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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
The Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo: Gustav Sjöholm/TT

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'
Sweden has a housing shortage, argues Mehmet Kaplan. Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

'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  

Opinion
'Sweden is not some kind of equality paradise'
Demonstrators at an International Women's Day rally in Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

'Sweden is not some kind of equality paradise'

It's time to challenge the image of Sweden as the world's gender equality frontrunner, writes Cecilia Schelin Seidegård, head of the Swedish government's special inquiry on gender equality. READ  

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees
Mobile phone use at airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees

A decision by EU governments not to end roaming mobile charges until the end of 2018 has prompted anger from consumer groups and EU politicians who had wanted the fees ditched this year. READ  

Opinion

Romanians go hungry as mega-cathedral rises

The EU should demand that Romania meets its membership obligations and prioritizes its destitute people ahead of 'pharaoh-esque' building projects, the Liberal Party's Jenny Sonesson argues. READ  

Opinion

'We have to talk about Sweden's Isis fighters'

After three young Swedes died fighting for the Islamic State (Isis) over the weekend, Ibrahim Bouraleh, the chairman of the Järva Islamic Association in Stockholm says that Swedish authorities must work harder to prevent other killings in future. READ  

Opinion

'Sweden should follow Norway on conscription'

As Sweden decides whether to bring back compulsory military service, defence expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that Sweden would be much better off following Norway's "weak conscription" model. READ  

Opinion

'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  

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