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Swedish woman killed in Florida murder-suicide

A Swedish woman killed by her husband in Florida in a murder-suicide on October 15th had told authorities one month earlier that his swinging lifestyle had led to physical and mental abuse.

The woman, previously identified as Claudia Isabella Krautwurst Healy in the Naples Daily News, was killed by her husband William John Healy III last week in a murder-suicide, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On September 18th, Claudia Healy had called deputies after she and her husband had gotten in a heated argument, according to an incident report. She said that she and her husband were nudists, but that he was also a swinger, which “causes much of their problems,” the report said.

Last Friday, police went to the house that Claudia Healy, 33, shared with her 41-year-old husband after his colleagues noted that he had not been to work in two days, Aftonbladet reported on Saturday. Police, who had previously been called to the residence, found the couple dead in their home.

According to the Naples Daily News, friends and family members said the couple met several years ago on a Miami beach, with one friend describing it as a nude beach, when Healy was visiting her mother, who lives in Florida.

Several months later, they married and were living in Naples, but friends say it was never a happy marriage, according to the report. Soon after they married, William Healy brought his new bride to a “swingers club” in Tampa, making her “completely miserable from that day on.”

She said William Healy attempted to control her life, took things from her, broke her cell phone and would not allow her to have friends. When she took a job as a snack shop attendant, her husband took her paychecks and forced her to ask him for money.

According to a friend, the couple slept in separate bedrooms. Claudia Healy had previously mentioned leaving her husband. At one point, Claudia Healy alleged had an affair with another man and wanted a divorce, which her husband refused.

Separately, friends and family members of William Healy described his wife as a “witch,” “aggressor” and “completely out of control.” One friend told the Naples Daily News that William Healy “was working his butt off to pay for her drinking and smoking habit.”

On Sept. 18, on the way home from an afternoon of drinking on the beach, William and Claudia Healy began to argue, according to an incident report. The argument continued when they arrived home around 7 p.m.

On September 18th, William Healy told deputies that he and his wife had been in “several physical altercations in the past,” adding that she had hit him “over 300 times” and that he had hit her on “numerous occasions.”

He also admitted that the only reason they were still together was so Claudia could obtain US citizenship. Neither were arrested after the incident.

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EXPLAINED: How are Sweden’s cities celebrating new citizens this year?

After two years of virtual celebrations, this year Sweden's cities will once again celebrate the new citizens with a ceremony. Here's what different cities have got planned.

EXPLAINED: How are Sweden's cities celebrating new citizens this year?

Under a 2015 law, all municipalities in Sweden are required to hold a ceremony to welcome new citizens. 

The ceremony is intended to convey to new Swedish citizens that their citizenship is “the most important legal link between the citizen and the state”, that citizenship brings “freedom, rights, and responsibilities”, and that citizenship is one of the grounds of folkstyrelsen, or “government by the peoplein Sweden, and stands for samhörighet, or “belonging” in Sweden. 

Municipalities are reimbursed for part of the cost of hosting the ceremonies. 

Stockholm

Stockholm is once again celebrating new citizens in a ceremony in the Stadshuset building. Around 1,300 of the 6,701 new citizens invited to the ceremony have said they will attend, and they have invited a total of 900 guests to accompany them. All citizens over the age of 18 are allowed to bring one guest and all under the age of 18 two guests. 

The 30-minute ceremony will start with a short musical concert, followed by a speech from the city’s mayor Anna König Jerlmyr and city council chair Cecilia Brinck. 

The ceremony will end with a rendition of Sweden’s national anthem, after which all invitees are invited for fika (coffee and a cinnamon bun) in the building’s Golden Hall or Gyllene sal. 

Only those who became citizens during 2021 are invited to the ceremony, as those who became citizens in 2020 and 2019 were celebrated with a digital ceremony. 

Gothenburg 

Gothenburg is pulling out all the stops, inviting 6,063 new citizens to a ceremony in the Slottsskogen park, on the grass in front of the Björngårdsvillan pavilion in the park. 

The ceremony will involve a performance by the multicultural Dream Orchestra, a group rendition of Sweden’s national anthem, a speech by Gothenburg’s mayor Axel Josefsson, and a concert by the Gothenburg symphony orchestra. 

Malmö 

Malmö has decided to hold a shorter ceremony in 2022 than those it held before the pandemic struck, with a two-hour ceremony outside in the city’s Stortorget Square which are part and parcel of the city’s larger National Day celebrations. 

Some 4,000 new citizens have been invited to the ceremony, but the organisers expect only a few hundred to attend. 

The event will start at 12am, and will start with a speech by Anneli Hultén, Governor of Skåne. The Malmöflickorna dance gymnastics group will march in holding Swedish flags, and a choir will perform. 

At 12.40, Carina Nilsson, chair of Malmö’s city council, will give a speech directly to the city’s new citizens. 

Only those who became citizens in 2021 are invited to the ceremony. Those who became citizens in 2020 were invited to a symbolic planting of flower bulbs at the Ribersborg beach on October 3rd to celebrate Malmö gaining its 350,000th resident. 

Uppsala 

Uppsala is holding a citizenship ceremony in the Uppsala Slott, the castle in the city centre, for everyone in the city who became a citizen in 2021.  Around 2,050 people have been invited, of whom 415 are children, and the city expects around 580 new citizens to attend the ceremony. 

Sweden’s Social Security minister Ardalan Shekarabi will give a speech, as will Eva Edwardsson, chair of the city council, Linda Eskilsson, chair of the city’s cultural committee, and Kholod Saghir, the editor of the freedom of expression organisation Svenska Pen. 

The city’s La Cappella women’s choir will perform. 

Västerås 

Våsterås is holding a ceremony for those who became citizens in 2021, with the chair of the municipality’s council, Anders Teljebäck, holding a speech, and a “flag parade” to the Djäkneberget park where the city is holding its National Day celebrations.

Södertälje 

Södertälje, the satellite town outside Stockholm, has decided to invite everyone who has become a citizen in 2019, 2020 or 2021 to a ceremony at the city’s Torekällberget open air museum and the Råby stage. 

They will get speeches from the mayor Boel Godner, and from the chair of the city council Peter Friström. 

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