Sweden’s first neutral cemetery
(Culture) The cemetery adjacent to Stora Tuna Church in Borlänge will be the first so-called “neutral cemetery” in Sweden, providing civil funeral services without religious symbols. In addition, symbols will not be displayed or set next to gravesites. Vicar Ann-Gerd Jansson, believes this is a way to embrace Sweden’s multicultural society and provide for different beliefs at the end of life.

Olympic gold metal winner splits with coach
(National) Swimmer Sarah Sjöström has announced that she is splitting from her coach of 10 years, Carl Jenner. The decision was made after the Rio Olympics when Sjöstrlm brought home a gold for the 100m butterfly, a silver and bronze in two other events. Sjöström says she is ready for new challenges. She will continue to train at Sweden’s National Elite Center under coach Johan Wallberg.

H&M queues up long lines for Kenzo collaboration
(Fashion) Lines began forming at 5 a.m. Nov. 3 as customers waited for the release of the new H&M Kenzo collaboration in Gothenburg’s Nordstan. This marks the 13th year the retailer has teamed up with top-name designers offering collections cobranded with Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney and last year, Balmain.

One in five Swedes afraid of death
(Culture) Research firm Inizio and Aftonbladet asked Swedes about their thoughts on death and the afterlife, and discovered that only one in five are afraid of death. More than a quarter of respondents believe in life after death and a quarter are uncertain. The concerns most have are thoughts about leaving children, family and friends, or ideas of not being quite finished with life. Others believe that pain may be involved. The study also reveals that only 16 percent had given clear instructions to family on how to handle end of life arrangements.

Musical think tank for youth
(Culture) Youth thinking on Music, Unga tankar om musik (UTOM), is a new project consisting of 17 members attempting to bring together young musicians working in different genres. Included are professional musicians, managers, agents, producers and education specialists who will work with youth over the course of four years. “UTOM will be a new constructive force in the cultural debate,” said Benny Andersson, mentor of the project. UTOM is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Music and is funded by contributions from various foundations.