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IKEA Issues KÄT: The World’s First Cat-Proof Sofa

Cat owners rejoice! IKEA customers have been pleading for pet-friendly furniture for years, and the Swedish giant finally responded this week with KÄT, a sofa/cat scratcher hybrid that is designed specifically for pet-loving people. KÄT has normal cushions for human comfort, but its unique base is made from corrugated cardboard. Show More Summary

Jay Z & His Millionaire Musician Friends Just Launched a “Global Music Entertainment Platform”

Back in February, Jay Z purchased a music streaming service called “TIDAL” for $56 million from Swedish tech company Aspiro, and on Monday (Mar 30), the Hip Hop mogul officially announced TIDAL’s relaunch as the first-ever global music entertainment platform owned by artists during a star-studded press conference in New York City. Show More Summary

The ingenuity of the Swedish people

I’ve traveled to Sweden numerous times and I’m always struck by the automation and simplicity of their everyday lives but also in regards to their attention to detail and consistently improving things. Most of it, I think, is borne out...Show More Summary

Tidal and the Elusive Promise of Streaming Music

Monday brought the splashy relaunch of Tidal, the hi-fi streaming music service offered by the Swedish company Aspiro and now helmed by a slew of boldfaced-name "artist stakeholders," including Jack White, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, and Jay Z, whose purchase of Aspiro was recently finalized. Show More Summary

Refused Announce World Tour

21 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

When Refused reunited for a tour in 2012, it seemed to be a one-time thing. Then they fired guitarist Jon Brännström last year, which suggested the seminal Swedish hardcore band had more plans in store. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the band has revealed some of those plans in the form of an intercontinental tour. […]

Arrest warrant out for ex-NHL player Andre Deveaux who slashed player before game

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Swedish prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for ex-NHL player Andre Deveaux, who was caught on camera slashing the leg of another player during warmups before a game last week, Sweden’s TT news agency reports. Per Reuters: The prosecutors acted after reviewing video footage of Deveaux, who has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and […]

?AronChupa: "I've Heard 'I'm An Albatraoz' 100,000 Times"

22 hours agoMusic / Dance & DJ : Vice: Thump

The Swedish viral sensation gets surprisingly honest about his big hit.

A Brilliant Child's Bike Seat That Instantly Transforms Into a Stroller

22 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For a lot of city dwellers a bicycle is their primary form of transportation—even once they have kids. So a Swedish designer named Lycke von Schantz has come up with a clever child's bike seat called the Påhoj that instantly transforms into a lightweight stroller once you arrive at your destination. Read more...

Ukip Demands Apology From Swedish Broadcaster

The British Ukip party, which wants stricter controls on UK immigration, has demanded a “contrite apology” from Swedish public broadcaster SVT after a reporter referred to the party as an “extreme right-wing populist party" during aShow More Summary

His First Halo

Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand took that picture above. It shows a halo around the Sun, replete with parhelia, over Lake Storsjön. That’s his son in the photo. Besides being extremely beautiful and poignant, it’s also just an astonishing shot. Show More Summary

Volvo’s Brilliant “Life Paint” Make Bikes Reflective for Nighttime Rides

22 hours agoArts : Slate: The Eye

Swedish car company Volvo is helping nighttime cyclists defend themselves against cars with Life Paint, a spray-on reflective paint developed by Grey London in collaboration with reflective paint makers Albedo100 that uses special adhesives...Show More Summary

Refused Announce World Tour

Photo by Dustin Rabin The Swedish post-hardcore band Refused originally broke up in 1998 after the release of The Shape of Punk to Come. In 2012, they reunited for a tour, but that ended in the fall of that year. Last year, they fired guitarist Jon Brännström. Show More Summary

Warrant Issued For Former Maple Leaf Andre Deveaux

22 hours agoSports : Deadspin

Former NHL player Andre Deveaux was dropped from his Swedish pro team after losing his mind and slashing an opponent in the knee during a pregame warmup. Now, according to Reuters, a warrant for Deveaux’s arrest has been issued. Read more...

Fares Fare

Taxi Taxi From: Stockholm, Sweden Floating Forever the latest single from Swedish twins Johanna & Miriam Tewolde Berhan aka Taxi Taxi (first featured on the blog way back in 2009, Life Is A CABararet) sounds like First Aid Kit if they did power ballads via the medium of electronica. Show More Summary

Refused announce 2015 US tour (2 NYC shows included)

photo: Refused at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro) Swedish post-hardcore greats Refused briefly reunited in 2012, said the reunion was over, but then announced festival dates this year and also have hinted at a new album. Now they...

Makthaverskan Perform "Witness" at Pitchfork's SXSW Party

Swedish band Makthaverskan performed at the second of Pitchfork's SXSW parties at House of Vans at the Mohawk on March 19. Below, watch them do their single "Witness". Wednesday's party featured Speedy Ortiz (featuring Hannibal Buress!), Courtney Barnett, Rae Sremmurd, Sophie, A. Show More Summary

Cover Revealed For Book Four of The Millennium Series

The cover for The Girl in The Spider’s Web, the fourth installment of the bestselling Millennium series, has been unveiled by The Wall Street Journal. Swedish writer David Lagercrantz picks up where the late Stieg Larsson left off. Deadline reports...Show More Summary

The US government is investigating Apple over patent infringement allegations (AAPL)

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating Apple over allegations of patent infringement, Apple Insider reports. The Cupertino company is locked in an ongoing battle with Swedish telecoms company Ericsson over its use of certain wireless patents that Ericsson holds. Show More Summary

Chainsaw Ice Skating Looks Both Fun And Insanely Dangerous

Video: When I saw this video of Swedish skier Erik Sunnerheim zooming over the ice while carving with a chainsaw two thoughts popped into my mind: At first, I thought it was super-fun and wanted to try it right away, but then all the things that could go wrong started to pile up in my brain taking the shape of a giant nope. More »      

Ferry operator Stena Line tests running ship on methanol

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish ferry operator Stena Line says it has converted one of its ships to enable it to run on methanol, testing the potential of the environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping industry.

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