Eurovision Song Contest goes global
For the first time ever, the world's biggest song contest will be televised in the U.S. Each year, Eurovision takes place at a major European city —this year it’s in Stockholm, and rehearsals are already underway. For the next couple weeks leading up to the contest at the Globe Arena on May 14, singers from 43 countries are flocking to the Swedish capital. Fans who can’t make it to Stockholm can now follow the action ahead of the contest itself, even specifying the countries you want to keep track of. Live stories contain short reports, rehearsals, photographs, videos and more at In addition, the European Broadcasting Union is making it possible to watch the Grand Final in the United States via Logo (part of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group that also includes VH1, MTV and Comedy Central). It will air live on Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. EST and will include a special performance by American superstar Justin Timberlake. The Grand Final will also be streamed in the U.S. on and the LogoTV mobile app.

Kubb season has begun
The 2016 kubb season has begun in the U.S. The old Swedish lawn game is making a comeback, with its American capital in northern Wisconsin, whose motto is: Kubb unites people and creates peace on earth! In 2007, Eau Claire, WI hosted the first official tournament in the U.S. Since then, the game has grown significantly and this year there are over 40 tournaments in the U.S., with the U.S. National Kubb Championship on July 9-10 still open for team registration. The sport is growing with new kubb teams getting organized all the time; teams for all ages and abilities are currently organized in the following areas: Eau Claire, WI; Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN; 
Ely, MN; Rockford, IL; Ravenna, OH; Lindsborg, KS; Ames, IA; 
Des Moines, IA; Alanson, MI; and Huntersville, NC. For more information visit and

Historic victory for unions
On April 29 Swedish union leaders and employers negotiated and agreed on pay raises and working conditions for half a million public sector workers, including retail and railway workers as well as nurses. Now 400,000 employees will have three-year contracts for fairer wages after the Kommunal Union agreed on a deal with the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The union is calling this a "historic victory.""All members get a pay raise in real terms, and nursing assistants get an extra raise," said Annelie Nordström, secretary general of Kommunal. The new collective bargaining agreement will provide each worker a wage increase of 520 SEK ($65) in the first year.