Swedish men – oldest in the world.
Congratulations to all you Swedish men! You have now passed the Japanese and are the oldest men in the world (well, actually men in Andorra and Singapore are older, but since both those nations have such small populations, they are not included in the study). The average Swede with stubble lives to be 79.1 years, according to Statistiska Centralbyrån. Japanese women, however, keep the trophy. The average age of Japanese women is 85.6 years, while Swedish women’s average age is 83.15. The reason we’re getting older is much thanks to the fact that we lead healthier lifestyles today. But it’s also a matter of education. “People who have studied at college level might add 4-5 years to their lives,” explains Denny Vågerö, Professor of Medical Sociology. “We see the same development all over Western Europe.”

5 tips for a prettier summer.
All right, let’s admit it, bikini season has arrived and are we ready for it? No. But here are a few tips on how to make ourselves a bit more attractive this season. They come from health coach Zarah Öberg, they are all fairly cheap, and you don’t need much to execute them. 1. Are tired eyes your problem? Treat them with the watery cucumber. That old trick of putting cucumber slices over your eyes and resting for 15-20 minutes really does work. The cool cucumber will soothe the entire eye area and you will look rested. 2. If your eyes are puffy, peel and cube a root celery (about 150 g), bring to a boil in 2 cups of water (covered), and let simmer for 20 minutes. Drink 7 oz. every day for a week. 3. Troublesome hair? Bring back the shine with a ripe avocado. Spoon out the almost overly ripe avocado, massage into hair (but try to avoid the scalp), let sit for 30 minutes, wash and rinse. 4. Get rid of your dandruff, by using 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar instead of your regular conditioner. 5. For whiter teeth slice a strawberry and rub it over your teeth.

Swedes in favor of Euro referendum.
A little over half of Sweden's voters want a new referendum on whether to adopt the euro as their currency, a survey May 20 showed. According to Stockholm-based Novus Opinion, 51 percent of 1,000 respondents said they favored a new vote. Fourty-four percent were against, while the remainder was undecided. The margin of error for the May 5-11 poll, commissioned by the pro-euro Liberal Party, was about 3 percent. Swedish voters rejected the euro in a 2003 referendum by a 56 percent margin. However, the global financial crisis has rekindled debate about whether Sweden would be better off with the common currency. Supporters say the euro would make the country less vulnerable to currency swings, while skeptics say dropping the krona would eliminate an important tool for controlling the economy.

The art of flossing.
People in Skåne are the best flossers (users of dental floss) in Sweden. And the women are better than the men, reveals a new study. All dentists remind us of the importance of flossing, but many of us simply ignore it. “But it IS important,” says dentist Claes Virdeborn in a press release from Aquafresh. “The toothbrush simply doesn’t reach everywhere.” So why don’t we floss? Well, 51% of us simply forget, 37% of us think it’s too much work, 28% feel it takes too long, and 24% say it’s unpleasant to floss.