Swedish Mosques attacked
A growing anti-immigration sentiment in Sweden is thought to be responsible for no less than three fires in Swedish mosques between Christmas and New Years, and at least a dozen confirmed attacks on mosques in Sweden throughout 2014. No serious injuries have been reported. Many in Sweden see the incidents as a reflection of growing Islamophobia amid concern that mass immigration is fuelling the rise of the populist far right in the traditionally tolerant Nordic country, which is expected to receive a record 100,000 asylum applications this year. In response, thousands of people have been turning out to anti-racism rallies in Sweden's major cities.

A student unearths dinosaur bone
In an area where experts have been searching for fossils for 150 years, a high school student from southern Sweden has discovered the remains of Sweden’s first known carnivorous dinosaur. Clarence Lagerstam, of Kristianstad in Skåne, found a small piece of bone when he was searching in an area popular with fish and reptile fossil hunters. Experts believe the bones are the remains of a large dinosaur that lived around 80 million years ago when the region had a warm climate, similar to that of today’s Mediterranean.

Swedish bunnies set records
For the first time in several years, Sweden will be well represented in the Yorkshire's Small Animal Show in England — with rabbits. Bunny athletics actually originated in Sweden in the 1970s, and it spread to England in 2011, when Swedish bunnies first competed at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Danish hoppers still lead with world records for the high jump (close to a meter) and the three-meter long-jump. This year, Swede Karin Molin hopes her prize rabbit can beat his own personal record. “My rabbit Micro loves the events and has had several high placements from championships in Sweden and did very well in England last year,” she said. Tina Larsson, from Borlänge, brings back the competition with her two rabbits, the reigning Swedish champions.