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Opinion
How Swedish writing reflects benefits of shorter work day
Work hard, fika hard. Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

BJ Epstein, senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia, on what the world can learn from the Swedish work-life balance.

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Five ways to boost Sweden's sharing economy
Taxi driver protesting Uber in Brazil this month. Photo: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

How can Sweden ensure that the sharing economy is put to the best use? Mattias Goldmann from liberal-green thinktank Fores shares his five best strategies.

Opinion
We love Europe, so give us the passports to prove it
Brits are set to lose their EU citizenship, but Stuart Bonar is asking Europe to help those who want to keep it. Photo: Christopher Elison

The 16 million Brits who voted to stay in the EU could soon be deprived of their European citizenship. EU countries should let them keep it, says Swedish learner Stuart Bonar.

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The day I learned how to squeeze a Swedish elephant
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf saying hello to an elephant. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Is making yourself understood more important than correct grammar?

Opinion
Stop treating Norrland like a monkey in a zoo
Anna-Stina Ericson. Photo: Private

Norrland is not a charming, awkward place you go to visit – it is more than half of Sweden, writes Anna-Stina Ericson.

Opinion
'Don't turn the Pope into a global teddy bear'
Sweden's Queen Silvia and Princess Leonore visiting Pope Francis in the Vatican last year. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

It's time to hold the Pope to account and make sure he turns his words about reform into action, argues a minister of the Swedish Church ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Sweden.

Analysis
Are we just going to let half the country die?
A closed store in the Swedish countryside (library photo). Photo: Helena Landstedt / TT

Small towns in Sweden, America and Europe are dying – and until we start to see this as a problem the populists will keep on growing, writes James Savage.

Opinion
'Superficial positivity dominates our lives'
Do we live in a world where naive optimism is encouraged? Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

We live in a world where social media and fancy values hide our flaws. But this functional idiocy is the road to ruin, argues professor Mats Alvesson.

Analysis
Just how 'far right' are the Sweden Democrats?
The Sweden Democrats logo. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

After Sweden's PM fell foul of a slip of the tongue, The Local spoke to three political scientists on the tricky matter of finding appropriate labels for the Sweden Democrats.

Opinion
'The tech sector should lead the move away from cities'
The road to the future has to go through rural Sweden, argues Paul Connolly. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

It's time for the urban tech sector to wake up and realize that the future of provincial Sweden is central to the future of Sweden, argues Paul Connolly of Skellefteå-based Hello Future.

Opinion
Swedish leaders need to be prepared for tech challenges
Will robots take over your jobs? Photo: Eric Piermont/AP

Will your job still exist in ten years' time? How will society and businesses adapt to the advancements that are on their way?

Opinion: US Elections
Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

If you're an American in Europe, don't let high-minded queasiness stop you using your vote - there's too much at stake, says Laura Shields of Democrats Abroad.

Opinion
'If Sweden really wants startups, drop the red tape'
Tech star Tayyab Shabab, who is being threatened with deportation. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Swedish politicians are keen to talk up the country's startups – but their migration rules threaten to strangle them, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage.

Ericsson to end manufacturing in Sweden?
Ericsson's headquarters in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The closure of the telecoms giant's last remaining manufacturing plants in the country would mean the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Opinion
'It's not that I'm good, it's that your husband is bad'
Stefan Lagergren with his daughter Alice. Photo: Angelica Lagergren

This Swedish blogger has a message for dads who aren't pulling their weight with the kids.

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