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Teachers boost grades for kids with foreign parents
A Swedish paper has compared pupils' national test scores to their individual grades. Photo: Annette Friberg/SCANPIX

Teachers boost grades for kids with foreign parents

Second-generation immigrants and their classmates get higher grades from teachers than in the national exam. But the discrepancy is wider for children with foreign parents, research by a major Swedish daily suggests. READ  

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Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

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Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis
The problem is not confined to Sweden. Here Severine Ali Mehenni holds pictures of her daughter Sahra who left France to join jihadists. Photo: AP/TT

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis

More girls and women than ever before are leaving Sweden to fight with terrorist groups like Isis. The Local speaks to terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University about what’s luring them to leave one of the safest countries in the world to wage jihad. READ  

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'Sweden's smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce'
Sweden's neutrality is not its own choice, argues Bruce Acker. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

'Sweden's smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce'

Sweden's ability to defend its borders remains a hot topic as fears of an aggressive Russia grow stronger. In this week's debate article, defence expert Bruce Acker argues that the Nordic country's neutrality plays right into the hands of its eastern neighbour, which is unlikely to launch a military attack on Sweden as long as it is not in its interest to do so. READ  

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'Time to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak'
Dawit Isaak is a Swedish-Eritrean journalist. Photo: Kalle Ahlsén/SCANPIX

'Time to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak'

Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has spent the past 13 years imprisoned in Eritrea, which has been criticized by several human rights organizations. In this week's exclusive debate article for The Local, US campaigner Kerry Kennedy writes that it is time for the Swedish government to step up the fight to secure his release. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden is ruled by unelected policy plotters'
The Swedish government and parliament buildings. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

'Sweden is ruled by unelected policy plotters'

Sweden has long been seen as the epitome of a healthy democracy. But in this week's debate article, three researchers argue that an increase in unelected behind-the-scenes operators is threatening accountability in the Swedish political sphere. READ  

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Five questions before buying a Sweden home
Here's what you need to know before buying a home in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/SCANPIX

Five questions before buying a Sweden home

The Swedish financial watchdog scrapped plans for new mortgage rules on Thursday, meaning you can still buy a home in Sweden and never pay off the full loan. Here's The Local's guide to the five main things you need to know before taking your first step on to the property ladder in the Nordic country. READ  

Opinion
'Security Council needs Sweden's soft power'
The Swedish government is lobbying for a seat on the UN Security Council. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

'Security Council needs Sweden's soft power'

Sweden is needed on the United Nations Security Council, but it should not forget its soft power values as it lobbies for a seat, Aleksander Gabelic, chairman of the UN Association of Sweden writes in this week's debate article. READ  

Spring Budget
Budget marks return to 1990s social democracy
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in parliament on Wednesday. Photo: TT

Budget marks return to 1990s social democracy

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's centre-left coalition government's spring budget spells a return to the traditional social democratic welfare politics Sweden is known for abroad. READ  

Opinion
'Trainee jobs could end youth unemployment'
Should Sweden implement German-style trainee programmes? Photo: Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se

'Trainee jobs could end youth unemployment'

As the Swedish government announces plans to put millions of kronor towards creating thousands of trainee jobs by 2017, leading businessman Carl Bennet proposes a German-style programme to eliminate the country's endemic youth unemployment for this week's debate article. READ  

Swedish students to live inside steel containers
A 'before' picture of one of the containers that will house Swedish students. Photo: XLNT Living

Swedish students to live inside steel containers

Shipping containers are set to be rented out to students in a bid to solve Sweden's chronic housing shortage. The Local has spoken to the company behind them - and to one council feeling the housing strain. READ  

Music streaming battle heats up for Spotify
Spotify could face competition from more than just rap mogul Jay Z. Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Music streaming battle heats up for Spotify

This week's all-star launch of US rapper Jay Z's streaming music service may not have caused its Swedish rivals at Spotify to lose sleep – but analysts predict tough days ahead as tech giant Apple prepares to enter the fray. READ  

Analysis
Rocky six months for new Swedish PM Löfven
Swedish PM Stefan Löfven on a visit to the US. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Rocky six months for new Swedish PM Löfven

The Swedish centre-left coalition government's first six months in power since last year's general election have not been the whopping success that Prime Minister Stefan Löfven had been hoping for. READ  

Sweden sees Ukrainian asylum seeker boom

Sweden saw a huge spike in Ukrainians seeking asylum in 2014, with nearly eight times more applicants than the previous year, according to Eurostat data analyzed by The Local. READ  

Opinion

'Sweden has to act now to solve housing crisis'

The market alone cannot solve Sweden's acute housing crisis. In this week's opinion piece, Sweden's Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology, Mehmet Kaplan, argues that the state needs to step up to the plate. READ  

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