Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who stirred worldwide controversy in 2007 with drawings depicting the Prophet Mohammad with the body of a dog, was killed in a car crash near the southern town of Markaryd on Sunday, police said. Vilks, 75, who had been living under police protection since the drawings were published, was traveling in a police vehicle which collided with a truck. Two police officers were also killed.
Nine people have died after a plane crashed shortly after it took off from an airport in Sweden, police have said. The DHC-2 Turbo Beaver aircraft was carrying eight skydivers and a pilot when it came down near Orebro Airport on Thursday, according to Swedish police. It crashed close to the runway and caught fire on impact, they added, but the cause of the incident is not yet clear.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Monday he had handed in his notice of resignation, giving parliament’s speaker the job of finding a new premier after the Social Democrat leader lost a vote of no-confidence last week. Lofven, a former union boss and welder, has headed a fragile minority coalition with the Greens since 2018, relying on support from two small center-right parties and the Left Party to remain in power.
A man armed with an axe has attacked and injured eight people in a southern Sweden town in what authorities called a suspected terrorist crime. Police said the man in his 20s attacked people in the small town of Vetlanda, about 190 km (118 miles) southeast of Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden’s second largest city, on Wednesday afternoon. His motive was not immediately known.
Sweden may be headed for a hung parliament after Sunday’s election in which nationalist Sweden Democrats received boosted support, leaving the two main political blocs almost tied. The governing left-center party is slightly ahead of the anti-immigration party. The close results are likely to produce weeks of uncertainty before Sweden can form a workable government.
Swedish prosecutors have ended their 34-year investigation into the murder of then prime minister Olof Palme – because the main suspect is dead. Mr Palme was shot while leaving a cinema in Stockholm with his wife Lisbeth Palme in February 1986. Prosecutors now say they believe Swedish graphic designer Stig Engstrom, who died in 2000, is the gunman who fatally shot the Social Democrat leader.
Police in Sweden is searching for jewel thieves who stole two royal crowns and an orb from a cathedral near Stockholm before escaping on a motorboat. The jewels were used by 17th-century King Karl IX and Queen Kristina. The theft took place in the afternoon when the cathedral was open to the public.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was ousted after a mandatory no-confidence vote took place following indecisive elections. National elections ended in a hung parliament after the far-right Swedish Democrats made significant gains. The speaker of the parliament will meet with leaders of the eight parties in Sweden’s Riksdag over the next few days.