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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of Pirate bay, is pictured in Stockholm, February 16, 2009. Warg, a 27-year-old Swede and co-owner of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites, arrived in Sweden under escort on September 11, 2012 to begin a one-year jail sentence for breaching copyright laws. Picture taken February 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/Scanpix

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg sentenced to two years in jail

Warg was not charged for matters related to The Pirate Bay but for fraud and illegal bank transfers

Sidse Babett Knudsen of 'Borgen' fame

Scandi-geeks descend on Nordicana fan-convention

The cultural phenomenon from the region which has given us series such as The Bridge, Borgen and The Killing shows no sign of slowing

The scene at Montpellier's airport, southern France

Tens of thousands of British travellers stranded after second day of French air-traffic controllers strike

Any flight that travels over the country affected

The BA link-up with Bangkok Airways will give BA customers access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

BA links up with Bangkok Airways for access to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

British Airways passengers will be able to fly to popular Thailand hotspots thanks to a new airline link-up.

London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely

Interiors insider: Orla Kiely

London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely began her career in fashion, but has since become a legend within the interior circle. Her quirky and recognisable prints have featured on various objects from kitchenware and lamps to cars and wallpaper. Her pop-up shops at John Lewis are open until 16 June.

Anthony Hilton: Cutting back too quickly on the cleaners makes a real mess of everything

The population of Iceland is one of the most content in the world

Dynamite: Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye at the Barbican

Music review: Kings of Convenience, Roundhouse, London

Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience last released an album in 2009, but there's no sense of moving forward tonight – it's a comfy old jumper of a show, which at times could do with smartening up, but which swaddles committed fans (of which there are enough to sell-out this substantial venue) in a cosy embrace.

Kastellholmen, Stockholm Archipelago

Why not study in Sweden?

More young Brits are choosing to do their degrees in Sweden than ever before. There's a reason for that, says Catherine Adams; it's a much better place to live and learn

Too Swedish? The Volvo S60 R-Design

Don’t like the taste of Swedes? Well neither does Volvo's new Chinese owner

Are Volvos too Swedish? They are, according to Li Shufu, head of the Chinese firm that bought the car manufacturer in 2010. He told a TV interview that the interiors “feel too Scandinavian”, and the management’s a bit Swedish, too, whatever that means. Volvo’s PR team has swung into action to insist Mr Shufu’s comments got lost in translation, but maybe he’s onto something. Here, Trending presents a handy guide to what is and isn’t  “too Scandinavian”.

Ministers consider 'hospital hotels' for elderly patients to tackle bed-blocking on NHS wards

The Government is considering the idea of “hospital hotels” where elderly patients can recover from illnesses or falls.

Clockwise from top left: Arsenal; Tottenham; Everton; Chelsea. All are pushing for next season’s Champions’ League berths

Arsenal v Tottenham v Chelsea v Everton: Four battle to bag riches of Europe's prize

London and Lancashire clash as Wenger, Villas-Boas, Moyes and Benitez push for next season's Champions' League berths in a race that promises to go to the wire

By next week, temperatures are expected to reach 20C in the south east

Farewell winter! 20C temperatures heading up from the south

Be patient though - they might not arrive until after the weekend

Danny Welbeck tumbled in the box during the first half

Officials criticised on night of World Cup controversy

Fifa have announced suspended referee, Slim Jdidi, will be on the shortlist for the 2014 World Cup

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