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Swedish heatwave leads to weather warnings
Swedes enjoying warm weather in Gothenburg on July 1st 2015. Photo: TT

Swedish heatwave leads to weather warnings

Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far in Sweden, but extreme heat in the south east has got people worried about forest fires. READ  

Almedalen 2015
LIVE: Sweden's political power forum - Day Five
Green party co-spokespeople Gustav Fridolin and Åsa Romson (left) with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Almedalen. Photo: TT

LIVE: Sweden's political power forum - Day Five

Sweden's Green Party is centre stage at Almedalen on Thursday. We're live tweeting from the biggest week of the year for Swedish politicians, journalists, campaigners and businesses. READ  

Swedish firm embroiled in US antitrust lawsuit
Swedish appliances firm Electrolux has been sued. Photo: Fredrik Persson/SCANPIX

Swedish firm embroiled in US antitrust lawsuit

Swedish giant Electrolux's attempt to snap up General Electric's appliance business has been met with a lawsuit by US antitrust officials, saying the $3.3 billion deal would harm consumers. READ  

What's on in Sweden
Six hip spots to sun seek in Sweden's capital
Solstugan sun terrace in Kristineberg. Photo: Solstugan

Six hip spots to sun seek in Sweden's capital

Here's our pick of places to enjoy the warm weather that's finally made its way to the Swedish capital, along with our weekly guide to what's on in the rest of the country. READ  

IN PICTURES
Thousands welcome home Sweden’s heroes

Thousands welcome home Sweden’s heroes

Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården park was packed with tens of thousands of Swedish football fans on Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed the country’s Under-21 team home after their historic European Championship win in Prague. READ  

The Local Travel
Scary taxis lure crime freaks to Stockholm
Stockholm by night. Scary? Photo: Helena Wahlman

Scary taxis lure crime freaks to Stockholm

A new crime tour of Stockholm offers a unique glimpse of Swedish crime history from the comfort of a taxi cab. But will the pricey ride really lure tourists? The Local’s Sophie Inge investigates. READ  

Mediterranean migrant crisis
Swedish ship rescues 104 migrants off Libya
Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon. Photo: Carmelo Imbesi/TT

Swedish ship rescues 104 migrants off Libya

UPDATED: The Swedish coast guard ship Poseidon has rescued dozens of migrants who were travelling in a rubber boat in waters off the coast of Libya’s capital Tripoli. READ  

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‘I don’t feel Swedish, I feel international’
Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, Peter Dahlen.

‘I don’t feel Swedish, I feel international’

Fourteen years ago, American Peter Dahlen was just another “love refugee” in Sweden. Today he’s the Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), working hard to improve trade between Sweden and the US. The Local asked him about connectivity, trade, and life in Sweden. READ  

Interview
‘Swedish should be spoken in Sweden’
Richard Jomshof at Almedalen. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

‘Swedish should be spoken in Sweden’

Top Sweden Democrat politician Richard Jomshof tells The Local all refugees must become fluent in Swedish but “it’s okay” for foreign businesspeople to use English instead. He's also rooting for the UK to quit the EU. READ  

European Under-21 Championship
Sweden celebrates first Euro U21 title victory
Players jump Sweden's goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren after he catches the decisive penalty. Photo: TT

Sweden celebrates first Euro U21 title victory

UPDATED: Sweden was still celebrating on Wednesday after a nail biting penalty shoot-out led the country to victory over Portugal and their first European Under-21 title in history. READ  

Features
Opinion
Why Almedalen just keeps getting better
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven greets Olof Palme's widow Lisbeth at Almedalen this week. Photo: TT

Why Almedalen just keeps getting better

Sweden’s annual politics week might be a slick, choreographed jamboree, but it’s also an amazing way to broaden your horizons. Other countries should learn from it, argues The Local's Managing Editor James Savage. READ  

My Swedish Career
'Foreign workers need a specific kind of support'
Ameek Grewal (left) with friends from his Swedish course. Photo: Private

'Foreign workers need a specific kind of support'

After two years working in banking in London, Canadian-born Ameek Grewal, 29, relocated to Stockholm a year ago and says he's boosted his health as well as his career by living among Swedes. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread
Shellfish on rye bread. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make Swedish shellfish on rye bread

