• Sweden edition
 
Swedish hunter fells 'spectacular' albino elk

Swedish hunter fells 'spectacular' albino elk

Published: 21 Sep 2011 12:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Sep 2011 12:33 GMT+02:00

”We have encountered white elk before but never one this huge. It is the size of the antlers that makes it so spectacular,” Broberg told The Local.

According to Broberg it was his brother who first spotted the white elk at a distance of about 400 metres.

The tracking skills of the pair's hunting dog, Nymeråsens Argo, were also praised in helping bring down the mighty beast.

”My brother called on the radio that a white elk was on its way down my way. All of a sudden it appeared about 40-50 metres away, and I took my shot,” Broberg said.

The shot hit the animal in the lung, close to the heart. After it fell, the members of the Djäkneliden's hunting party gathered around the animal.

Weighing in at nearly 300 kilos, the unique albino male elk is believed to have been about 4 years of age. Its crown had 15 points.

The first time an albino elk was spotted in Sweden was in the 1930s and the animal is fairly uncommon in Sweden.

However, its numbers are currently growing in the county of Värmland, very much because it has been under protection from hunting parties in many other areas.

”We estimate that there are 50-100 white elk in the county out of a total of 20,000 animals,” said Gunnar Glöerson, game manager from the Swedish Hunters' Association (Jägareförbundet), to newspaper Expressen.

According to Glöersen, the hunt doesn't endanger the white strain, but its existence has been debated since it was first spotted.

”Many think that white elk should be preserved because they are different, others say they are freaks of nature,” Glöersen said to the paper.

The huge white elk caused quite a commotion when its carcass arrived at the local slaughter house.

”It is a unique animal and there was a great joy just to see it. At least 50 locals turned up at the slaughter house to take a look at it,” Broberg told The Local.

Related links:

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:01 September 21, 2011 by eppie
"It is a unique animal and there was a great joy just to see it'''

Brilliant comments....what a losers.
13:07 September 21, 2011 by ?????
There are so many times that I've wished that Aliens would come some day and hunt us down for our noses or ears. That would teach us a thing or two...
13:23 September 21, 2011 by Keith #5083
"eppie

Yes,I was also struck by the absurdity of this quote. Thanks to this guy no-one else can have this great joy. I loved the bit "My brother called on the radio that a white elk was on its way down my way"...?!? Some hunting! If they love technology so much then why don't they hunt in virtual reality/gaming?
13:55 September 21, 2011 by Tysknaden
Killing a rare and special animal. This clearly is something to be proud of :-(
14:09 September 21, 2011 by gabeltoon
HOW SAD ARE YOU PEOPLE. tHATS NOT HUNTING IT'S SLAUGHTER. Thanks to you no one else can take the enjoyment of seeing such a magnificent animal. You should be proud that such a raeraty roams your country. ;(
14:17 September 21, 2011 by Brock_and_Roll
Firstly the white elk is probably not a true albino, more likely a rare but natural colour variation. There are currently both white Fallow and Red deer in the herds near me. Obviously in days done by where there were natural predators, white deer would have stood out therefore would be likey to be weeded out of the gene pool. In the UK at present they are tolerated in small numbers but there has been a debate. Unlike Sweden any necessary culling to control numbers is done by professionals working for the governement.

Secondly, the cultural differences in the language between Sweden and the UK are amusing - "there was great joy to see it" - then we shot it so no one else could see it!!! I once had a Swedish boss who on his first day in London addressing his staff (most of whom were ladies) "Hej I'm Stefan - I am looking forward to coming to the big parks in London and hunting your animals" Needless to say that went down like a lead balloon!
14:45 September 21, 2011 by nakiboyinsweden
"50 locals turned up at the slaughter house to take a look at it"

Im sure many more would have enjoyed seeing it alive. A real shame that they get their kicks out of using all the technology at their disposal to shoot a defenceless beautiful creature. Sad really.

As barbaric as hunting is, any of us who are not vegetarian cannot claim the moral high ground here. We may not do the shooting, but we definitely do the eating.
15:21 September 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
Men and their obsession to have to kill. It makes me sick.
15:54 September 21, 2011 by Viking1
Well, it's no longer "Spectacular". Mats, you are so brave and also a complete prat. It would be more even if you ran after the Elk and wrestled it to the ground and strangled it man to elk basis. I think I know who would win and who might actually give up the chase.
16:00 September 21, 2011 by GLO
Sad, this is a thing for people to enjoy. I am for a new permit to hunt hunters.
16:46 September 21, 2011 by ctinej
Ultimate trophy?? LIke WHAT did this guy do to get such a designation?? Did he make it albino, or as large as it is?

