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'Let's promote nudity in a healthy way'
Lotta Gray and her son Lennox. Photo: Private

'Let's promote nudity in a healthy way'

Swedish parents need to get more comfortable being naked around family members to help their children develop a healthy attitude to nudity, argues journalist and blogger Lotta Gray. READ  

Swedes get set for new money, money, money
Christina Wejshammar of Sweden's central bank. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Swedes get set for new money, money, money

A new smartphone app is set to help Swedes navigate the biggest switch in bank notes the country has ever seen with only two months to go before the new cash is introduced. READ  

Booming exports boost for Sweden's economy
The Swedish economy is growing. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Booming exports boost for Sweden's economy

Figures showing a surprise financial growth spurt in the second quarter of the year have been hailed as proof that Sweden's economy is on the road to recovery. READ  

Analysis
Why are Swedes so scared of Russian subs?
Not the Russian submarine mentioned in the article. Photo: AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Why are Swedes so scared of Russian subs?

UPDATED: News a wrecked Russian submarine had been found in Swedish waters stirred debate in Sweden on Tuesday - nine months after another high-profile hunt for a mystery underwater vessel. The Local asked an expert about the Swedes' seeming obsession with Russian submarines. READ  

Opinion
'We can't spend a whole year waiting for summer'
What Swedish summer? Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

'We can't spend a whole year waiting for summer'

This year's rainy summer has dampened the spirit of many a Swede. But in this week's debate article Swedish-Iranian comedian Zinat Pirzadeh explains why her love for the Nordic summer remains solid. READ  

Analysis
Why Sweden and Russia are fighting over soil
Poltava, where much of the black soil is. Photo: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP/TT

Why Sweden and Russia are fighting over soil

Both Russian and Swedish media have been debating whether the Nordic nation is set to seal a controversial deal to buy Ukranian soil. Russia analyst Elena Bazina shares her take on what the fuss is about. READ  

Opinion
'Immigrants could be Sweden's top resource'
Left, Malmö in southern Sweden, and right, workers in tech-hub region Silicon Valley. Photos: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu and Johan Nilsson/TT

'Immigrants could be Sweden's top resource'

With a large population of educated immigrants, Malmö could become Europe's Silicon Valley - but only if Sweden opens up its jobs market to foreign-born professionals, writes integration expert Sylvia Schwaag Serger. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden. READ  

Fresh debate for cheaper EU calls from Sweden
Tourists using their mobile phones in Stockholm. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

Fresh debate for cheaper EU calls from Sweden

Swedish politicians welcomed a debate on mobile charges on Tuesday, after the EU's top decisionmaker on the digital market announced that roaming fees could be ditched across the union by 2017. READ  

Sweden world's 13th most peaceful nation
Sweden's arms trade is keeping it down in the rankings. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Sweden world's 13th most peaceful nation

Sweden has been ranked the 13th most peaceful country in the world by a global peace index, down from 11th in 2014. READ  

Opinion
'Swedish equality culture is killing career growth'
Is the Swedish tradition of consensus demotivational? Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

'Swedish equality culture is killing career growth'

Sweden is famous for its equality in the workplace. But is the country's modesty and fairness in fact to blame for increasing numbers of employees taking time off because of stress? READ  

Opinion

Ten ways for the EU to regain the voters' trust

The Brexit campaign gives a voice to the distrust of the European Union that is spreading all over the continent. In order to survive, the EU must be made more transparent and open, argues Swedish MEP Fredrick Federley in this week's debate article. READ  

The Local List

Are these the five worst places to live in Sweden?

Sweden is a great place to be, from its vibrant capital to cute, picturesque towns in the countryside. But even within this Nordic paradise, there are some real dumps. Here's our guide to the five municipalities that ended up at the bottom of an annual ranking of places to live in Sweden. READ  

Does Sweden mark down foreigners' children?

Children in Sweden with foreign-born parents appear to get lower scores in national exams than from their own class teachers, research by a major Swedish daily newspaper suggests. READ  

Interview

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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