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Sweden’s first Apple store opens in Stockholm

Miscellaneous: September 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am by OG

One YouTube film maker captured the scene in Tby, north of Stockholm, as Apple opened its first store in Sweden on Saturday, September 15th.

The scene was a real iOpener…

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The Local ‘Newsblip’ on Twitter

Miscellaneous: July 20th, 2012 at 10:02 am by OG

The Local has launched a new concept on Twitter — The Newsblip, or as we like to call it #NEWSBLIP.

Here, our Twitter followers (Tweeps? Twollowers?) can enjoy even more Swedish news with some of those smaller nuggets making their way to your Twitter feed in 140 characters or less.

Here was our first ever blip, from Thursday July 12th:

  • #NEWSBLIP: stersund man found 6 billion SEK in his bank account on Wednesday: “I almost fainted!” Cash vanished 2 hrs later. Bank baffled.

The idea is also for additional reader interaction so we can what YOU want to read more about.

This Blip from Friday prompted a buzzing Twitter interaction (Twinteraction?) and a flurry of reader photos, resulting in a full story with more information shortly after, including a gallery of photos:

  • #NEWSBLIP: An enormous swarm of bees terrorized central Stockholm this afternoon. Who said Friday 13th was nothing to worry about?

So, be sure to follow us on Twitter @thelocalsweden for more Twitter Blips!

Keeping you in the loop,

The Local team.

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Bieber sells out two Stockholm concerts

Miscellaneous: July 6th, 2012 at 12:54 pm by OG

Justin Bieber’s Stockholm concert sold out in just 41 minutes.

The 12,500 tickets went on sale at 9am on Friday, for a concert that will be held at The Globe on April 22nd next year.

Luckily for Swedish “Beliebers”, Justin has announced a second concert in the Swedish capital.

The second concert was announced later in the morning, and also sold out — in 45 mintutes! This concert will be held April 23rd.

Click here to read an earlier report on The Local about Justin Bieber mania heading to Stockholm

For those people who don’t understand what all the fuzz is about Justin Bieber, the 18-year-old heartthrob born in Canada, below is a video of a song he released on May 2nd, called “Boyfriend”.

It has been viewed almost 100 million times.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel hails ‘Swedish-American’ Chicago

Miscellaneous: June 29th, 2012 at 11:10 am by DL

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff for US President Barack Obama, highlighted his town’s “Swedish-American” history in a short video released on Thursday.

The clip was produced to coincide with the US Independence Day reception hosted by the US Embassy in Stockholm at the residence of current US ambassador Mark Brzezinski, whose wife Natalia, is also a Chicago native.

Check it out below:

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Prime Minister Reinfeldt chats with The Local

Miscellaneous: May 23rd, 2012 at 4:27 pm by OG

If you missed it yesterday, here’s The Local’s editor David Landes snagging Prime Minister Reinfeldt for a chat before Princess Estelle’s baptism. Always nice to know the PM has time for TL!

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‘Racist’ cake controversy puts The Local front and centre

Miscellaneous: April 19th, 2012 at 4:05 pm by OG

Thanks in no small part to reporting by The Local, the whole world seems to talking about Sweden’s minister of culture and her cutting of a ‘racist’ cake.

Indeed, a scroll through articles about the incident listed on Google News shows that major media outlets the world over caught wind of the story via The Local.

Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Huffington Post, MSNBC all quote The Local in their reporting about the incident.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to those of us at The Local or our regular readers who are accustomed to reading stories about Sweden on The Local a day or two before they hit the international press.

Click here for at a look at a galleryof a five other stories that made headlines around the world after first appearing as a headline on The Local.

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The Local reaches 20,000+ Facebook fans

Miscellaneous: April 13th, 2012 at 2:39 pm by OG

Well, that didn’t take long!

We’re proud to announce that we’ve reached the milestone of 20,000 “likes” on Facebook.

This news came after 60 new followers jumped to the cause after we announced we were nearly there on Wednesday.

60 new followers in two days… suppose that means 50, 000 is just around the corner.

If you’re one of the 20K, thanks for your support!

If not (yet), please click “like” here to keep up to date with Sweden’s news in English (and Germany, Switzerland, Norway and France’s news too!)

And have a nice weekend.


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20,000 Facebook fans… almost!

Miscellaneous: April 10th, 2012 at 5:26 pm by OG

The number of “fans” on our Facebook page has grown to almost 20,000.

In fact, as this is being typed, the figure stands at 19,952.

Will you be the lucky person who takes us over the hump??

If you’re not already a fan, click here, “like” the page, and enjoy the highlights of the news (from all our five European sites).

What are you waiting for?

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New Word of the Week – revealed!

Miscellaneous: April 2nd, 2012 at 11:58 am by OG

So, did you guess the word of the week this week? Here at The Local, we were fairly gobsmacked that no-one clued on…

You’ll kick yourself when you hear it…

It was…


We did have one reader who correctly guessed it, however that was three weeks ago after we slipped a “gobsmacked” in as a red-herring.

So once again, The Local takes home the cake and the scoreboard now reads TL: 5 – Readers: 0

In case you missed them, the articles containing the word in question were:

One of these was an April Fools’ story, too.