First, I WANT to say that the LOcal is as guilty as the rest for making this out to be some "macho" guy who outdid all the other animal murderers in this amazing feat of machoism.

For years and years,, this guy, gathered around the BBQ with the rest of the heartless hunters, will tell his story, gain the admiration of the others, and have it hung on his wall. Cant they find something better to make themselves more important?.

And for the women who think hunting is mean, yet are married to and or date hunters, where is your self respect.
17:18 September 21, 2011 by conboy
God bless the sacred, Swedish white elks where are the Sweden Democrats when you need them?
17:39 September 21, 2011 by calebian22
Moose is tasty, no matter the color. All you dirt munching, tree hugging druids can cry me a river.
17:56 September 21, 2011 by Åskar
@by Brock_and_Roll

True, this strain of white elks in parts of Sweden is not due to albinism.
18:41 September 21, 2011 by RobinHood
An elk in a southern Swedish city had a unique encounter with a white person this morning.

"My brother rang me to say a white person was on his way down, and I took my shot" said the elk. "The existence of white people in this city has been debated for quite a while." said a demographics expert.

The body of the white person (a male), weighing more than 75 kilos has been put on display at the community centre. More then 50 elks have turned up to see it. "You don't see many white people round here" said one. "Now we know why!" said another.

"It is estimated there are only another 20 or 30 white people left in this city" said the expert.
19:12 September 21, 2011 by Keith #5083
"calebian22

I am neither a druid nor a tree hugger. I try to respect the traditions of the country in which I now live.You know, traditions like hunting parties....complete with spirit (in bottles), all the latest (new) hunting gear, standing by the roadside waiting for an animal to cross.Journeying in the car at this time of year with all the Mr.MaGoos at the roadside is an anxious experience.

The simple fact is - and this may be unpalatable to you - that these creatures are a massive tourist attraction in areas like Dalsland (with virtually no industry left) and Varmland.

My taste is somewhat more respectful of the amazingly beautiful nature of my area of Sweden.
20:39 September 21, 2011 by rohermoker
There are several States here in the US where shooting, harvesting or what ever you choose to call it, it is not permitted . White animal either truly white or albino. Minnesota is not one of them, and some poeple lament the taking of one of them. . Though I am a hunter, and have lived in a farming area of the state, I am still unaware of a meat tree, and the killing of a living cabbage or a living elk is just showing that you are species untolorant. Eat well my friends. Eat only what is dead before you cook it.
21:15 September 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
@MARILYNVOSSAVANT #16

You wouldn't happen to be Jostein's wife (brother)would you? You both seem to have that "I live in the middle ages" mindset.

OF COURSE in antiquity men had to be the hunters because there were no ICA's. There were no hospitals either, but as a woman, do you want to squat behind some tree to have a baby without a doctor? I am thinking, probably not.

We have chickens and farm animals that are raised specifically for food. You don't need to hunt some animal down and kill it, especially a sort of rare albino animal. Guess what? You can just go to one of those new fangeled stores that they have nowadays! You know, where you can buy meat already humanely butchered, so you don't have to go running drunk through the bush swinging a gun around, looking for something you can kill!! How modern!

But so many men have to get that gun or weapon in their hands and just get out there and find something to kill don't they?

No, my man is no hunter.He has no bloodlust. Of course, I suppose it is better for those " YAAP! I'm a real man!" types to get out there and kill the wildlife. Otherwise , who knows who they would be turning their guns on to get their jollies?
22:24 September 21, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I don't mind hunting as long as you are hunting to use the animal for food and not hunting it for sport. At least they were able to bring down the elk with one shot and not only wound it and let it suffer more.
23:17 September 21, 2011 by wxman
Was it drunk at the time? It seems lately that most Swedish elk are.
00:00 September 22, 2011 by AnnicaE
Hunting and eating wild animals, is part of life. A lot of people in many countries like game. Just too bad it was a white and rare animal. One can only hope they choke on in...
00:50 September 22, 2011 by jack sprat
Trophy hunting is all these sh!te egotistical R-soles are really about.

Hope there's now a price on this eejits head.

