Parents live longer
Parents seem to live longer than childless people and the difference is greater among men, according to a new Swedish observational study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The study by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University included more than 704,400 men and 725,200 women, born in Sweden between 1911 and 1925. The difference in mortality between parents and childless people increased with age and was slightly higher among men than women. At age 60, the difference in life expectancy was nearly two years between fathers and adult men without children. The corresponding figure was 1.5 years for mothers, compared to childless women.

House prices continue to rise
Apartment prices in Sweden rose 8 percent in February from a year earlier, according to Svensk Mäklarstatistik, figures from the association of Swedish real estate agents. Prices of single-family homes rose 10 percent.

Swedish dropbox challenger
Swedish dropbox challenger Deego, founded in 2009, has added four million users in little over a year. Five million users around the world use the online backup service, which is free and offers users up to 100 GB free storage space. The company’s revenue comes from Deego’s premium version and add-ons.

Nordea Bank to leave Sweden?
Scandinavia’s biggest financial conglomerate, Nordea Bank AB, has said a Swedish proposal to increase bank fees for a crisis fund may force it to move its headquarters from Stockholm. Sweden plans to raise more than a third the annual fee banks pay into a fund used when a lender needs to be recapitalized or wound down. The government intends to base Nordea’s contribution on the bank’s entire balance sheet, which would include all foreign subsidiaries that have been turned into branch offices.

A smart car for the 21st century
The crowdfunded student startup Uniti Sweden, which raised $1.3 million through FundedByMe, is about to partner with German Siemens. Plans are to build 50,000 electric cars annually, made from sustainable composite materials, beginning in 2018. The two-seat vehicle, called L7e, has a 15kw engine, weighs just under 900 pounds and will take you 90 miles at a max speed of 80 mph. First deliveries are scheduled for 2019 with a projected price tag of $22,000. Uniti Sweden began as an innovation project at the University of Lund, Sweden.