500-year-old sea monster found in Swedish waters
After 520 years at sea, a "sea monster" was raised this week by a team from Sweden’s Blekinge Museum and Södertörn University. The creature, carved at the end of an 11-foot-long beam, was meant to scare the enemy from a ship belonging to the Danish King Hans. The ship, named Gribshunden, or "Grip Dog," was anchored in the Swedish town of Ronneby when it sank after a fire in 1495. According to Marcus Sandekjer of the Blekinge Museum, the surprisingly well preserved find is a rare artifact. "No similar item from the 15th century has ever been found anywhere in the world," he said.

Men in Sweden now outnumber women
For the first time in Swedish history, as the total population edges toward 10 million, new interim data shows there are more men than women living in the Nordic country. More boys than girls are born every year in Sweden, but they are usually outlived by women, giving the nation's female population the edge. But on Aug. 17, 2015 Statistics Sweden revealed that women have been in the minority in Sweden since March 20. The population has increased in all provinces, except Norrbotten, and as of June 2015, Sweden’s population was 9,793,172. This is nearly 46,000 more than at the end of 2014, mainly due to a relatively high immigration. Statistics Sweden suggests the shifting demographics are due largely to the fact that more men than women immigrate to Sweden to seek asylum and find work. The breakdown: 4,894,904 women vs 4,898,268 men. The biggest increases are in the major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.