According to dictionary.com, gobsmacked is defined as an adjective meaningastounded or astonished, springing from British slang.

According to Tyda.se, gobsmacked can be translated into Swedish with the word “chockad”.

As for next week, keep an eagle eye out and you may become the first to guess The Local’s Word of The Week correctly. Simplyemail us or tweet to us @thelocalsweden with a #tlwow hashtag.

Perhaps we’ll make this one even easier for you…

Good luck!


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The Local list hits YouTube

Miscellaneous: March 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am by OG

A reader has made a YouTube version of our recent List of Ten Swedish words you won’t find in English

Thanks to The Swedish Lad for that one! Stay tuned at The Local for more fun lists in the not too distant future.

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The latest Word of the Week from The Local

Miscellaneous: March 26th, 2012 at 3:02 pm by DL

Time once again for us to announce The Local’s Word of the Week for last week, March 19-23 (week 12).

Readers had to search extra hard as last week’s word didn’t appear as often as previous words of the week.

Ironically, this rather sparse showing for last week’s word is more or less in direct contrast with its meaning.

So what was the Word of the Week?


According to Merriam Webster‘s online dictionary, bevy is defined as:

1) a large group or collection
2) a group of animals and especially quail

Equivalent Swedish words include “skock” and “flock”, according to Tyda.se.

As it turned out, however, there wasn’t really a bevy of articles featuring last week’s Word of the Week, which appeared in the following stories:

iPad-hungry Swedes make tablet sales double
Swan ‘chaos’ erupts after Swedish rocket attack

Keep an eye out this week for more out-of-the ordinary words which might qualify as the Word of the Week.

Let us know your guesses or your ownsuggestionsby sending an email to news@thelocal.se or tweeting us @thelocalsweden with a #tlwow hashtag.

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Word of the week…. revealed!

Miscellaneous: March 19th, 2012 at 2:21 pm by OG

The Local wins the third round of Word of the Week, despite more guesses than ever this time.

It seems we caught you out with a few red herrings, such as kerfuffle, and bamboozle.

But, The Local did the final bamboozling, and we can now reveal that the word of the week for the 12th to the 19th March (known as week 11 in Sweden) was…


Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a noun meaning

:the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten;especially:the condition of beingoblivious

:the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown

Its Swedish equivalent according to tyda.se is glmska, meaning “The state of being disregarded or forgotten.

In case you don’t remember this popping up every day, or don’t believe us – here is the list of articles containing “oblivion”.

In terms of a Swedish word we quite like at The Local – why not try “att harkla” – a verb meaning “to clear your throat”. Sure, not an easy one to slip into a conversation, but no doubt likely to impress someone with your expertise.

Be sure to let us know if you think you’ve seen an unusual word popping up this week, email us or tweet to us @thelocalsweden – with a #tlwow hashtag.

Willyou be the first to guess it right, or willwe be taking in the honour for the fourth week running.

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Sweden’s 15 most influential tweeters

Miscellaneous: March 15th, 2012 at 12:25 pm by OG

If you’ve already followedthe local staff on Twitterand are looking to follow more people, here’s the full list of Sweden’s top 15 “most influential” tweeters, according toMedieakademin’s research.There are 200,000 people using Twitter in Sweden.

1 Jonas Gardell, comedian/author.
2 Carl Bildt, politician.
3 Annika Lantz, journalist.
4 Timbuktu, musician.
5 Magnus Betnr, comedian.
6 Soran Ismail, comedian.
7 Niklas Svensson, journalist.
8 Maria Wetterstrand, politician.
9 Emanuel Karlsten, social media expert.
10 Jan Gradvall, journalist.
11 Fredrik Virtanen, journalist.
12 Hans Rosling, professor of international health.
13 Leif Pagrotsky, politician.
14 Isabella Lwengrip, blogger.
15 Lena Sundstrm, journalist

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The Local’s new ‘Word of the Week’

Miscellaneous: March 12th, 2012 at 4:49 pm by OG

For the last two weeks, The Local has been including a Word of the Week in at least one story on every weekday, in an effort to add a little spice to the news and to keep readers on their toes.

There were a handful of emails and tweet-guesses; however, no-one succeeded again this week, and now The Local has taken home the first two rounds.

The Word of the Week for March 2-March 9 (known as Week 10″ in Sweden) was:


Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a transitive verb meaning to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder

The word appeared in the following five stories last week:

And for those working on their Swedish, heres The Locals Swedish word of the week, which obviously never made it into any articles, but has a special place in our hearts:

Att flanera

Which according to tyda.se means to saunter, or stroll about. Pepper your Swedish small talk with this one to impress your friends!

So – keep your eye out this week for a word that’s a little out of the ordinary, and seems to be popping up regularly… one’s already up there…

And feel free to let us know your guesses (or provide suggestions) via Twitter at @TheLocalSweden with a #tlwow hashtag or drop an email to news@thelocal.se — Will YOU be the first ever correct guesser?

Happy reading!

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Follow us on Twitter!

