Swedish police aren't taking chances
After the February 14 attack at Krudttonden café in Copenhagen, in which the offender used military assault rifles and killed one person, Sweden is waiting for the Danish police to determine to what extent a Swede was connected to the attack. Swedish artist and activist Lars Vilk, who is known for his controversial drawings of Muhammad, was gathered with about 25 others at the cafe for an event he called Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression, when gunfire shot through the windows. Vilks was not injured in the attack, which is suspected to be a terrorist attack with him as the main target. While that is under investigation, especially in the shadow of the circumstances around the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Swedish police have strengthened surveillance on Jewish businesses, schools and synagogues. National directives are requiring all Swedish police officers at guarded sites to be armed with submachine guns.

Organic sales skyrocket
Sweden's sales of organic foods have increased in the last year by 38 percent, according to figures from Ekoweb (an independent company that publishes organic sales statistics each year). Organic food is a strong trend globally, but Sweden’s increase is the largest in the world. And grocery stores are taking note — they are investing in more organic lines to attract customers and meet customer demand. But organic food can be expensive, so they are also developing new organic product lines that aim to be more affordable. The major Swedish discount chain Willys will be launching 100 new organic products this year, and Coop will launch a number of products, most notably for children. Ica has plans to sell new organics in everything from dairy to more refined products.

Tattoos for hunger project
Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the news again - this time it was in support of hungry children around the world. In a PR stunt to raise awareness for the United Nations World Food Program, Ibrahimovic spontaneously showed off his body after he scored in a match against Caen, France last week. He tore off his shirt, revealing temporary tattoos with the names of 50 people on his upper body — “50 names of the 805 million people who suffer from hunger in the world today,” he said in support of a new humanitarian project called 805 Million Names. “For me there is no worse disaster in the world than hunger. If I could, I would have put the names of all.”