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UN criticises Sweden's 'prison' children
The UN says Sweden's young offenders should spend less time alone. Photo: TT

UN criticises Sweden's 'prison' children

The way Sweden treats children living in detention centres has been strongly criticised by the United Nations Committee against Torture, which also suggested some young offenders had experienced violence by police offices. READ  

Sweden economy shows unexpected growth
Sweden's economy is growing slowly. Photo: Shutterstock

Sweden economy shows unexpected growth

Sweden's economy expanded slightly more than expected in the third quarter of the year, according to statistics published on Friday. READ  

Russians intercept Sweden navy 'love texts'
Staff on HMS Vinga and HMS Ulvön are linked to the scandal. Photo: Flickr/V-P Kivimäki

Russians intercept Sweden navy 'love texts'

Private messages sent between staff on two Swedish navy boats who were having an affair have been published in Russia, after a group of radio geeks intercepted the signal used to transmit the texts. READ  

Row over line-up at Sweden's biggest festival
Robbie Williams will headline Sweden's biggest music festival in 2015. Photo: TT

Row over line-up at Sweden's biggest festival

This week Robbie Williams was announced as the headline act at Bråvalla - one of the largest music events in Scandinavia. But the British star has proved a controversial choice for the three day festival in southern Sweden's Norrköpping, which takes place in June 2015. READ  

Swedish shoppers embrace 'Black Friday'
The Swedish Trade Federation said that three times as many companies in Sweden were staging Black Friday deals in 2014 compared to last year. Photo: AP/The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

Swedish shoppers embrace 'Black Friday'

More companies in Sweden are rolling out the imported American shopping phenomenon known as 'Black Friday' by slashing prices for post-Thanksgiving purchases. READ  

Skanska quits South America over corruption
File Photo: Gorm Kallestad/TT

Skanska quits South America over corruption

Swedish engineering giant Skanska has decided to pull out of the South American market after being dragged into a corruption scandal involving the Brazilian oil major Petrobras. READ  

Jobs and immigration cost Moderates election
Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt exits the stage after the 2014 election loss. Photo: TT

Jobs and immigration cost Moderates election

Sweden's Moderate Party slumped at the polls on election day as it lost the jobs, welfare and immigration debate, according to the party's post election analysis. READ  

Swedes cook up win at culinary world cup
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Swedes cook up win at culinary world cup

Sweden claimed two gold and two silver medals at the culinary world cup in Luxembourg this week, which features over 100 teams from around the world competing for gastronomic greatness. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish potato and fish gratin
Traditional Swedish potato and fish casserole. Photo: Magnus Lundquist/Flickr

How to make Swedish potato and fish gratin

Feeling the need for some comfort food during the cold weather? The dish Swedes call Janssons frestelse is popular during the winter and is often found on the Christmas smorgasbord. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local... READ  

More rats creep into Sweden's cities
Rats like these are common in Stockholm. Photo: TT

More rats creep into Sweden's cities

Sweden is experiencing a rapid increase in its rat population according to the country's biggest pest control company, which says that the growing trend for outdoor food stalls is partly to blame. READ  

Features
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  

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  

Offbeat
'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  

The Local List
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  

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What's On in Sweden
What's On: November 27th - December 4th
A Christmas market in Skåne. Photo: Visit Skåne

What's On: November 27th - December 4th

Northern Sweden's Umeå is fighting the encroaching darkness with a bright pop festival, horses are trotting into town in Stockholm, Gothenburg is celebrating French culture and winter markets are popping up everywhere this week. READ  

'Tinder for jobs' app in discrimination row
Selfiejobs has launched in Stockholm. Photo: Selfiejobs

'Tinder for jobs' app in discrimination row

A smartphone app designed to match young job seekers with potential employers has gained more than ten thousand likes since it launched in Stockholm a week ago. The company is already planning to target other capitals, despite criticism that it promotes discrimination. READ  

'Wild west' taxi drivers face tough new rules
Taxis at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. Photo: Claudio Brescani/TT

'Wild west' taxi drivers face tough new rules

Stockholm taxis have a reputation for being among the most expensive in the world, but new regulations designed to make costs more transparent have been agreed on by Stockholm's Traffic Committee. READ  

