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Swede shoots world's longest film: 720 hours
Swedish visual artist Anders Weberg at work in his studio. Photo: Private

Swede shoots world's longest film: 720 hours

VIDEO: Anders Weberg tells The Local about the inspiration behind the the world's longest film, coping with the tragic loss of his son, and the 72 minute 'trailer' which has been wowing audiences. READ  

EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Does it say eucalyptus on the label? Too obvious, according to the EU. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours

New EU rules mean beloved Swedish snuff flavours like licorice and eucalyptus will soon be a thing of the past - at least on product packaging. READ  

Swedish cops 'crying' over grading system

Swedish cops 'crying' over grading system

A controversial new grading system which ranks police in western Sweden with an A, B or C for performing their job has left many in tears, with some saying that the grades are degrading. READ  

Swedish drownings reach 15-year high
A life ring pictured in Stockholm while bathers frolic in the sea. Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish drownings reach 15-year high

New figures revealed that June's drowning numbers are the highest they have been for more than a decade - and one expert said it's because men 'think they're made of steel'. READ  

Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden

Former Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin is set to become Sweden's official coordinator against violent extremism. READ  

Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson. Janerik Henriksson/TT

Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson will get to measure herself up against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise after landing a dream role as the female lead in the new Mission Impossible film. READ  

Stockholm trains evacuated in tunnel
Passengers being evacuated from the tunnel. Photo: TT

Stockholm trains evacuated in tunnel

All southward train traffic from Stockholm was halted Thursday morning after an overhead contact line was torn down, leaving two trains stuck in underground tunnels. READ  

Swedish girls at highest risk of celiac disease
Gluten-free Swedish bread. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Swedish girls at highest risk of celiac disease

Swedish children are at particular risk of gluten intolerance, a new study revealed. The chance of Swedish children getting the disease is double that of American children, and the risk is even higher for girls. READ  

Swede sets apartment block alight
An unrelated fire. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swede sets apartment block alight

Police have arrested a man for arson after a block of flats in central Sweden began burning on Thursday morning. READ  

Swedish wolf slaughters 20 lambs in killing spree

Swedish wolf slaughters 20 lambs in killing spree

A blood-thirsty wolf in central Sweden went on a killing spree leaving seven animals dead, while a further 13 had to put down as a result of injuries sustained in the attack. READ  

Features
Anti-Semitism in Malmö
'Malmö has not become safer for Jews': rabbi
Rabbi Shneur Kesselman pictured at his office in Malmö. Drago Prvulovic/TT

'Malmö has not become safer for Jews': rabbi

Following the violent beating of a man flying an Israeli flag, Rabbi Shneur Kesselman tells The Local that his adopted city of Malmö remains a hotbed for anti-Semitism. READ  

Swedish divers search mad king's warship
Photos: Composite photo from Ocean Discovery

Swedish divers search mad king's warship

Thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society, a team of divers will be investigating the wreckage of Sweden's 16th century flagship - the 'alter ego' of mad King Erik XIV. READ  

The Local List
Ten hit songs you didn't know were from Sweden
Singing photo: Shutterstock

Ten hit songs you didn't know were from Sweden

You'd be surprised by how many international hit songs are sung by Swedes. In fact, we wager that there are many songs that you know and love that you didn't even realize were from Sweden. Here are our favourite ten. READ  

'Immigration is a taboo subject in Sweden'
Danish radio presenter Mikael Jalving. Photo: Stine Nielsen

'Immigration is a taboo subject in Sweden'

The Local chats to the host of a new radio programme in Denmark that tackles the cultural divide between Swedes and their Danish neighbours, and pokes particular fun at the Swedes for their unusual taboos. READ  

Northern Dispatches
What is it with Swedish people and gardening?
Gardening. Photo: Shutterstock

What is it with Swedish people and gardening?

Contributor Paul Connolly ponders the peculiar gardening habits of his northern neighbours - and wonders if ride-on lawnmowers may be the Ferraris of Sweden. READ  

More News
Police arrest Malmö man for attempted murder
Police at the scene of the fight. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police arrest Malmö man for attempted murder

Three men, two with gun wounds, were injured in a fight in Malmö on Wednesday night. Police have arrested the third man for attempted murder. READ  

Appeal sought over football fan killing
The tribute in Helsingborg in memory of the killed football supporter. Photo: TT

Appeal sought over football fan killing

The eight month prison sentence handed down to a Swedish football fan for killing a rival supporter has been appealed by the prosecutor, who has called for a longer stint behind bars. READ  

Middle Age art stolen from Swedish church
Rönö church. Photo: Thuresson/Wikimedia Commons

Middle Age art stolen from Swedish church

Thieves broke into a church in central Sweden on Tuesday night, stealing several sculptures dating back to the Middle Ages. READ  

Shoe-loving Swedes top smartphone use
Swedes use smartphones more than any other Nordic nation. Photo: The Local