Just turn the dumb bugger loose in the woods one day and I'll be very happy to participate in helping improve the local gene pool.
02:56 September 22, 2011 by Value
What an insensitive hunter...
04:04 September 22, 2011 by volvoman9
04:04 September 13, 2011 by volvoman9

More of the mindless dribble meant to justify violence. I live in a place where hunting is a primary industry. I'm all too familiar with the type of individual that makes this absurd argument.

Culling the herd wouldn't be necessary if we had not killed off most of the natural predators. It's as if these folks wish to be thought of as 'stewards' of the environment. Do these 'stewards' cull the old,weak or naturally injured? Nah. One might get sick from eating the diseased ones and who wants to brag to their like minded moronic buddies about killing an invalid or God forbid hanging the freak in the trophy room.

My personal favorite is the use of the term 'sport ' to describe this activity. I believe the term sport describes a contest between two individuals on a somewhat level playing ground.

Now let's see. Man has an arguably superior intellect, a weapon with which to blow a hole the size of a football in you at a range at which you probably won't see him and certainly won't be a threat to him.

The animal has in his arsenal the cunning which comes from having to survive in this hostile environment, some natural camo, and speed. Oh ya! Best of all. One individual doesn't know they are engaged in this contest! Ya that's my idea of sport.

But you of course know that all wild animals are vicious creatures bent on killing your offspring. When was the last child killed by one of these monsters? Must not make the news much. Although I'll grant you the bears around here bag their quota of 'hunters' every year. Animals usually become violent when threatened unlike the human animal that merely does it in the name of entertainment and gluttony.

Speaking of gluttony... The preponderance of modern science indicates that a meat diet is neither healthy or necessary for the human animal and in fact poses severe health risks. (I'm not a vegan nor am I a tree hugger.) Not my opinion but fact.

Just once I would like to hear a 'hunter' tell the truth about the reason for this archaic activity.... That they just like to kill stuff. It's that simple. Oh the cool camo clothes and uber cool guns and knives are a huge factor but really it comes down to the killing. I can respect honesty even if I don't agree with it.
06:02 September 22, 2011 by Grokh
whoa something rare lets kill it -_-x.

Cant we start a natural selection and kill idiots like that once a year? would do great to the gene pool -_-x
06:43 September 22, 2011 by calebian22
Keith,

It is not illegal to shoot them, so they are fair game. Moose are a tourist attractions not albino moose. When was the last time you saw a German with a white moose on their bumper sticker?
08:07 September 22, 2011 by rise
Where can one get a license to hunt hunters? My big macho ego wants some fine trophy of a white hunter to hang on the wall; to "be a real maaan!", like those pore losers are saying.

Don't get me wrong; a human is a predator animal that eats meat (and I eat a lot of it), but hunting for food and survival is one thing, and hunting just for showing off with your big penis something else.
08:51 September 22, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Marilyn vos Savant

The reference to wife (brother) is simple because you can not always tell someon´s gender by their nickname here, so it is quite possible you may be male or female. (example-Marilyn Manson)

Your quote- "Around the world in all cultures the urge to hunt awakens in boys. They use rocks, make weapons or sneak an air gun out of the house to kill a bird or small mammal." My point exactly...many males of our species just enjoy killing.It is not like those young boys are going to make sparrow,crow or mouse stew.

I can buy (to an extent) the additive in the meat theory, you have an argument there for sure. But I suppose all flesh is poluted these days to some degree. Look at the mercury levels in wild fish.

Just so you know, I never did suck my thumb and as far as the nose picking? Come on now...be honest here. Don't we all occasionally? Well, I try not to do so in public. haha ;-)

In countries where food is in shortage, or poverty is rampant I can certainly understand the need to hunt food. Maybe you live in a third world country. I don't know. I assumed you lived in Sweden seeing as this is a Swedish news site, but obviously I was mistaken (your comment on ICA stores)

I still believe it is more about the guns, the "male bonding" deal, in many instances, the chance to drink oneself into oblivion and to get out there and find something to kill to make yourself feel like a "real he-man", and not so much about providing food for yourself or your family.