This attractive party appetiser is yummy at any time of year, but is a perfect easy treat if you're hosting guests during the summer. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local. READ  

The Local List
Ten Swedish phrases you only hear in summer
A Swedish summer house. Photo: Ulf Lundin

Ten Swedish phrases you only hear in summer

This isn't the warmest summer in recent years, but it is still leaving plenty of foreigners baffled by Swedes' unique seasonal habits. Here's The Local's guide to navigating small talk when the sun comes out. READ  

Opinion
'How dare Swedes moan it's too light outside'
A midnight swim in Sweden. Photo. Werner Nystrand/Image Bank Sweden

'How dare Swedes moan it's too light outside'

It's the time of year when the sun never sets in the far north of Sweden and even the capital doesn't get dark until gone 10pm. So, after a sun-starved winter, The Local's Maddy Savage hasn't got time for Swedish residents moaning that it's too light at night. READ  

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Crans-Montana: International expat hub
Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photo: Olivier Maire

Crans-Montana: International expat hub

Nestled high up in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Crans-Montana offers stunning panoramas of sky-high mountains and serene lakes. But it's more than a resort - it's home to the next generation of expats in Switzerland. READ  

The Local List
Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with Nordic Cooperation
'The Baltic Sea means everything to us'
Jørgen S. Søndergaard (Greenland), Annika Olsen (Faroe Islands), and Veronica Thörnroos (Åland Islands

'The Baltic Sea means everything to us'

The "Nordic way" receives a lot of praise around the world, not least when it comes to sustainability. The Local went in search of the Nordics’ secret, and we were surprised by what emerged. READ  

Lisa Holm murder
Suspect freed in Lisa Holm murder case

Suspect freed in Lisa Holm murder case

UPDATED: One of the men police have been holding on suspicion of murdering missing teenager Lisa Holm has been released, but his older brother remains in police custody. READ  

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs
What the new submarines could look like. Photo: Saab AB

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs

UPDATED: A deal between Swedish defence giant Saab and Sweden's military for two submarines worth 8.6 billion kronor ($1.04 billion) is set to boost jobs in the Nordic country, chief executive Håkan Buskhe said on Tuesday. READ  

Swedish woman battles killer slug invasion
The 'killer slugs' invade Sweden every year. Photo: Gunnar Lundmark/SvD/SCANPIX

Swedish woman battles killer slug invasion

A Swedish woman armed with nothing but her wits and a bucket has told how she fought off an army of almost 2,000 Spanish slugs. READ  

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Swedish women’s sex habits: riskier than ever
Photo: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/IStockPhoto

Swedish women’s sex habits: riskier than ever

Research shows that young Swedish females are taking more risks when it comes to sex – but why? READ  

Vanished Swedish teen calls mum from Syria
A photo from Nusra Front's Twitter feed in March 2015. Photo: TT

Vanished Swedish teen calls mum from Syria

UPDATED: A 15-year-old girl from southern Sweden who has been missing since last month, has phoned her family to say she’s in Homs in Syria, Swedish media are reporting. READ  

Swede wins $18m in Wall Street harassment case
A Swedish woman sued her Wall Street boss. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Swede wins $18m in Wall Street harassment case

A New York court has ordered a Wall Street mogul to pay $18 million (nearly 150 million kronor) to a Swedish woman who sued her boss for sexual harassment. READ  

Almedalen 2015
BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Three
Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch Thor at Almedalen. Photo: TT

BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Three

Sweden's youngest political leader in history, Ebba Busch Thor has called for a crackdown on homegrown terrorists and lower taxes at Almedalen, the biggest week in Swedish politics. READ  

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Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Inge Rauscher. Photo: Johannes Kernmayer

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Photo: DPA

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain
Electron microscope image of the bacterium that causes diphtheria. Photo: Sanofi Pasteur / Flickr

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain

A six-year-old boy from Catalonia, whose parents chose not to have him vaccinated, has died, almost a month after he became the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in almost 30 years. READ  

French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender
John Jeanette Solstad Remo, one of Norway's foremost transgender rights campaigners. Photo: Amnesty International

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender

Children as young as seven would be allowed to change their legal gender under a bill proposed by Norway’s government on Thursday, bringing it one of the lowest ages for transgender rights anywhere in the world. READ  

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