More new businesses in Sweden
The number of new businesses increased by nearly 200 between September 2012 and September of this year, according to Bolagsverket (Swedish Companies Registration Office). In total, 4,721 new businesses were registered this September, as compared to 4,537 last September.

Zlatan's secret weapon
Ever wonder what Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's secret to becoming the world's best soccer player is? Apart from talent, hard work and passion, it may very well be Taekwondo. Originating in Korea, Taekwondo (which means "the way of the foot and the hand") is a martial art form that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise, and pays special attention to kicks more than any other kind of martial art. Zlatan trained in Taekwondo for several years.

Burning the midnight oil
More than four in 10 Swedes are studying at colleges and universities by the time they are 24 years old. However, there are great geographical differences: In Danderyd, 79 percent study at age 24, whereas in Norberg and Älvdalen the equivalent percentage is only 18.

Record breaking grades
The boys who graduated from ninth grade earlier this year did so with a record breaking increase in grades. The merit rating increased from 2.6 points to 202.1 points—the biggest improvement ever (or as far as statistics show, which started in 1998). But seen as a whole, the new and more intricate grade scale from A to F, has not influenced the final grades of the ninth graders that much. The merit value as well as the number of students qualified for senior high school is pretty much constant, according to statistics from Skolverket (Swedish National Agency for Education).