For those men who, in order for them not to starve, actually need to hunt to feed their families, my apologies. To those "Billy Bobs" with a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey, a loaded gun and an urge to kill something and watch it die, I stand behind."It makes me sick."
08:55 September 22, 2011 by shani
I cant see what is the joy in it to kill them....... I think they should be preserved....
09:38 September 22, 2011 by skogsbo
if the anti hunting folk had their way, then the wolf population would be widespread across Sweden, then this white-ish Elk would have probably been killed by a pack of wolves as a calve, many years ago. You can't have it both ways?
10:33 September 22, 2011 by Grokh
@skogsbo that would mean there would be a balance in nature between the population of wolfs and elks.

so we wouldnt need dumb hunters going around shooting animals who cant fight back.
11:03 September 22, 2011 by skogsbo
Grokn, I presume you don't eat any meat or dairy then either? No animal related clothing, no gelatin in any food? As those animals can fight back either?
13:07 September 22, 2011 by Brock_and_Roll
@skogsbo

Errrrr.....If humans hadn't wiped out all the wolves there would not be any need to cull the deer whether done by professionals or drunken weekenders!
14:08 September 22, 2011 by rohermoker
I guess I dont understand why killing an animal and feeding several people is bad but killing one cabbage to feed one is good, it is still one life. If you non-hunters are so outraged buy up all the permits, and let me get this right, hunterss are drunken gun totting slobs, whilld berry, and mushroon pickers moraly superior high thinkers.

I now have to raiise my hairy knuckels off the ground and get back to work.

tac
20:15 September 22, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT #38

For the love of God what in the world are you talking about?... especially "Don't try to be smart when you are, apparently, nothing more than a bantam weight trying, just trying, to jump into the ring and have a match in the heavyweight division.I told this to someone from Iran and I suppose he already understood this and threw the towel."

You really should learn how to debate because it seems evident that you need either anger management or something akin to valium.

Your quote- "I supply you a list of men whose name were Jackie...So, Jackie, with your deductive trait, you must be a man called Jackie" Thank you for acknowledging that you understoofd the point I was trying to make you, that the nicknames here say nothing about the gender of the poster in actuality.

And, unlike the alleged Iranian poster you mentioned, I have no intention of backing down love. Judging by the quality and content of your posts not only to me, but to others, I have no problem going head to head in a battle of wits and intelligence. Your obvious hostility will impair your cognitive abilities. I am certain of only one thing, it will prove that the voice of reason and calm, level headed thinking most certainly wins in any given situation. Calm down dearie! Then post me back and maybe then I will be able to have an intelligent debate with you as you seem to be a reasonably intelligent person, it you could control your rage.
21:43 September 22, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Shooting a rare albino moose for "sport". Mats Broberg you're an idiot.
23:17 September 22, 2011 by jack sprat
Having spent time with these Swedish guys who call themselves hunters and watched the way they go about their business I soon came to the conclusion that they haven't a clue what hunting in the true sense of the word is all about.
01:36 September 23, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT

Obviously you belong to that group of people who buy into the mindset that if you can not win with your mind, attack is the best defense. You are not the first I have run into and won't be the last.

I am very sure that your name is completely applicable, but you may want to rethink making it publicly known.

SAVANT SYNDROME sometimes referred to as savantism actually is a rare condition in which people with certain developmental disorders have one or more areas of ability or expertise that are in contrast with the individual's overall mental limitations. Researcher experts agree that close to half of all people with savant syndrome have autistic disorder, while the other half have another developmental disability, mental retardation, brain injury or disease.

Such a severe condition is really nothing to laugh about.
07:30 September 23, 2011 by John.Smith
What a great prize. Well done to them. For those sceptical about hunting, I can assure you that shooting an elk is far less stressful on an animal compared to 'modern' slaughter techniques employed by slaughterhouses for cattle, sheep and pigs etc.. Also, most of the elk carcass is consumed. Without hunting, the elk population becomes unsustainable as they have no natural predators here in Sweden. Culling their numbers each year ensures that the species remains healthy and strong and also ensures that they do not starve due to over grazing. Anyway elk meat is delicious and healthy.
09:08 September 23, 2011 by rise
Hunter's logic: "To shelter them - kill them.".
11:31 September 23, 2011 by John.Smith
#46

Wall of texts make baby Jesus cry.. get over it.
11:45 September 23, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT

There is no reason for me to defend myself at all to you. I am confident and secure with my IQ numbers and feel no need to flaunt it to prove anything.

You are, by your own admission, "Savant" by definition. The one I found did NOT come from wikipedia, they are unreliable and deviate from the truth. However, I have no desire to re-research it with references etc. to prove what is common knowledge.

As a Savant, I am sure that you are completely brilliant in your area of expertise and ability. All savants are. That is unquestionable. However,that area of expertise is limited and narrow, according to medical experts on the subject. Because of this, I would not be fair to you, and would be putting myself at an unfair advantage, to continue any contact with you, as the developmental disorders of a savant inhibit you from thought at its complete and full range. This of course, is not my conclusion, but that of a myriad of educated researchers and doctors who are experts in the field.

