` stålenhag won't be involved in the production of the series other than in the consulting capacity in which he has participated until now, but said he definitely plans to go along to filming to say hello....
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cher is releasing an album of abba covers and all fans can say is gimme, gimme, gimme
in a fresh burst of activity by the 72-year-old singer and actress, cher said that her creative spririt was rekindled after singing one of the signature tunes on 'mamma mia! here we go again', which is coming out this week. “after i did 'fernando', i thought it would be really fun to do an album of abba songs, so i did,” cher said on the nbc television daytime show 'today'. “it's not what you think of when you think of abba, because i did it in a different way,” cher said without revealing a tracklist or release date. the album would be cher's first studio work since the dance music-driven 2013 album 'closer to the truth'. the former half of folk duo sonny and cher enjoyed a career revival in the 1990s and holds the record for the longest gap between number-one songs on the us chart at nearly 25 years. cher in recent years has mostly concentrated on a residency show in las vegas. she had not appeared in a film since providing her voice to a lion in the 2011 movie 'zookeeper'. the original 'mamma mia!' stage musical and then film weaves together abba songs to tell the story of sophie, who plans her wedding on a greek island alongside her free-spirited mother, donna, and sets out to identify who her father is, with comic results. for the sequel, cher depicts the mother of donna, played again by meryl streep, as she figures out how to act like a grandmother. the film comes shortly after abba itself unveiled new music, 35 yea...
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ericsson sees light on horizon after major layoffs
ericsson built on its improved results in the first quarter and noted an operating profit of 0.2 billion kronor (compared to a 0.5 billion loss just a year earlier), despite a slight drop in net sales (49.8 billion kronor compared to 50.3 billion in 2017, but up 15 percent on the first quarter of 2018). president and ceo börje ekholm said the company was well on track towards meeting its 2020 target of an operating margin of at least 10 percent, thanks to key investments in technology. `customers turn to new technology in order to manage growing demand for data with sustained quality and without increasing costs. this, together with fixed wireless access, represent the first business cases for 5g. we will continue to invest in securing leadership in 5g,` he said. however, the good news does not come without costs for the telecoms giant, which in july 2017 launched a major restructuring drive that has seen 20,500 jobs cut – 2,000 in the last quarter. the 10 billion kronor cost reduction programme has now been completed, ericsson said. `these are tough but necessary actions to ensure competitiveness. run-rate savings to date amount to more than 10 billion kronor, and the effect is gradually becoming visible in the earnings, mainly through lower service delivery costs and common costs,` said ekholm in a statement.
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five spectacular world heritage sites within reach of stockholm
this article is available to members of the local. read more membership exclusives here. world heritage sites are special areas that must maintain outstanding universal value and peg at least one out of ten criteria selected by the world heritage committee. the criteria range from representing a masterpiece made of human creative genius to containing the most important natural habitats for the conservation of biological diversity, which includes endangered species.skogskyrkogården this cemetery, initiated into the world's heritage list in 1994, was created in 1917 by gunnar asplund and sigurd lewerentz about eight kilometers from stockholm city centre in enskede. the burial site blends nature and architecture together to form a harmonious whole while expressing the character of swedish architecture both before and after world war ii. as an early 20th century cemetery, it takes advantage of irregularities in the site to create an area that is adapted well to its environment. there is a lack of alignment or structured paths between the gravestones in the forest. unlike other modern buildings and creations, asplund and lewerentz's cemetery resembles more primitive, medieval nordic designs.woodland cemetery. photo: karen söderlingthe world heritage committee's motivation: `architects gunnar asplund and sigurd lewerentz formed the forest cemetery, established a new form of burial site that fundamentally influenced the shape of burial sites around the world. ...
