House of Cards lures Swedish actor
Joel Kinnaman, 36, has been cast in the fourth season of the hit Netflix drama House of Cards. He may not be a U.S household name just yet but his role as antihero Rick Flag in the upcoming action drama Suicide Squad (To be released August 2016), a part originally to be played by Tom Hardy, is set to change that. One of Sweden's biggest stars, Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm and has dual citizenship in Sweden and America. He has appeared in many films and television roles, rising to stardom in the U.S. thanks to his role in the AMC series The Killing, in which he played detective Stephen Holder, as well as Alex Murphy in the 2014 RoboCop remake and Mike Conlon in Run All Night. The 2010 Swedish-produced Snabba Cash (Easy Money) is what bought both Kinnaman and the movie’s director Daniel Espinoza (Safe House, Child44) tickets to Hollywood. His exact role in the Emmy-winning House of Cards hasn’t been leaked, though he is on set with another distant Swedish connection, Kate Mara, the sister of Rooney Mara, who plays the title character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the Swedish Millennium book series. House Of Cards Season 4 premieres March 4 on Netflix (online teaser: Netflix Season 4).

Job market opens up
While 4,100 new employees are wanted on the Swedish police force, jobs within Sweden's entire labor market are expected to be plentiful in 2016. The Employment Service's forecast is the labor market will increase employment for a variety of reasons but unemployment will remain about the same because of the population increase in the country. "There will be many job openings, with chances for many people to establish themselves in the labor market,” said Håkan Gustavsson, an analyst at the Employment Service, adding: "The lack of teachers and health professionals are at record levels." Teachers, science and health care professionals, and for the first time in years, industrial workers are in high demand. Careers requiring a college degree have the greatest shortage of labor: physical and mental health care professionals, teachers and engineers in all disciplines. Jobs requiring other levels of education are also needed in the food and hospitality industries; mechanics, contractors and skilled workers are needed.

Swedish professor new health chief of UNICEF
Stefan Swartling Peterson, professor of Global Health at Uppsala University since 2012, has been appointed as the Chief of Health at UNICEF in New York. As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, Peterson’s research focuses on medical assistance and healthcare in low-income countries. He has done extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and has worked with different ministries of health, organizations such as WHO, and implemented projects supported by Sida, the Gates Foundation, and the European Union.