Swedish tabloid Expressen says Swedish journalist Joakim Medin has been released from a weeklong captivity in Syria.

Medin, 30, said in an interview with the paper Sunday that he and his interpreter were captured by Syrian government forces while working in the Kurdish parts of the country.

The paper said Medin, who works as a freelancer for Swedish media, was released late Saturday after spending a week in an isolation cell.

Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ulla Jacobson confirmed that Medin has been released, but was unable to give other details.