Shoe-loving Swedes top smartphone use

A new survey has revealed that Sweden tops the Nordic charts in terms of smartphone use, with 75 percent of people aged 16 or over now owning one of the high-tech devices. Shoes were among the most searched-for items. READ  

US Congress gives gold medal to Swedish hero
Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in front of a picture of Wallenberg. Photo: Bela Szandelszky/TT

US Congress gives gold medal to Swedish hero

Raoul Wallenberg, famous for rescuing thousands of Jews during WWII - and President Obama's personal hero - will be posthumously presented with a Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. READ  

The Local List
Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Taking a dip into the Öresund after a sauna in the local Kallbadhus features in our top 10. L.E Daniel Larsson/Flickr

Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö

There's more to the capital of the Swedish south than falafels and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Our man in Malmö Patrick Reilly rounds up ten of the best things to do when in the city. READ  

'Make beggars choose Sweden': Danish MP
Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

'Make beggars choose Sweden': Danish MP

Police in Copenhagen are focusing this summer on driving away beggars from the city's parks and streets. And the goal is to send them to countries like Sweden, one politician said. READ  

'Wedding' smuggler sentenced for trafficking
The man was arrested by border police at the Öresund Bridge in southern Sweden. Julien Menichini/Flickr

'Wedding' smuggler sentenced for trafficking

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to smuggle refugees into Sweden, after claiming he met them at a wedding in Germany and offered them a lift back. READ  

'Sweden must improve mental care': report

'Sweden must improve mental care': report

A new OECD report has concluded that Sweden does not do enough to help people who are mentally ill. READ  

Swedish cops investigate death at beach
Photo: Ingvar Karmhed/TT

Swedish cops investigate death at beach

A body found off the shores of southern Stockholm has led to an investigation, with police saying they cannot rule out murder. READ  

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From our other editions:
World's best body painters show their stuff
Photo: Daniel Janesch

World's best body painters show their stuff

Each year in the Carinthian town of Pörtschach in Austria, the world's best body painters come from near and far, to cover young women - and men - in paint, and very little else. The Local brings you a selection of the best pictures. READ  

Scientists threaten boycott of brain project
Photo: Human Brain Project

Scientists threaten boycott of brain project

At least 280 scientists are threatening to boycott the Human Brain Project (HBP), a Geneva-based research project budgeted at more than €1 billion, that aims to use supercomputers to simulate the human brain. READ  

Kids of non-EU migrants given dual citizenship
Photo: DPA

Kids of non-EU migrants given dual citizenship

Children born in Germany to foreign parents from outside the EU will for the first time be able to permanently hold dual citizenship, according to new rules agreed on Thursday. READ  

The Local List
Ten signs you've been in Denmark too long
If you even think about leaving the house looking like this guy, you have been in Denmark too long. Photo: Colourbox

Ten signs you've been in Denmark too long

Admit it, you do 'Danish' things you never thought you would. Take a look at our list and if more than a few of them ring true with you, then you just may have been here too long. READ  

VIDEO: Landing aborted in Barcelona 'near miss'
Screen grab: YouTube

VIDEO: Landing aborted in Barcelona 'near miss'

Spain’s airport management firm Aena has said it will open an investigation into a runway incident captured on camera at the Barcelona-El Prat airport by a plane spotter on Saturday. READ  

French teacher stabbed to death by pupil's mum
A teacher in France was stabbed to death by the mother of a pupil on Friday. Photo: AFP

French teacher stabbed to death by pupil's mum

UPDATED: A 34-year-old French school teacher was stabbed to death in front her students on Friday by the mother of a pupil, prosecutors said. President François Hollande described the killing as a "horrific tragedy" and pledged support for children and staff at the school. READ  

VIDEO
Baggage scam targets tourists in Florence
American, British and French tourists were named as some of the victims of the train scam. Train photo: Shutterstock

Baggage scam targets tourists in Florence

A gang at Florence's central station have been filmed scamming tourists, by offering to "help" them with their luggage and then demanding up to €20. READ  

Norway's UFO mystery of 1950s finally solved
Revealed: What caused the famous UFO sightings in Norway? Photo: UFO flying over Earth at night: Shutterstock

Norway's UFO mystery of 1950s finally solved

Sensational reports of UFO activity in the skies, that gripped Norway in the 1950s, are explained 60 years later. READ  

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08 July

Lie of the land (Blogweiser) »

"Way up here in Northern Europe, beautiful places to swim are everywhere. When the sun is out, the water is a perfect blue, inviting you to jump in. The other day, a friend of mine did. He hopped in, got out, dried off, and then told me one of the most common lies you’ll hear..." READ »

 

07 July

Gånger, timmar, tid och dags (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Many of my students make mistakes when they use the Swedish words gång, timme, tid and dags. en gång, många gånger Let me beging with gång and gånger. You should use gånger when you are talking about something that you can count. We talk about..." READ »

 
 
 
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