A trophy for the prince
After missing Volvo Polestar Race because he was on his honeymoon, Prince Carl Philip wasted no time in returning to the car racing circuit - and winning the Scandinavian Touring Car Championships in Falkenberg, Sweden on July 11, 2015. It was his and his wife's first public appearance since they were married and spent a three-week honeymoon in Fiji. The royal racecar driver, who goes by Carl Philip Bernadotte on the track, edged out four-time STCC champion Richard Göransson to take the top spot in the second heat. Göransson got his revenge when he and third-place winner Mattias Anderson ceremoniously sprayed the prince with champagne on the podium.

Ugly food sells in Sweden
It’s not a new idea elsewhere in Europe, but the selling of misshapen, discolored or nearly expired fruits and vegetables is catching on in Sweden, too. Starting this fall, in an attempt to reduce food waste, several Swedish retailers have decided to sell "ugly" food at reduced prices. Some data shows that 15 to 30 percent of produce is discarded before it reaches the stores - simply because of appearance. But that which is perfectly good will soon be sold in some Swedish Coop stores, and a new discount food store is scheduled to open this fall as Axfood launches a store in Stockholm in cooperation with the Stockholm Stadsmission (Stockholm City Mission). Prices are expected to be 70 percent lower, but shoppers will need a membership card to prove their need for discounted products.


Jellyfish invade Sweden
Oceans are getting warmer, and many creatures are finding their way to new waters. Blue jellyfish are usually found in warmer waters than those off the west coast of Sweden, but they have made their way there this season - in big numbers. The marine animals have been stinging more than people, actually, as they've been congregating in blooms (large “schools” of jellyfish) and causing fish deaths and even power outages. The blue jellyfish has come around from time to time, but "there has not been a bloom like this in more than 10 years," said Lene Friis Möller of the University of Gothenburg. Sweden doesn’t – yet – have a a monitoring system to count jellyfish, but Möller says the numbers are on the rise off the west coast due to a complex pattern of factors including changing currents, temperatures and food availability. She says swimmers should be on the lookout for the stinging creatures, but they shouldn’t worry about getting hurt – a sting is unpleasant, but it can usually be washed away with a good rinse of water.