Miscellaneous: March 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm by OG

Here at The Local, we just thought we’d remind you that we’re actively tweeting. For those of you with Twitter, our Swedish journalists are tweeting at the following accounts:

David Landes, Editor: @davelandes

Rebecca Martin, Deputy Editor: @darlinbec

Oliver Gee, Journalist: @TheUppsalaKoala

Of course, The Local Live Feed is available at@TheLocalSweden

Be sure to follow them for the news as it happens, for live-tweeting from Swedens bigger events, and wed even venture to suggest the occasional laugh out loud (all in 140 characters or less, of course).

In the meantime, watch this space as we keep you updated with further online developments.

Let us know if there are other social media networks you think The Local should embrace!

Keeping you in the loop, The Local.

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Word of the Week: Feb. 27-March 2

Media, Miscellaneous: March 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by DL

Since last week (February 26-March 2), The Local has been including a “Word of the Week” in at least one story on every weekday.

We’re encouraging readers to keep a close eye on our stories to see if they can ferret out exactly which word has been chosen to add a bit of linguistic spice to our texts.

Following our mention of the Word of the Week in last week’s Fridayemail, a number of readers submitted their guesses via Twitter including “gobsmacked” and “Estelle”, the name of Sweden’s newest princess.

However, the Word of the Week for February 26-March 2 (known as “Week 9″ in Sweden) was:


Indeed, blistering, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “extremely intense or severe” or “very rapid” appeared in the following five stories last week:

Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut
Stockholm men ranked ‘world’s sexiest’
Swedish man paid cash to have money cleaned
Sweden beats Croatia 3-1
Teen kills man, 84, over ‘sex blackmail’ plot

According to online English-Swedish dictionary Tyda.se, the Swedish translations for “blistering” include” brnnande”, “svidande” or “hastig”.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the new Word of the Week in stories published this week. The word will be revealed here next week.

And feel free to to let us know your guesses (or provide suggestions) via Twitter at @TheLocalSwedenwith a #tlwow hashtag or drop an email to news@thelocal.se.

Happy reading!

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God Jul to all our readers!

Miscellaneous: December 22nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm by PR

Sweden may not be fully clothed in snow but the julbord is most definitely calling and Karl-Bertil is almost ready for action.

But what about some Christmas cheer from our other editions? In Switzerland we have a piece on the Swiss Mr Christmas, who “dresses trees, not women”. Meanwhile in Germany we look at Saxony’s Christmas wood carving tradition.

Slightly odder, but no less cheery, is the news of a Christmas star that lodged itself in a baby’s throat.

It’s bad news from France, though. Santa has been arrested after wielding a gun in a row – over Christmas trees.

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A sneak peak at the new Dragon Tattoo

Miscellaneous: May 29th, 2011 at 8:33 pm by DL

Even though the official release of the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is more than 6 months away, a trailer for the film found its way on to YouTube this weekend

The ‘Feel Bad’ movie of the season, indeed…

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BBC puts Jimmie kesson in the hotseat

Miscellaneous: January 26th, 2011 at 2:39 pm by DL

Many Swedes tuned into to Wednesdy morningparliamentarydebate about extremism in the Swedish Riksdag. Requested by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, the debate gave party leader Jimmie kesson a chance to make his case about the ties between immigration and Islamic extremism.

While kesson maintained his composure on Wednesday, he appeared somewhat less polished during aninterview with the BBC which aired the day before.

Are British journalists just tougher than those in Sweden, or is kesson just less adept at making his case in English?

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Why we have removed comments from some articles

Miscellaneous: December 13th, 2010 at 8:56 pm by DL

Many of you will no doubt have noticed that we are not currently allowing comments on articles relating to Saturday’s Stockholm bombings.

We’re really sorry we had to do this – The Local always strives to encourage a reasoned discussion about events in the news. Yet we know from experience that articles like this attract comments which offend other readers.

When comment threads start to attract a large number of offensive comments, they place unreasonable burdens on our team, whose priority is to bring readers the latest news about the bombings, not to firefight in the comment threads.

Many people, quite understandably, will argue that by removing comments The Local is preventing an open discussion about immigration, integration, terrorism and religion. We have two reponses to this: first, it is not strictly true – any member who is signed in can comment about events in our Discuss section, whether on the Stockholm bombings via The official Stockholm explosion thread or on other articles published on The Local.

Moreover, we will not accept that a small minority of readers (and it really is a tiny but vocal minority) use The Local to spread innuendo and make unsubstantiated allegations about entire groups of citizens, thus offending a large majority of our readers.

It’s worth at this point reminding ourselves what we actually know: so far, only one man has so far been implicated in the bombings. Others may also have been involved; there are certainly plenty of unsavoury people out there who support his actions. But as a news organization, it’s our job to stick to the facts – and we rely on our readers to help us with this in the comment threads. When people fail to stick to this basic requirement, we will no longer allow comments.

When it comes to the bombing, we will report the facts of the case as they are revealed. We will also solicit the opinions of people in Sweden and abroad and we will allow moderated discussion in our Discuss section. Meanwhile, if you have any feedback about our coverage, please contact us directly at:news@thelocal.se

Many thanks for your understanding.

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