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28 brilliant and bizarre world records held by Sweden and the Swedes

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:15
From statistics about coffee and twins to plainly unbelievable skills in frog-jumping and match-throwing, this country and its citizens got a lot of interesting things to offer. Here are 28 of the most interesting world records held by Sweden and the Swedes.

Swedish authorities urge hunters to shoot young elk

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 01:42
The county administrative board in Östergötland, southern Sweden, has changed the rules for the hunting season following the unusually warm summer, and called for as many calves to be shot as possible.

Sweden accused of breaking EU law over long residence permit wait times

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 01:15
Sweden's Migration Agency has violated EU law by failing to issue residence permits within agreed time limits, a new complaint to the European Commission claims.

Jail for boozed-up Russian captain who ran ship aground in Sweden

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 23:33
A Russian captain who ran his ship aground off the coast of Helsingborg in southern Sweden and then tried to hide a whisky bottle has been sentenced to four months in jail for being drunk at sea.

Trial of Frenchman at centre of Swedish Academy scandal starts today

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 22:33
The man at the centre of rape and sexual assault allegations that prompted the Swedish Academy to postpone the Nobel Literature Prize faces trial today.

Centre-right Alliance declines offer of 'cross-bloc' parliamentary speaker

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 05:00
Sweden's Social Democrats have called for discussion on presenting a 'cross-bloc' candidate for parliamentary speaker, but the centre-right parties show no sign of accepting the offer.

'We need examples': Malmö founder on female-led startups

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 03:06
Malmö startup incubator Minc is committed to getting more women into the city's startup world. The Local went to its Nordic Female Investor Meetup to find out how.

Stockholm startup launches quiz to test your 'Jante level'

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 02:36
Most foreigners in Scandinavia will have their own experiences, good or bad, with the concept of 'Jante'. Now you can complete an online quiz to determine whether your personality and behaviour is in conflict with the unspoken code of conduct.

Is Sweden's gaming industry running out of workers?

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 02:18
The Swedish gaming industry is growing fast. This might sound positive, but the industry is now warning that it's running out of people to hire. Why is that, and what does it mean for the sector?

Sweden the best country for global development, new study declares

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:09
Sweden is the world leader at contributing to positive development in the world's poorer nations, thanks in part to strong migration policy, according to a new report by the US-based Centre for Global Development (CGD).

Finns accused of smuggling tonnes of Swedish snus across the border

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 23:15
Prosecutors believe the Finns had been running a snus smuggling ring for years.

In stats: How gender equal is Sweden's new parliament?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:29
Sweden's new parliament is made up of 188 men and 161 women, but some parties are less gender equal than others.

Opinion: Protectionism and nationalism won't stop startups

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 21:47
Swedish startups have a bright outlook and are keen to grow internationally, despite nationalist trade wars, write business chiefs Daniel Sonesson and Erik Olofsson.

Why a railway caused a major upset in Gothenburg elections

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 08:00
Sweden's general election provided an inconclusive result on the national level, with neither bloc winning a majority. But in the country's second city, there was an even bigger upset when a party founded just a year earlier came second in the vote. The Local explains how it all started with a railway.

How a hostel dispute became a diplomatic row between China and Sweden

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 04:11
An apparent mix-up over check-in time between a group of Chinese tourists in Stockholm and the hostel they were staying in has escalated into a diplomatic row between China and Sweden.

'Classical music attracts everyone, even gangsters'

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 01:58
MY SWEDISH CAREER: Justina Auskelyte is Malmö's Violinist on a Bike. Not that such a job ever existed – but the Lithuanian created it, and the city seems to love it.

Shots fired at home in Malmö suburb

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 23:25
Police were called out to investigate after shots were fired at a home in Malmö on Sunday.

Truck overturns in Stockholm during rush hour

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:49
The motorway south of Stockholm was blocked on Monday morning after a truck toppled over.

Japanese novelist Murakami pulls out of Sweden's 'new Nobel'

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 06:21
The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has asked for his nomination for the 'New Nobel Prize’ to be withdrawn, so that he can concentrate on his writing.

Opposition hits back at Swedish PM: 'Alliance is still the biggest'

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 04:59
The leader of Sweden’s centre-right Moderate party pledged once again to oust the country’s prime minister Stefan Löfven after the final result of last week's election was confirmed on Sunday.