Swedish job market strongest ever
(Economy) The Swedish job market is the strongest it's been in 16 years with a record number of job vacancies, reports Arbetsförmedlingen, Sweden’s employment office. "We have good job growth and the unemployment rate continues to fall. Demand for labor is strong. This applies to both private and public sectors,” Håkan Gustavsson, head of research. Job growth in Sweden is expected to add 68,000 jobs this year, according to the report from the employment office. The majority of growth is in the service sector, in technical, programming and IT, teaching and hospitality.

Dedicated Prince bench misspelled
(Culture) The Country Administration Board in Dalarna commissioned a stone bench as a gift to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia for their engagement last year. The bench is to reside near Hykjeberg mountain in the nature reserve outside Älvdalen (Princess Sofia's hometown), but there is a problem: The prince's name is misspelled. "For Prince Carl-Philip and Princess Sofia" reads the engraving. The bench, which already cost tax payers SEK 26,625 ($3,100), will be removed by helicopter and re-engraved prior to the couple's look at the expensive seating arrangements. The correction of the text on the red Älvdalen quartzite bench will hopefully be completed before the royal couple visits for the inauguration of the nature reserve next week.

Bruce Springsteen joins Skavlan
(Entertainment) Bruce Springsteen, who is beloved in Sweden, appears Sept. 23 on Fredrik Skavlan’s Swedish talk show to discuss his history with depression and thoughts regarding the U.S. presidential election. The Boss released his new album, "Chapter and Verse," which is to be the soundtrack for his autobiography, "Born to Run." The artist broke records this summer when he sold out three concerts at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, in the course of one month. The interview can be seen on SVT Play.

50,000 Swedes carry deadly disease
(Health) It is estimated that 50,000 Swedes may have a deadly disease known as FH — hereditary dyslipidemia — and not realize it, reports Aftonbladet. Without treatment, 70 percent will die from cardiovascular disease before the age of 70. The disorder causes greatly elevated levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood, known as bad cholesterol. Men with FH can suffer heart attack and stroke before the age of 50. Women in their 40s are at 30 times higher risk of heart attack than women of the same age in the general population. (To put this in perspective: According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 73.5 million Americans or 31.7% of the U.S. population have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol.)

Manifestation for freedom of expression and press
(Culture) In conjunction with the Gothenburg Book Fair, the theme revolving around Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press, a film was released Sept. 23 where journalists from SVT, TV4, TV3, Radio Sweden, Aftonbladet, Expressen, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet join together in a manifestation of freedom of the press. The release date also marks 15 years that Dawit Isaak has been imprisoned in Eritrea without trial and unable to exercise his right to freedom of the press. Around the world, some 200 to 250 journalists are imprisoned. Watch the film at www.svt.se and SVT Play.