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Russian bombers seen off Swedish coast
A Russian Tu-22M3 Tu-bomber. Photo: Pavel Golovkin

Russian bombers seen off Swedish coast

Swedish fighter jets were sent on Saturday morning to monitor the activity of two Russian bombers to the east of Gotland. READ  

Swedes on cusp of snail control breakthrough
Snails are enjoying a bumper year at Swedish gardeners' expense. Photo: By macrophile on Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Swedes on cusp of snail control breakthrough

Since the spring, frequent rain has ensured prime conditions for one of the gardener’s biggest enemies - the snail. Swedish scientists, however, may have found the ultimate deterrent. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with the EU Commission in Sweden
'Today's refugees could be tomorrow's Zlatan'
Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

'Today's refugees could be tomorrow's Zlatan'

Sweden is grappling with how to handle a large influx of asylum seekers while some other EU nations brush off responsibility – but it's important to focus on the benefits of immigration as well, high-profile panelists agreed at an Almedalen event. READ  

Almedalen 2015
LIVE: Sweden's political power forum - Day Seven
Left Party leader Jonas Sjöstedt. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

LIVE: Sweden's political power forum - Day Seven

It's the seventh day of Almedalen, the most important week in Swedish politics, and the Left Party is running the show. The Local is live blogging the key moments. READ  

Almedalen 2015
Opposition head pledges lower taxes on first jobs
Sweden's Moderate party leader Anna Kinberg Batra at Almedalen. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

Opposition head pledges lower taxes on first jobs

Moderate Party leader Anna Kinberg Batra spoke about jobs in her first speech at Almedalen since becoming head of Sweden's biggest opposition party. READ  

Jump in solo children seeking Swedish asylum
A playground at Märsta immigration centre in Sweden. Maja Suslin/TT

Jump in solo children seeking Swedish asylum

A record 1447 unaccompanied children sought asylum in Sweden last month, figures from the Swedish Migration Board have revealed. READ  

Almedalen 2015
Cashless society faces backlash from losers
What are the downsides of a cashless society? Photo: Per Larsson/TT

Cashless society faces backlash from losers

Sweden is possibly the nearest thing the world has to a cashless society, but some Swedes are worried about the effects on rural areas, pensioners - and personal integrity. READ  

Julian Assange
France says 'non' to Assange asylum plea
Julian Assange gives an interview on French TV in the wake of the recent spying scandal. Photo: AFP

France says 'non' to Assange asylum plea

Still wanted in Sweden over sex allegations, the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange asked France's president François Hollande to grant him asylum on Friday. But his request was quickly rejected. READ  

Almedalen 2015
Sweden's green leader in second Auschwitz gaffe
Åsa Romson at Sweden's Almedalen Week. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

Sweden's green leader in second Auschwitz gaffe

UPDATED: Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Green Party leader Åsa Romson has stirred up a storm after she placed Auschwitz in southern Germany instead of Poland, her second gaffe about the holocaust. READ  

Oasis star calls Zlatan 'idiot' but 'likes Sweden'
Noel Gallagher performing earlier this year (L) and Sweden’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R): Photos: TT

Oasis star calls Zlatan 'idiot' but 'likes Sweden'

One of the UK’s most iconic Britpop era stars, Noel Gallagher, has caused a stir in Sweden after calling its star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a ‘moron’ and slamming a Nordic journalist. READ  

Features
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  

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  

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  

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The Local's top Swedish songs of the month
Tove Lo - The Local's number one singer for July. Photo: Promo

The Local's top Swedish songs of the month

The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, has been sweating over Sweden's hottest new music so you don't have to. Here's a selection of July's best tracks. READ  

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How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer
A Swede cooling off in a hammock in Visby, Sweden. Photo: The Local

How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer

As summer finally arrives in the Nordics, here are ten tips on how to cool down and look hot, Swedish style. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with the EU Commission in Sweden
'Swedish industry needs US trade deal'
Sofia Sabel/imagebank.sweden.se

'Swedish industry needs US trade deal'

The EU and the US are trying to negotiate a free trade and investment deal. Will they ever come to agreement on transatlantic trade? The EU Commission in Sweden was at Almedalen this week to tackle the issue. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with Akademikernas a-kassa
Gaps don't have to kill your Swedish CV
Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

Gaps don't have to kill your Swedish CV

Breaking into the Swedish labour market can be tough - but gaps in your CV don't have to make it worse. The Local found out how to handle the issue at an Almedalen seminar. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make lamb stew in a creamy dill sauce
The Swedish name for this dish is dillkött, literally dill meat. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make lamb stew in a creamy dill sauce

The Local is at Almedalen this week, so we thought we would bring you a classic taste of Gotland, where the politics conference is based. And you can't get more classic than lamb stew with a dill sauce. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with the Swedish Institute
Sweden to link Baltic region in new ways
One goal of the initiative is protecting the Baltic. File photo: Tuukka Ervasti/imagebank.sweden.se

Sweden to link Baltic region in new ways

Sweden has new responsibilities in the Baltic Sea region, playing an even more important role in joint efforts to boast prosperity, protect the sea, and keep the region connected. READ  

Snake on the slither in southern Sweden
This is (probably) not the snake mentioned in the story. Photo: AP Photo/J Pat Carter

Snake on the slither in southern Sweden

A three-metre long python spotted in a popular park in Malmö remained on the loose on Thursday afternoon. READ  

Almedalen 2015 with ConnectSweden
Sweden's 'incredible' chance to connect
Photo: The Local

Sweden's 'incredible' chance to connect

Sweden's connections to the world are in the spotlight this week, as the hottest names at Almedalen gather to discuss the impact of connectivity on jobs, tourism, and relations with other countries. The Local is on the scene. READ  

Almedalen 2015
'If the Russians come our whole lives will change'
What's on the horizon for Gotland? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

'If the Russians come our whole lives will change'

Recent claims that Russia rehearsed a military takeover of Gotland stirred up fear among Swedes – but how do people living here feel? The Local asked islanders what life is like in the bullseye of Sweden. READ  

Shock as Sweden slashes interest rate
Swedish kronor. Photo: TT/Jonas Ekströmer

Shock as Sweden slashes interest rate

UPDATED: Sweden’s central bank (the Riksbank) has lowered the country’s historic low interest rate even further. The key rate, the repo, now stands at minus 0.35 percent. READ  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
File photo: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia

Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. 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  

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar
The Panther tank removed from a cellar in Kiel, with a prosecutors' evidence label attached to its barrel. Photo: DPA

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank. READ  

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship
Sam Mansour. Photo: Jeanne Kornum/Scanpix

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship

Sam Mansour, who has been dubbed ‘The Bookseller from Brønshøj’ and ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man in Denmark’, on Wednesday became the first ever Dane to have his citizenship revoked for illegal activity. READ  

The Local List
The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

French air traffic controllers call off strike

French air traffic controllers call off strike

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday. READ  

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman
A centurion crosses the road. Photo: Filippo Monteforte

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman

As the mercury rises in Italy and the days and nights get unbearable, we look to the ancient world for tips on staying cool. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

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