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Five great reasons to move to northern Sweden

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 21:59
The north of Sweden is often overlooked and underrated, but the quality of life on offer is among the best in Europe, writes contributor Paul Connolly. Here's his list of reasons to consider a move to Norrland.

Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to book first World Cup quarter-final appearance since 1994

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 09:29
Sweden reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years after Emil Forsberg's deflected shot earned a scrappy 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

'I think we'll get to the semifinals': Swedes confident about Sweden's World Cup hopes

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:13
Sweden face Switzerland in the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday and it seems Swedish confidence in how the team will do is growing. We took to the streets of Malmö to find out how far fans think they can go in Russia 2018.

Ten things you didn't know about Mariefred, the most charming town in Sweden

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:20
Mariefred is the most charming town in Sweden, argues contributor Oliver Gee, who explains why visitors should make the trip just 50 kilometres west of Stockholm to discover its old wooden homes, craft shops, and cobblestones stretching down to the ever-inviting Lake Mälaren.

'Swedes know what they have to do for the environment, but don't always do it'

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 04:47
Sweden is regularly hailed as a world leader when it comes to environmental policy, but the country still has a long way to go in tackling pollution and climate change, young ambassadors from an environmental NGO have warned Swedish authorities.

Girl taken out of Sweden despite risk of honour violence

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 04:27
Swedish social services have been criticized after a 12-year-old girl from Norrköping was taken abroad despite being singled out as being at risk of honour violence.

‘Short e-mails aren't a sign someone is annoyed with you’: New book helps internationals grasp Swedish workplace culture

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:50
In her new book co-written with Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux, Stockholm-based relocation specialist Anne Pihl attempts to help internationals navigate the tricky world of Swedish working life. Pihl told The Local how she hopes to assist newcomers, and picked out some of Sweden's essential unwritten workplace rules.

'It's football, not politics': Blatter criticises Swedish government for World Cup boycott

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 00:56
Disgraced former Fifa President Sepp Blatter has criticised Sweden's government for its diplomatic boycott of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, saying they "should have been there from the start".

'Very unusual' seismic activity as three minor earthquakes shake Sweden in ten days

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:50
Götene in western Sweden was hit by a minor earthquake on Monday evening, with experts describing the seismic activity as unusual for Sweden.

New border controls introduced at airports and ports across Sweden

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:58
Passengers travelling in and out of Sweden might see more police in more locations than previously, as the interior border controls are stepped up at large airports and several sea ports.

Opinion: Swedish democracy is strong, but there are warning signs

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 21:59
The fact that many Swedes believe journalists are influenced by preconceptions or political leanings in their reporting could have serious consequences and should provoke soul-searching among the media, writes Johan Martinsson, head of Sweden’s SOM-Institute which focuses on research on Swedish media, politics, and public opinion.

Sweden v Switzerland: 12 facts to help you tell them apart

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 07:00
Sweden square off with Switzerland in the World Cup knockout stage on Tuesday in a meeting that is likely to confuse more than a few neutrals who aren't quite sure which country is which. With that in mind, we've pulled together 12 simple facts that should help you tell them apart…

'We lost one of the world's greatest': Captain Granqvist praises Sweden for moving on from Zlatan

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:50
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence at the World Cup has allowed Sweden's other players to shine, according to their captain Andreas Granqvist.

Almedalen: Sweden's summer politics extravaganza in numbers

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 03:11
If you find yourself in Sweden during July, you're going to hear a lot of talk about Almedalen. A huge festival where political parties, businesses, media, and other organizations gather for a week of seminars and events -- there's nothing quite like it elsewhere in the world.

Why coffee was banned in Sweden five times

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:51
Småland-based writer and historical researcher Victoria Martinez explains why Sweden once thought coffee was so dangerous they banned it no less than five times.

IN PICTURES: Tour Sweden's natural wonders with this landscape photographer

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 02:10
Landscape and lifestyle photographer Flar Foster's epic photos of Sweden aren't to be missed. He takes The Local through some of his favourites and shares a few Swedish photography tips.

Three taken to hospital after Swedish cricket match ends in brawl

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 00:54
Three people were taken to hospital and police called in after a cricket match in Gothenburg descended into a brawl with bats used as weapons.

Sweden hit by a wave of forest fires

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 22:27
Large parts of Sweden are currently affected by forest fires after an extended period of unusually warm, dry weather.

'Stockholm has made things I hadn't even imagined possible'

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:59
When Jamie Mackinnon decided to leave the UK he didn't even know he would end up in Sweden, let alone end up learning the craft of building guitars there. The luthier explains to The Local how a chance meeting gifted him with a new passion.

World Cup: without Zlatan, Sweden's team spirit shines

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:58
Shorn of a superstar since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's retirement, Sweden were not expected even to make it to the World Cup but now they are within reach of their first quarter-final for 24 years.