Perhaps this is why your Iranian contact took a step back as well. It is simply unfair and mean to try to force you to perform on the same playing field, with your "condition" of being a savant. No offense intended. I am not sure if hostitity is a symptom of the areas of brain disorder associated with being a savant. You may want to ask your physician. If it is not, seek help.

This will be my last response to you. All the best in your life. I am sure your condition makes it challenging, and I am sympathetic and empathetic enough not to force you into conversations that could be out of your realm of expertise and contribute to more stress and agitation for you than you obviously already have. All the best, and I mean that sincerely.

@ jack sprat #42 Agreed, but with a condition. I have been witness to a great many North American hunters, who run around drunk in the woods with a gun too. I don't think it is just a Swedish thing.

@ rise. # 41 That is the "hunters mentality" in a nutshell. Well said.
13:19 September 23, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ 49

seek help, you are delusional
20:58 September 23, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
"@ jack sprat #42 Agreed, but with a condition. I have been witness to a great many North American hunters, who run around drunk in the woods with a gun too. I don't think it is just a Swedish thing"

I can tell you that you're describing a lot of Canadian hunters. Most of them are total jackasses. I live in a rural area where hunting deer, moose, bear, etc is common. I've grown up around it all my life and just don't understand what the thrill is shooting defenseless animals just for the so called "sport" of it. The worst thing is that these idiots all think that they're such manly men because they walk around the woods with a gun and most of these great white hunters don't even eat the meat, they just kill for the sake of doing so. If the animals had guns and could shoot back then you could call it a legitimate "sport".
22:05 September 23, 2011 by Attestupa
I don't know what is worse: the original disgraceful act of killing this animal, or the rantings of MvS.
00:31 September 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Smiling Canuk #52

I am originally from Canada so........I hear you.

@ Attestupa #53

I agree. Completely.
10:59 September 24, 2011 by CCVB
I wish I could hunt hunters, what great fun that would be, Im sure I would have a blast killing those nasty b******s!!!!!!

Poor animal, it souldnt be allowed and the hunter should be in jail!!!! This really makes me so mad, humans are really a nasty virus on this planet!!!
12:13 September 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ CCVB

Actually, killing them is a little extreme, but it would be a lot of fun to track them down and let them believe that when you did, you would shoot them. That would be "sport" and big game hunting. They would have a much more fair chance that an animal too, because they have the advantage of reason, however small that reason may be in their case.

Has anyone else noticed that the phrase "With due respect" is penned here repeatedy by one with absolutely no respect for anyone they are speaking to or about? (except delusionally, for their own hugely overblown ego)
16:18 September 24, 2011 by roger85
Its interesting to see the complete opposition against hunting here based on cruelty and barbarism. I would wager to beleive that most of the opponents of it are meat eaters themselves. The hypocrisy is astounding. They have a problem with people shooting wild animals to eat where the animals actually have a chance of escape. However, they see no problem of eating the meat of animals that have been lined up and killed in captivity in a massive slaughtering plant with virtually no chance of escape. Somehow in their minds this is a more humane and just way to acquire meat then hunting. Its what civilized people do i suppose. They let other people do their 'dirty work' for them and they reap the benefits. If they are truly against this they will stop eating meat and not buy that leather belt or leather shoes. Like I said, the hypocrisy is astounding.
18:01 September 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ roger85

There are those who hunt because they need to provide food for themselves or their families. Even in this day and age there are people who have a scant income and the availability of legal fishing and hunting provide a welcome way to offset the cost of feeding a family. It is up to those individuals to hunt with conscience.

To kill endangered species, genetic rarities. animals with young etc. shows no conscience. Also, it is on their conscience to kill the animal humanely, to cause the least amount of stress and suffering to the animal. The same principal as this should apply to domesticated animals.

Humans, as a species are a predatory. As with all predators, we have our eyes in the front of our heads in order to focus fully on hunting.. Predators are flesh eaters. Species that are prey (herbivore) have their eyes on the sides of their heads, so they have far better peripheral vision to watch for predators. We are meat eaters by nature.

I think many of us on here do not have a problem with hunting from this aspect. Not all probably. But a good many. The problem arises when one does not hunt for food but for the love of killing, to elevate oneself in some way by having a head mounted on their wall to brag about.

