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ANALYSIS: Löfven’s return as Swedish PM carries ‘high price’ for all

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 04:11
The four-party deal struck on Friday that would allow Stefan Löfven to remain Sweden’s prime minister will require serious concessions on all sides, Swedish media from across the political spectrum wrote on Saturday.

Friday night shooting leaves one dead, one injured in central Sweden

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 03:20
One man was killed and another injured in a shooting incident that occurred in Borlänge late on Friday night.

Swedish word of the day: varsågod

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 07:27
The word 'varsågod' is one you'll hear quite early on when learning Swedish, so here's a look at exactly what it means, when to use it, and when not to.

Malmö's Möllevången rape suspect arrested in Finland

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:27
The man suspected of raping a woman in November in Malmö's Möllevången Square is now being held pending trial, after he was arrested in Finland and extradited.

How Brexit and the fight for rights united Britons from across Europe

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 04:15
The trauma of Brexit and the fight to make sure the UK's divorce from the EU does not ruin the lives of 1.2 million Brits living across the EU has brought people together both online and in person. This is the story of how the 'citizen of nowhere network' came together.

Work permit rules complicate cross-border commuting for non-EU citizens

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:31
Thousands of people commute between Denmark and Sweden every day, living in one country and working in the other, and it's a lifestyle the Öresund region is actively trying to promote. But for non-EU workers, the migration law makes things difficult.

Have Sweden's politicians reached a compromise after four-month deadlock?

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 01:56
Sweden's four-month political deadlock may be reaching a conclusion, as Swedish media reported that a deal had been made while the Centre Party, who have emerged as king-makers, held a party meeting on Friday morning.

Storm Jan: Transport disruptions and power outages in northern Sweden

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 01:00
Sweden's meteorological institute has issued weather warnings for parts of northern Sweden, where a large storm swept in on Thursday night, causing school closures, power outages and transport disruptions.

Swedish snap election could be held on April 7th

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 23:33
Swedish election authorities have proposed that a potential snap election if the country fails to form a government be held on April 7th at an expected cost of 346 million kronor.

#MySweden: 'I am in eternal gratitude to this city'

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 22:59
Every week one of The Local's readers takes over our Instagram account. Today Geetanjali Saini from India shows us her Umeå.

Sweden's Olympic bid hampered by political vacuum

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 22:51
Sweden's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics faces several obstacles: Stockholm's refusal to back the campaign and the country's lack of a government more than four months after the election.

Swedish word of the day: blunda

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:24
Here's a Swedish word with no direct English equivalent, but which is useful for everyday conversation.

Members' quiz: Can you name the largest Swedish cities by population?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:02
Stockholm is Sweden's largest city, but what about all the rest? Put your knowledge to the test in our short quiz for Members of The Local.

Malmö woman jailed for sending partner 100 fake letters

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 07:01
A woman in Malmö has been jailed for sending more than 100 anonymous letters to her live-in partner, purporting to be from a jealous ex, as well as women’s underwear, handcuffs, and a rusty razor blade.

The sun has returned to Sweden's northernmost towns

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 01:36
Most of Sweden is currently grappling with below zero temperatures and bracing for strong winds, but in the north of the country there's reason to celebrate with the sun appearing above the horizon this week for the first time in 2019.

Swedish officials ban Christian car registration plate

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 23:53
Swedish transport authorities have denied a car owner's request to have his number plate changed to reflect his religious beliefs.

Sweden's prime minister rivals to make their final case

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 23:16
Sweden's search for a new government – four months after the election – is approaching the finishing line. But does that mean a new prime minister or a snap election?

Malmö accidentally 'sacks' 4,800 employees

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:12
Malmö’s municipal government accidentally laid off 4,800 of its employees during an update to its IT systems, leaving then unable to log into their computers or emails.

These were the most expensive properties sold in Sweden in 2018

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 07:58
The most expensive property sale in Sweden last year took place in the Stockholm archipelago municipality of Ekerö, a new list reveals.

Swedish word of the day: ålahue

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 06:43
Scanians don't take fools gladly, and that's reflected in the local language. The inhabitants of Sweden's southernmost county have as many ways of calling someone stupid as the indigenous peoples of the Arctic have for snow (almost).