First female chef in Sweden wins Michelin star
Swedish chef Titti Qvarnström, 35, has been at her Malmö restaurant for five years. She is the first woman in Sweden to run a kitchen that has been given a Michelin star, awarded for excellence to only select restaurants. Bloom in the Park, a European-style restaurant, does not have a menu but promises the best food according to availability, day and mood. Not only is this a first for a female chef, but it’s also a first for Malmö — two other Malmö restaurants earned stars for the first time, marking the first time establishments outside of Stockholm or Göteborg have won. In fact, "With three star restaurants in the Michelin Guide, we've put Malmö on the fine-dining map," Johan Hermansson, director of tourism for the city said in a news release. Elsewhere in Sweden, 14 restaurants in Stockholm and Gothenburg were awarded Michelin stars this year. More info, see

American skiers make history in Sweden
Sweden’s own Charlotte Kalla placed first in the individual ladies' freestyle Nordic World Ski Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Falun, Sweden. But, two skiers from Minnesota raced an award-winning, best-ever finish by the U.S. team, creating an explosion of celebration for the historic results. Jessie Diggins, 23, of Afton, MN and Caitlin Gregg, 34, of Minneapolis finished second and third in the 10K individual freestyle cross-country ski race behind Kalla, who won the gold medal by an impressive 40 seconds. “We’ve never had U.S. girls on the podium at a distance event at the World Champs — and to have two? It’s incredible,” Diggins said. Snow was falling in Falun in central Sweden, making conditions more and more unpredictable. The favored Norwegians misjudged their wax, but he U.S. skiers took advantage of great work from their service team to capitalize on the conditions, making Diggins and Gregg the first American women to win medals in a distance event at the Nordic world championships. In fact, In the 90-year history of the Nordic world championships, Americans had won only three medals in cross-country events.

Sweden and Germany work together
Sweden and Germany's leaders recently met and agreed to cooperate in immigration matters. Since the two countries receive more immigrants than any other European country, they "face common issues with migration and integration," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a joint press conference following the meeting she had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. "We agree that people fleeing for their lives must be protected ... [but] we need to get better distribution of refugees in Europe.” According to a recent report by Amnesty International, 50,235 people have sought asylum in Sweden in the past three years, which currently takes in more refugees per capita than any other European country. The Swedish government has pledged 1,200 resettlement places. Germany received 46,265 new Syrian asylum applications in the same period, and has promised 30,000 resettlement places. The remaining 26 EU countries have pledged just 5,105 resettlement places between them.