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Science Confirms What the Vikings Repeatedly Told Us: Women Were Warriors, Too

DNA research on a warrior grave in Sweden seems to confirm what the stories in Viking sagas would suggest: women, too, could serve as high-status warriors in Viking society.

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After 27 Incidents of Sexual Assault Reported, Massive Swedish Music Festival May Be Replaced by Women-Only Event

Following the festival's cancellation, one woman wrote on Twitter, "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome, that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?" That idea ended up having a lot of supporters.

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Sweden Opens Hotline Allowing Women to Report Men for Mansplaining — When Can We Get One, Too?


Women in Sweden now have a number they can call after they've been mansplained to.

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Turn (Swedish) McDonalds Happy Meal Boxes Into VR Goggles

These boxes, which transform into "Happy Goggles," will be available in a few select Swedish stores March 5th and March 12th.

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Swedish High Schoolers to Receive a Copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists

Publisher Albert Bonniers and the Swedish Women’s Lobby are distributing the book to Swedish high-school students as "a stepping stone for a discussion about gender equality and feminism."

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Swedish TV Host Starts Fire Live on Air While Frying Cheese Doodles for Some Reason

The Muppets would be so proud.

Today is Cheese Doodle Day, evidently, so this morning Nyhetsmorgon host Jenny Strömstedt asked her viewers for tips on how to best "prepare" them (because I guess just eating them out of the bag with your greasy cheese-stained fingers isn't proper in Sweden). Then her co-host suggested she try to flip them in the air while frying them over a stove, and everything worked out for the best. Wait. Is the best supposed to be on fire?

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A Swedish Reality Show Hunts Down Online Trolls Jay and Silent Bob-Style

To Catch a Redditor?

They're going to skip the ass-kicking part, though.

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Fans of Pippi Longstocking Protest the Removal of Racial Slurs From Children’s Show

If you're getting sentimental for derogatory terms, it's time to check your privilege.

Pippi Longstocking, the heroine of Astrid Lindgren's books and a 1969 TV show, helped popularize "girl power before it was known." And now the nine-year-old, a cultural icon in Sweden since the first book was published in 1945, has received a much-needed modern update to remove racial slurs and reflect Sweden's diversity—and fans are not happy about it.

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Sweden’s Gaming Industry Might Consider Adding “Sexist” Labels To Games

How soon can we move to Sweden?

Welp, guess the social justice warrior dystopia is here! Time to pack up, everyone. Great work!

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This High-Tech Haircare Ad Would Make Your Commute Way More Awesome [VIDEO]

My hair looks way worse than this after waiting for the subway in the morning.

Subway advertisements are generally pretty lame - unless you're in Stockholm, apparently. Haircare company Apotek installed some hi-tech sensors into the monitors projecting their video ads on subway platforms, and the results are mind-blowing. Because, there's wind, and... you're right, that was terrible. Anyways, just watch the video.

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Swedish Cinemas Are Integrating the Bechdel Test Into Their Rating System

A Series of Fallopian Tubes

When deciding what movie to go see, moviegoers are used to a rating system providing them with a few basic facts. The level of violence in the film, for example, and whether there’s sex or cursing. Now theaters in Swedish cinemas have added something new to their ratings system: Whether the film passes the Bechdel Test.

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Amazingly Complex Battlestar Galactica LARP Plots Jump to America

Yeah, this is about LARPing, and it's totally awesome.

A Battlestar Galactica-inspired live-action role-playing game that featured 140 characters, detailed costumes, and the interpersonal conflicts and relationships that defined the rebooted Galactica took place in March on a retired naval destroyer in Sweden, which is pictured above. Yes, all of this happened before, and its creators want it all to happen again in the United States.

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Language Police: Google Kills Swedish Word Meaning “Ungoogleable”

Near the end of last year, the Language Council of Sweden released its list of the newest words added to the Swedish language, one of which is the delightful term "ogooglebar" -- seriously, just try to say it out loud without smiling -- a word that translates as "ungoogleable." Turns out, Google had a problem with that term, and just the idea that they might have to talk to Mountain View's lawyers was enough to get the language council to back away from "ogooglebar," denying it official status as a word in the Swedish language.

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Seal Pup Gets Lost In Swedish Forest, Is Rescued By Kindly Hunter

Need something to brighten your Monday morning? A seal pup's life basically turned into a Disney movie this weekend when the adorable critter got lost discovered in a Swedish forest, four miles from the open sea it calls home. Don't worry, though! A good-hearted hunter found the pup and returned it to its home, demonstrating that every once in a while, things just end up working out the way you hope they will.

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This Just Got Real: Swedish Police Raid Call Of Duty Session

When a ten-person strong team of Swedish police officers responded to an emergency call over the weekend, they didn't know what they were in for, but considering the details they had to go on -- the caller's description of the situation stated had included the sound of gunshots and frantic cries for help -- they can be forgiven for expecting the worst. Happily, rather than  gruesome abbatoir they may have anticipated, the officers were instead confronted with... a group of teenagers playing Call of Duty.

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Loophole Closed: Sweden Extends TV Tax To Computer and Tablet Owners

TV taxes, or license fees per television set, are pretty common throughout Europe, providing funding for many large public broadcasters across the continent, such as the much-loved BBC. This week, though, Sweden updated their structure for collecting the television tax to reflect how more and more people actually watch TV, which is not on their TV. With that in mind, the television tax will now apply to any citizen with a computer or tablet as well.

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Lady who Drove a Train into a House, I am Impressed


We frequently find ourselves impressed by the accomplishments of women around the world here. Whether it's Sunita Williams being a total boss in space, the consistently awesome winners of Google's Science Fair, or Anne Hathaway diverting a creepy question. But it's safe to say this is a slightly different kind of impressed. Less... in awe, and more... grudgingly respectful? Anyway, a Swedish cleaning lady drove a train into an apartment building and no one was injured.

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Angry Swedish Teenagers Riot Over Instagram Sext Account

Sometimes riots happen. Sometimes Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. Sometimes riots happen because Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. That's what happened when a group teenagers swarmed the school of a girl accused of posting sexy pictures on Instagram. The riot also spilled over to a local mall, scaring unwitting holiday shoppers. Rioting teenagers in a mall is exactly what old people at malls are afraid of.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Facing New, and Somewhat Vague, Fraud Allegations

As if his new life in a Swedish prison for allegedly hacking the tax records of Swedish company Logica weren't bad enough, The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg ("anakata" to his pirate friends) is now facing additional suspicions of aggravated fraud and attempted aggravated fraud. While the they are currently considered only "suspicions" and not "charges," that's all officials need to detain someone indefinitely because that's how they do things in Sweden.

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Swedish Nuclear Plants Host Surprise Activist Slumber Party, Intruders Avoid Detection for 28 Hours

Nuclear plant security is one of those things that pretty much everyone agrees on. In essence, it's probably a bad idea to let just anyone wander around a nuclear facility without proper clearance. Just wanting security to be without faults doesn't make it that way, unfortunately. After around 70 Greenpeace activists swarmed two nuclear plants in Sweden, six managed to avoid security overnight by hiding out on rooftops. In fact, plant owner Vattenfall claimed that all the activists had been detained and their security measures had worked.

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