Sweden may help Ireland
The severely crisis-struck Ireland is expected to present a four-year plan on Tuesday on how it can reduce its difficult budget deficit. At the same time, Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says that a Swedish loan to Ireland is not impossible. "If Ireland comes with a loan request, Sweden may surely considerate a bilateral loan. We are close to Ireland and we are always ready to listen and help if we can" Reinfeldt said to the Irish RTE.

Britt Ekland in British reality TV show
She was a James Bond girl already in 1974 (“The Man With the Golden Gun”), and she was a Swedish Hollywood wife long before there was ever a show with that name. Britt Ekland is now making a comeback as celebrity star in the British reality TV show “I’m a celebrity… get me out of here!” which is currently being filmed in Australia. “I’ve never seen the show,” says Ekland, who is 68. “So I don’t know what to expect.” “I’m a celebrity… get me out of here!” is one of the most popular reality TV shows in England, and Ekland will be paid a little bit more than 700 000 SEK ($100,884.04) for participating. “I’m not afraid of spiders or snakes, I’m a mom,” she says. “I have three children. As a mother you can’t be afraid of anything.” When asked how it feels to live close to people, other celebrities, she doesn’t even know for three weeks, Ekland says: “I’m a very physical person. I like to run and work out. Years and years of exercise will help me out.” When Britt Ekland was 22 years old she married the 17 years older “Pink Panther” star Peter Sellers, after having dated him for two weeks. “I tell my children: ‘Take it easy and party, but don’t marry the first person you look at.’”

When dreams keep you from living
A healthy long life and financially independent – that’s what Swedes dream of. But dreams like that, says psychologist Madeleine Gauffin, aren’t always constructive. “It’s important that we don’t create illusions about material stuff saving our lives and making us happier,” she continues. According to a study done by Svenska spel, every third Swede dream about being financially independent – something Gauffin views as worrisome sign or the times. “People are stuck in work situations where they feel more like prisoners. Even though we are doing relatively well, we long for a different kind of life.” Our everyday often seems like a long marathon race, says Gauffin. “Nobody is made to keep the kind of tempo we are currently keeping, still we continue because everybody else does. But many people are not doing very well because of it.” That’s when the power of dreams comes in, dreams can make our lives more endurable. But Gauffin warns about blurry dreams about money, saying these dreams hinder us from living life today, in the here and now. According to Gauffin, it’s better to think a bit differently. “Imagine you have only two more years to live,” she says. “Then what would you do?” The top list of what Swedes want in life: A healthy, long life (62%), financial independence (35%), children, family, or a partner (18%), trips or moving abroad (13%), winning money (13%), a better job, career (11%), better home (7%), more time off, less stress (6%), being happy (1%).

Swedish Riksdag will scrutinize US embassy surveillance
The Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution (Konstitutionsutskottet, KU ) will scrutinize in detail exactly how much the current and earlier ministers in Sweden have known about the US embassy's surveillance of people in Sweden. The Ministers for Justice as well as for Defense Ministers may be called to KU to answer detailed questions. According to Dagens Nyheter there are secret documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which show that already the Social Democratic government in 2002 had information about the American embassy's spy group SDU.