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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Swedish c.bank rate hike seen as done deal as inflation picks up

11 Dec 2019

* Headline inflation 1.7% year/year, in line with c.bank forecast

Defiant Nobel winner Handke dismisses questions on Balkan wars

06 Dec 2019

STOCKHOLM Austrian writer Peter Handke, winner of the 2019 Nobel literature prize, said on Friday he preferred anonymous hate mail to questions about his support for Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's strongman during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

UPDATE 2-Swedish economy ups pace in Q3, supports Riksbank hike plans

29 Nov 2019

* Figures unlike to change Riksbank's plan for Dec hike (Adds analyst comment, currency reaction)

Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years

19 Nov 2019

STOCKHOLM A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition. | Video

UPDATE 3-Swedish central bank to hike in Dec, end 5 years of negative rates

24 Oct 2019

* Says rates on hold after Dec for long period (Adds c.bank chief comment)

Swedish central bank to exit negative rates in Dec despite slowdown

24 Oct 2019

STOCKHOLM Sweden's central bank held its benchmark repo rate unchanged at -0.25% as expected on Thursday but surprised many by saying it would bring an end to an almost five-year experiment with negative rates in December even though the economy is slowing.

Swedish Academy defends choice for 2019 Nobel literature prize

17 Oct 2019

STOCKHOLM The Swedish Academy has defended its decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke, saying he had made provocative comments but had not supported bloodshed.

Trio wins economics Nobel for science-based poverty fight

14 Oct 2019

STOCKHOLM U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory. | Video

Austria's Handke and Poland's Tokarczuk win Nobel literature prizes

11 Oct 2019

STOCKHOLM Austrian writer Peter Handke won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was named as the 2018 winner after a sexual assault scandal led to last year's award being postponed. | Video

Swedbank names frontrunner Henriksson new CEO in bid to rebuild trust

29 Aug 2019

STOCKHOLM Swedbank has named Jens Henriksson, the head of insurer Folksam as chief executive officer, as the lender tries to rebuild confidence after a money-laundering scandal.

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