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These guides will help you find and build a career in Sweden

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 05:00
From the job-hunt to the interview to the all-important salary negotiation, here are the guides you need to accompany you as you start a career in Sweden.

Tell us: How long have you been waiting for Swedish citizenship?

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 02:58
Are you waiting for an answer on your Swedish citizenship application, or did you recently receive one? Following the news that waiting times for citizenship are at a record high, we're asking our readers how you've been affected.

Swedish Foreign Minister: 'We demand that Gui Minhai should be released'

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 00:32
Sweden has demanded the release of jailed Swedish citizen Gui Minhai on Tuesday after learning that he had been sentenced to ten years in prison in China.

Why Swedes will eat 221 tonnes of cream and six million buns today

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 23:14
Swedes are expected to gorge on 132 tonnes of almond paste and 211 tonnes of cream today, as the country consumes in total six million 'semlor' – the traditional bun eaten on Shrove Tuesday.

Gui Minhai: China sentences Swedish bookseller to 10 years in jail

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 22:15
More than four years after his disappearance, Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that has caused frosty relations between Beijing and Stockholm.

Explained: What's going on with Sweden's record-long citizenship queues?

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 08:27
As waiting times for Swedish citizenship applications climbed to a record high of over three years, The Local heard from one international resident about the impact of such long waits, and took your questions to the Migration Agency.

Waiting times for Swedish citizenship rise to over three years for the first time

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 08:21
Waiting times for Swedish citizenship applications surpassed three years for the first time in February, according to Migration Agency data.

New weather RECORD: The Swedish town where winter never arrived

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 23:34
Spring has arrived in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö – and one town in Sweden went straight from autumn to spring without winter, for the first time in its history.

Flood warning: Swedish towns on high alert after rivers burst their banks

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 22:33
Halmstad in south-western Sweden has called for national aid as flood warnings rise to the highest level possible.

How Melodifestivalen can boost Sweden's small towns

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 08:12
Ben Robertson travelled to the industrial town of Luleå to watch Melodifestivalen's third heat last week. But is it worth the while of small towns to host Sweden's hyped Eurovision Song Contest try-outs?

Ikea reveals plan to open four new stores in Stockholm

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 05:45
Ikea has revealed plans to open four new stores in the Stockholm region.

Ice-swimming in Sweden: Is this the world's most extreme competition?

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 02:43
Recreational, competitive or for health reasons, Scandinavians aren't short on excuses for jumping into the cold winter waters of the north. In Skellefteå they even celebrate it with a yearly festival.

Fact check: How often do Stockholm's metro escalators actually break down?

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 01:49
Escalators, the unsung heroes of Stockholmers' city-dwelling existence. They are as much a convenience on the morning commute as they are a nuisance when they break down. But what causes the breakdowns, and how frequent are they?

Swedish word of the day: i morgon bitti

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:24
Talking about time in Swedish is confusing. Today we look at a common little phrase that might seem especially puzzling to language learners.

Why electricity prices are set for record lows throughout 2020 in Sweden

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:27
2020 is set to be the cheapest year for electricity in modern Swedish history.

Sweden starts testing new official digital currency

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:23
The Swedish Central Bank, the Riksbank, is launching a pilot scheme for a new digital currency that will aim to show how it could be used by the public as a complement to cash.

Swedish prize will pay one million dollars for sustainable food ideas

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 07:28
A Swedish entrepreneur is funding the initial prizes from his private assets.

Why Sweden's alcohol monopoly is suing a Danish wine app

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 02:26
Sweden's state-run alcohol monopoly Systembolaget has accused a Danish app for rating and reviewing wines of breaking the country's strict laws around sale and advertisement of alcohol.

Country by country: Where do Sweden's immigrants come from?

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:36
Sweden's population has grown by almost one million in one decade, and for the first time since 2013 the biggest group of immigrants are Swedish-born people returning home.

Sweden sees sharp rise in number of working days lost to strikes

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 23:10
Around 7,500 working days were lost in Sweden last year due to industrial action, breaking a years-long trend towards fewer conflicts.