Weather agency rules out white Christmas
Snow covering buildings in Stockholm's Gamla Stan. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Weather agency rules out white Christmas

Swedes hoping for a white Christmas will most likely be disappointed after a global weather agency said that temperatures are unlikely to plummet in December. READ  

Swedish teen pop 'Idol' found dead at home
The late Tristan Björling. Photo: TV4 Press Office

Swedish teen pop 'Idol' found dead at home

The producers of hit Swedish TV show Idol say they are offering support to the family of one this year's contestants, Tristan Björling, who has died. READ  

Sweden most expensive place to send a parcel
A Swedish postbox. Photo: TT

Sweden most expensive place to send a parcel

The price for sending a package via post in Sweden is the highest in the Nordic region but sending a letter remains relatively cheap according to a new report. READ  

Unclear school situation for migrant children
File photo: The Local

Unclear school situation for migrant children

Sweden's National Agency for Education has stated that the current law allowing children of EU citizens the right to a place in school is unclear, as many new arrivals may slip through the net. READ  

Gothenburg to host top international yacht races
The America's Cup draws crowds wherever it is held. Photo: TT

Gothenburg to host top international yacht races

Gothenburg has announced it will be staging qualifying races for 2017 America's Cup - the most prestigious prize in international yachting. READ  

Malmö's Champions League bid ended
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez shakes off Malmö's Markus Halsti during the Italian side's victory on November 26th 2014. Photo:Andreas Hillergren/TT

Malmö's Champions League bid ended

The Swedish champions were defeated by the Italian side Juventus 0-2 at home and will need to win their last Champions League match in order to keep their hopes alive of playing in Europe. READ  

Cash for Swedes who saw dying Dad on TV
Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Cash for Swedes who saw dying Dad on TV

Relatives of a man whose final moments appeared in a television programme about a hospital in Sweden have each been awarded 20,000 kronor ($2,700) in compensation, after a court ruled that his privacy had been breached. READ  

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Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens
Heinz-Christian Strache (R). Photo: APA/Harald Schneider, Herbert P. Oczeret

Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens

The right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has said it wants to be able to “counter Islamist tendencies” in Vienna’s kindergartens. READ  

WTO agrees to enact first global trade reform deal
WTO chief Roberto Azevedo: 'We are back on track!" Photo: WTO

WTO agrees to enact first global trade reform deal

Ending months of deadlock, the Geneva-based World Trade Organization agreed on Thursday to implement the first global trade reform agreement in its 19-year-history. READ  

Bavaria plans free wifi for 'whole state'
Soon you'll be able to tweet from the top of Neuschwanstein. Photo: DPA

Bavaria plans free wifi for 'whole state'

Finance minister Christian Söder wants to drag Bavaria online with an ambitious plan for far-ranging public internet access by 2020. READ  

Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans
The Danish Immigration Service spent over two weeks in Eritrea on a fact finding mission. Photo: David Stanley/Flickr

Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans

After a major fact finding mission, Denmark will no longer give blanket asylum to Eritreans fleeing their country's authoritarian rule. READ  

Spanish science
'Plane laser' finds Roman gold mines in Spain
Gold mining in 'Hispania' (Spain) during the first century BC was overseen by Pliny the Elder and the metal was used to make coins. File photo: Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

'Plane laser' finds Roman gold mines in Spain

Airborne archaeologists using plane-mounted lasers have discovered a 2,000-year-old network of ancient gold mines in the Eria valley in north-western Spain. READ  

Frenchman develops scented flatulence pills
Christian Poincheval, the man behind the scented-flatulence pills. Photo: Pilulepet.com

Frenchman develops scented flatulence pills

A Frenchman may have come up with the perfect solution to one of life's major problems after he claimed to have invented a pill that makes bodily gases smell like roses and chocolate. READ  

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'
Reckless tourists defacing Italy’s priceless monuments have become something of an occupational hazard for authorities. Photo: Aaron Logan

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'

A Russian tourist has been arrested for allegedly carving the letter K on a wall of the Colosseum. READ  

Hated dating coach cancels Oslo dates

Hated dating coach cancels Oslo dates

Controversial pick-up artist, Julien Blanc, who has been barred from entering several countries, has cancelled his plans to come to Norway, it was revealed on Thursday. READ  

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