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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  

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  

Almedalen 2015 with the Nordic Council
'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  

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US herring video is 'an insult to Sweden'
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US herring video is 'an insult to Sweden'

A fermented herring expert has expressed outrage at a BuzzFeed video in which Americans turn up their noses at the Swedish delicacy. Their comments, he says, are an “insult to the Swedish people and Swedish culture”. 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  

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  

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  

Almedalen 2015 with the Swedish Institute
Why is Sweden still working with Russia?
Panelists discuss the importance of cooperating with Russia. Photo: The Local

Why is Sweden still working with Russia?

Relations between Russia and the EU might be tense, but Sweden is working hard to build connections - from the ground up. READ  

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Swedish women’s sex habits: riskier than ever
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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  

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  

Features
Opinion
Why Almedalen just keeps getting better
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven 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  

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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  

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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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Almedalen 2015
Prime Minister promises more jobs for young
Stefan Löfven making his keynote speech on Tuesday. Photo: TT

Prime Minister promises more jobs for young

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven focussed on tackling youth unemployment and maintaining an open, liberal society in his first Almedalen speech since becoming Prime Minister. READ  

Greece crisis
Swedish bank jitters as Greece crisis swells
A woman outside a closed bank in Greece. Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Swedish bank jitters as Greece crisis swells

People travelling from Sweden to Greece are being warned to withdraw cash before setting off, while the Swedish Prime Minister has criticized the Greek parliament’s snap referendum on a possible Grexit. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with Swedavia
'Biofuels critical for climate-friendly flights'
Sweden's Karlstad Airport was first in the world to have a dedicated pump for aviation biofuel. File photo: Karlstad Airport

'Biofuels critical for climate-friendly flights'

Sweden could become a leading producer of aviation biofuel, but industry efforts to stimulate demand for 'green flights' risk falling short if politicians don’t join the effort. READ  

Swedes to tie the knot for free at next Pride party
Around 60,000 people took part in Stockholm's Pride Parade last year. Photo: Annika af Klercker/TT

Swedes to tie the knot for free at next Pride party

Want to walk down the aisle without paying a krona? Lovebirds hoping to make their affection permanent are being offered the chance to get married for free during Stockholm's Pride Week later this summer. READ  

Swedish Ship to Gaza boarded by Israeli troops
Ship to Gaza crew members on board Marianne of Gothenburg. Photo: Ship to Gaza

Swedish Ship to Gaza boarded by Israeli troops

Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza said it had failed to reach members of its crew after the vessel they were on was boarded by Israeli soldiers in the early hours of Monday. READ  

Fires and suspect bomb in new Malmö unrest
A police officer in Malmö investigating separate violence earlier this month. Photo: TT

Fires and suspect bomb in new Malmö unrest

Fresh violence erupted in Malmö in southern Sweden overnight, with several cars set on fire and suspected explosives found in a grocery store. READ  

Almedalen 2015
BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Two
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaking on Monday. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

BLOG: Sweden's political power forum - Day Two

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has taken to the stage at Almedalen, the Nordic nation's annual gathering of power players, and made cutting youth unemployment a key pledge. READ  

Greece crisis
Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece
People line up to withdraw cash from an ATM outside a Piraeus Bank branch on the island of Crete, Greece. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Europe's tourists urged to take cash to Greece

UPDATED: European nations on Sunday told their nationals to carry cash with them when vacationing in Greece as the country hurtles towards a banking crisis. READ  

Nationalist leader keeps male support base
Photo: TT

Nationalist leader keeps male support base

UPDATED: A new poll for Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has confirmed that Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats continues to have a strong male support base. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with Swedavia
Backstage at the hottest Almedalen hangout
A view inside Gate Almedalen from 2014. Photo: Swedavia

Backstage at the hottest Almedalen hangout

As the Baltic island of Gotland welcomes swarms of Swedish powerbrokers, The Local takes a sneak peek at Gate Almedalen, a massive airport-inspired tent where everyone who’s anyone can be found. 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  

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll
Photo: DPA.

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll

Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans' efforts to fight Isis, according to a new poll. 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  

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'
The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP

US embassy in Paris is 'home to secret spy nest'

Reports in France suggest the US spied on French presidents from a secret spy nest on the roof of its embassy in Paris, which stands just a stone's throw from the Elysée palace. 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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