The North American Indian people were arguably some of the best hunters in recorded history. They followed the buffalo and hunted as a means of livelihood. But they hunted with a deep respect for the buffalo, and offered prayers and a eulogy of the greatness of each animal as it fell. They hunted with dignity.They hunted with a reverence. This is what is missing so much today. This is what I have a problem with when it comes to hunting. I can only speak for myself of course, but hunting just to kill, hunting with no conscience, with no thought or reverence for the life you are taking, just to show off to your drunken buddies makes me sick. It does not take much intelligence to pull a trigger really and if you have enough bullets and keep whirling that gun around and pulling the trigger, eventually you will shoot something (or someone as many drunken hunting stories have ended) This type of hunter feels it is an accomplishment to fell an animal like this that should have been preserved.
09:00 September 25, 2011 by fikatid
The hunters would get along very well with the stupid idiot Sarah Palin in Alaska. :)
13:37 September 25, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT #62

Is that the best you can comeup with? hahahahahahhahhah
17:06 September 25, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT

I had no idea you were "praising" a comment of mine. I have become so accustomed to your usual negative, abrasive, sarcastic and degrading comments, that any comment made by you just naturally seem to take on that tone and are perceived to be just more of the same.
17:54 September 25, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ MARILYNVOSSAVANT

Thank you for the praise and I do think we both agree it is a tragedy that this animal was killed.
19:12 September 25, 2011 by expatjourno
Hunters are just a bunch of sadistic barbarians. "It was spectacular. So we hunted it down with radios and shot it with a high-powered rifle."
09:02 September 26, 2011 by skogsbo
most hunting parties have radios, a lone hunter don't obviously bother though. It's clearly safer and hopefully avoids own goals!!

High powered, well of course. Low power is clearly pointless and alos illegal, depending on what you shooting (although technically, it's the weight of the round that matters).
10:36 September 26, 2011 by JHahn
Congratulations to the hunter and team. A respectable set of trophy antlers, a lovely animal and a good quantity of venison to enjoy in the following months. Well done.

From an Aussie hunter.
03:06 September 29, 2011 by Value
The law should protect such animals from being killed uselessly.
19:21 September 30, 2011 by Energywoman
I find the photo of the Elk offensive. Poor animal. Certainly nothing to brag about .
20:22 October 2, 2011 by glocal
This is very sad, hunting a rare elk being celebrated. Killing for sport must be banned, starting with rare animals. The number of animal species becoming extinct is increasing each day and we turn a blind eye to such practices.

We are given higher intelligence to protect other species not destroy them.
19:59 April 13, 2012 by Bigbunny
"Spectacular. Beautiful. Magnificent!" -- So we killed it and sat on it.

Each & every day, I am embarrassed & absolutely ASHAMED of humanity and its actions of pure ignorance & folly. This is just one of the many reasons I am vegan (which is about so much more than food).
Today's headlines
Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

Business & Money
Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain
Nordea's Chief Executive Christian Clausen. Photo: TT

Nordea banks big third-quarter profit gain

Swedish bank Nordea announced on Wednesday a sharp rise in third quarter profits despite the economic slowdown and major outlays for an IT overhaul. READ  

National
Knutby priest faces early release from prison
Knutby in eastern Sweden, the scene of the murder. Photo: TT

Knutby priest faces early release from prison

A former priest in eastern Sweden who was sentenced to life in prison for organizing the murder of his wife has had his sentence reduced. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

'Sweden will see Russia as a threat again'

The Local speaks to one of Europe's leading security experts about why social media meant the Swedish military couldn't keep their 'submarine' search a secret and how she believes the country will ramp up its security against Russia. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

National
Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes
The suicide bombing took place in 2010. Photo: TT

Stockholm suicide bomb investigation closes

Sweden's Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it will stop its core investigation into a suicide bombing in Stockholm four years ago. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search
The search for the missing 'submarine' is now in its sixth day. Photo: TT

Military heads into 'new phase' in sub search

A press conference on the search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters revealed that the Armed Forces would be heading into a "new phase" on Wednesday, although it remained unclear what that might involve. READ  

Lifestyle
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
The bronze replica cannon. Photo: Beth Dacey.

Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden

A replica of one of the cannons present on Stockholm's iconic Vasa warship when it sank in 1628 is being tested for the first time in central Sweden. READ  

Health
Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
Swine flu can spread between pigs and humans. Photo: TT

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 5th
National
What's on in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,007
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN