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Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Isis: report
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Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Isis: report

As many as 300 Swedes could have joined the Islamic State insurgency, Sweden's intelligence chief said Saturday. READ  

Swede Stenson defends DP World Tour title
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Swede Stenson defends DP World Tour title

Sweden's Henrik Stenson made two birdies on the final two holes to successfully defended his title at the $8 million DP World Tour Championship on Sunday by two shots. READ  

Stolen ancient gold rings returned by post
A Swedish postman. Photo: TT

Stolen ancient gold rings returned by post

A collection of gold rings which date back some 3,000 years mysteriously turned up at the offices of a Swedish newspaper after they had gone missing from a museum collection years ago. READ  

Body of Irishman found in Stockholm
Stockholm's Old Town in the rain. Photo: TT

Body of Irishman found in Stockholm

The body of an Irishman who had been missing since November 10th was found in the harbour by Stockholm's Old Town on Thursday, it has emerged. READ  

Ibrahimovic returns as PSG claim top spot
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Ibrahimovic returns as PSG claim top spot

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his first start for two months as Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain went top for the first time this season with a 3-2 win at mid-table Metz on Friday night READ  

Julian Assange
Ecuador 'guarantees' Assange asylum
Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012. Screen grab: SVT

Ecuador 'guarantees' Assange asylum

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on Friday guaranteed political asylum by Ecuador for "as long as necessary," one day after he lost an appeal against a Swedish warrant for his arrest. READ  

Abba's Björn defends Sweden's Spotify
Swedish artist Laleh alongside Björn Ulvaeus. Photo: Björn Ulvaeus

Abba's Björn defends Sweden's Spotify

Björn Ulvaeus has joined the row over Spotify's streaming costs, saying the music industry had to evolve but admitting that songwriters are losing money. He spoke to The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski from his newly adopted home, New York. READ  

Dark weekend looms for southern Sweden
Stockholm City Hall under the cover of clouds. Photo: TT

Dark weekend looms for southern Sweden

Southern Sweden looks set to stay under a blanket of cloud until at least Tuesday, as the darkest November in decades continues. READ  

Gothenburg rabbi reacts to death threats
Rabbi Hillel Ḥayyim Lavery-Yisraëli. Photo: Private

Gothenburg rabbi reacts to death threats

Gothenburg's rabbi received death threats following an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem earlier this week. Leading figures in the Jewish community have told The Local they fear that anti-Semitism is spreading across Sweden, with Malmö already a key target. READ  

Rush hour chaos after train signal failure
The signal failure is affecting the service between Södertälje and Stockholm. Photo: Thomas Eneborg/TT

Rush hour chaos after train signal failure

Passengers travelling to and from the Swedish capital were forced to make alternative travel arrangements on Friday morning after a signal failure ground the rail service between Södertälje and Stockholm to a standstill. READ  

Features
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'Wild' expats wanted for Nordic TV series
A frozen river in Sweden. Photo: Shutterstock

'Wild' expats wanted for Nordic TV series

People who have moved from the UK to remote corners of Scandinavia are set to appear in a new television series being filmed in 2015. READ  

Offbeat
Swedish women vote on stimulating word
Kristina Ljungros from the sex education group behind the contest. Photo: RFSU

Swedish women vote on stimulating word

Women 'flying solo' remains a taboo topic in many countries and there is no commonly accepted word for it in Swedish. A sex education group is trying to change that and has already received more than a thousand suggestions after launching a competition earlier this month. READ  

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Five unique backpacker hostels in Stockholm
A room in Stockholm's Långholmen prison. Photo: Långholmen prison

Five unique backpacker hostels in Stockholm

From prisons and boats to renovated jumbo jets, Stockholm has some unusual backpacker joints. The Local's Oliver Gee - himself a seasoned traveller - spent a night at five of the top rated locations on review sites, to see if the hostels in his adopted home city lived up to the hype. READ  

Swedish start-ups
Hunger Games success suits Swedish company
Donald Sutherland wears Swedish suits in The Hunger Games. Photo: Matt Sayles/TT

Hunger Games success suits Swedish company

A Swedish suit company says its sales have increased fivefold since it revealed it had made some of the costumes featured in the blockbuster Hunger Games movies starring Jennifer Lawrence. READ  

Opinion
'Why can't Swedes look me in the eyes?'
Canadian expat Mitchell Rearden. Photo: Private

'Why can't Swedes look me in the eyes?'

Living in Sweden offers nature, culture and the chance to live in a highly efficient society. But Swedish shyness, unstable housing and employment issues are forcing people to move home, says 29-year-old Canadian Mitchell Rearden. READ  

More News
Swede Stenson on track for Dubai defence
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Swede Stenson on track for Dubai defence

Swedish world number four Henrik Stenson is on course to successfully defend his title at the DP World Tour Championship, the red-hot Rafael Cabrera-Bello may still pose a threat after Saturday's third round. READ  

The Local's Countdown to Christmas
Decorating your home for Swedish Christmas
Swedish Christmas decorations on the tree. Photo: Imagebank Sweden

Decorating your home for Swedish Christmas

With Advent just a week away, Swedes are already itching to put out their Christmas decorations. Wondering how to get that Scandinavian Christmas feeling in your own home? Here are The Local's top ten decorating tips for a 'God Jul'. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish mulled wine
Swedish mulled wine served the traditional way. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

How to make Swedish mulled wine

Come colder days, Swedes rely on one drink in particular to warm them up again: glögg. The beverage has been a Christmas tradition in Sweden since the 1890s. The shops are already packed with the stuff, but why not make your own? John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local. READ  

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral
Student Patricia Spång Lundahl holds the sign 'Jimmie sent the rest home' in the protest school photo. Photo. Private

Swedes' blonde only school photo goes viral

A protest school photo by Swedish students to highlight the anti-immigration polices of the Sweden Democrats has generated a storm on social media. READ  

Sweden to implement Unicef rights of child law
Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven sits next to Queen Silvia of Sweden during high level meetings at U.N. headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Sweden to implement Unicef rights of child law

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has said that the government will incorporate the Unicef convention on the rights of the child into Swedish law, following talks in New York during his state visit. READ  

Israel ambassador to make Sweden return
Isaac Bachman, Israel's ambassador to Sweden. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Israel ambassador to make Sweden return

Isaac Bachman will come back to Stockholm on November 29th stating that it was a "compromise" when he was recalled to Israel following Sweden's decision to recognize Palestine. READ  

Umeå museum rewrites Swedish history
The Women's History Museum is part of Umeå's new cultural centre (white building). Photo: Karl Jóhannesson/Flickr

Umeå museum rewrites Swedish history

Sweden's first women's history museum opens in Umeå this weekend. Deviating from traditional history, it aims to raise questions about sex, power, and identity. But can the concept pull more female - and male - visitors to the region? The Local asked director Maria Perstedt. READ  

1.6 million Swedes are reeled in by fishing
Photo: Lief R Jansson/TT

1.6 million Swedes are reeled in by fishing

Fishing is one of Sweden's most popular hobbies in 2014, according to 'surprise' new figures released by Statistics Sweden. READ  

Julian Assange
Court rejects Assange arrest warrant appeal
Julian Assange. Photo: TT

Court rejects Assange arrest warrant appeal

A Stockholm court has upheld an arrest order for Julian Assange who is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes in Sweden. His lawyer has told The Local that he now plans to take the case to Sweden's Supreme Court. READ  

Phone 'contracts' cut by Sweden's Tele2
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Phone 'contracts' cut by Sweden's Tele2

One of Sweden's biggest mobile companies is scrapping long term call and data contracts for customers as part of what it says is the biggest change in the Swedish telecoms industry for 20 years. READ  

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Top mistakes Austrians make in English
Vhat a wery vonderful day in Wiena. Photo: APA

Top mistakes Austrians make in English

A recent report ranked Austrians seventh in the world when it comes to speaking English as a foreign language, but that doesn't mean they don't still make mistakes. Here are The Local's top ten mistakes that Austrians make in English. READ  

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday
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Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday

Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs. READ  

Police arrest landlord for naked showings
We doubt the naked landlord was quite this much to write home about. Photo: DPA

Police arrest landlord for naked showings

A man in Oberhausen has been arrested after inviting people over to his house as prospective tenants and welcoming them in his birthday suit. READ  

Denmark selects its first national dish
Want to eat like a Dane? Dig in to a plate of stegt flæsk med persillesovs og kartofler. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Denmark selects its first national dish

The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe. READ  

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China
"Yixinou" will operate from Yiwu, the world's biggest wholesale hub, in east China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP/STR

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China

China launched an 82-wagon cargo train on Tuesday which will take 21 days to travel 10,000km (6,200 miles) and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid. READ  

France gets new power to sack the president
Has François Hollande just heard the news that French MPs now have the power to sack the president? Photo: AFP

France gets new power to sack the president

François Hollande would be forgiven for not sleeping well in his bed tonight after French MPs were, for the first time, handed the power to sack the president in the case of "a breach of duties". READ  

Property
Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily
Potential property buyers have to propose projects they will bring to Gangi. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Dozens of foreigners vie for €1 homes in Sicily

At least 50 people are competing for €1 homes up for sale in a Sicilian village, with prospective owners coming from as far away as Brazil, property broker Marie Wester told The Local. READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

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