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sweden is battling a historic wildfire outbreak. here's what you need to know
the heat came early not only is it particularly warm in sweden at the moment, the heat also arrived early. while may can often be an up and down month where even the odd spell of snow isn't unthinkable as far south as stockholm, this year was a stark contrast. sweden experienced its hottest may on record, and several cities saw their hottest individual may days since records began 150 years ago.read also: sweden endures hottest may on record june provided some brief respite, but the heat returned as the month rolled into july, with many parts of the country registering temperatures of 30c or above for several days in succession, and some expected to do so for as many as five days in a row.malmö in may. photo: johan nilsson/ttthe rain stayed away it's not only warm, many parts of sweden have also been exceptionally dry this summer. that created an `extreme risk` for forest fire outbreaks as early as may, and the lack of rain is now so bad that the government is even considering state assistance for farmers struggling with the conditions.dry ground in österhaninge. photo: bilhelm stokstad/tthuman error combine dry terrain with high temperatures and a lack of frequent rain, and the conditions are ripe for forest fires to spread, but the human factor shouldn't be overlooked either. many of the fires are thought to have been started by people using disposable barbecues, despite a ban on lighting them and any other kind of open fire in the majority of mun...
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swedes get hepatitis a from eating infected frozen strawberries
the infections started in may and continued until june, mostly occurring in southern sweden, prompting the national food agency (livsmedelsverket) and public health agency (folkhälsomyndigheten) to investigate the matter. in every case the virus was traced back to frozen strawberries imported from poland, which were not heated before being consumed, either in the form of smoothies or in desserts. the fruit was sold by a polish company to a swedish wholesaler, who then in turn sold the goods on to restaurants and catering firms. a recall of the strawberries is still ongoing, with the wholesaler asking customers to either throw them away or send back any remaining fruit. livsmedelsverket recommends boiling frozen strawberries for at least one minute before consumption, as the heat kills the hepatitis a virus. sweden has in the past seen similar cases of infections caused by the consumption of frozen fruit, with one such outbreak of a vomiting bug at an elderly care home in 2015 leading to the death of three pensioners.read also: raspberries confirmed as source of deadly bug at care homea warning from livsmedelsverket to boil frozen raspberries for at least a minute is written on their packaging, but the same is not the case for strawberries. 
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two arrested after stockholm shopping centre is evacuated over suspected explosive object
the two men were arrested in the vicinity of the gallerian shopping mall in central stockholm on tuesday and the building was evacuated for just over an hour while a police bomb squad removed the object for examination. a stockholm police press spokesperson said they would not comment on the matter. when asked by the local if there was any danger to the public, they replied however that `if we had made that assessment we would have said it`. nor would police comment on a report in tabloid aftonbladet that the suspected explosive was a `hand grenade-like object` found on one of the men while being searched by the mall's security guards. sweden has been struggling to crack down on the possession and use of hand grenades and illegal weapons by gangs in recent years, with explosives in circulation dating from the yugoslav wars. the swedish government has proposed an amnesty between october 2018 and january 2019 in an effort to get grenades off swedish streets.read also: why swedish gangs use hand grenades (and what the country is doing about it)
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sweden is battling its most serious wildfire situation of modern times. here's what you need to know
the heat came early not only is it particularly warm in sweden at the moment, the heat also arrived early. while may can often be an up and down month where even the odd spell of snow isn't unthinkable as far south as stockholm, this year was a stark contrast. sweden experienced its hottest may on record, and several cities saw their hottest individual may days since records began 150 years ago.read also: sweden endures hottest may on record june provided some brief respite, but the heat returned as the month rolled into july, with many parts of the country registering temperatures of 30c or above for several days in succession, and some expected to do so for as many as five days in a row.malmö in may. photo: johan nilsson/ttthe rain stayed away it's not only warm, many parts of sweden have also been exceptionally dry this summer. that created an `extreme risk` for forest fire outbreaks as early as may, and the lack of rain is now so bad that the government is even considering state assistance for farmers struggling with the conditions.dry ground in österhaninge. photo: bilhelm stokstad/tthuman error combine dry terrain with high temperatures and a lack of frequent rain, and the conditions are ripe for forest fires to spread, but the human factor shouldn't be overlooked either. many of the fires are thought to have been started by people using disposable barbecues, despite a ban on lighting them and any other kind of open fire in the majority of mun...
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