World through the Swedish lens
Iran rejects new Swedish ambassador : Iran's Foreign Minister announces that Iran will not accept Sweden's new ambassador until the Swedish government takes strong measures in response to a Quran burning event in Stockholm. This decision comes after protests outside Sweden's embassy in Tehran, and Iran also states that their ambassador will not be sent to Sweden.
Baghdad protesters target embassies : Protesters in Baghdad attempt embassy storming, but were pushed back by security forces, avoiding entry into the Green Zone where government buildings and foreign embassies, including the Swedish and Danish ones, are located. The former Swedish Prime Minister, Carl Bildt , warns that the current crisis sparked by Quran burnings is worse than previous incidents in 2007. This situation poses a significant security threat to Swedish interests and could escalate further, increasing tensions. The government is attempting to calm the situation to protect Swedish citizens and interests abroad, but the challenges related to religious conflicts make it much harder to handle.
Two tons of snus seized : Finnish Customs discover nearly two tons of snus, with 17 individuals involved in a large-scale smuggling operation, resulting in possible earnings of half a million euros and over 735,000 euros in evaded taxes. The case has been classified as aggravated tax fraud, smuggling offenses, and illegal handling of imported goods.