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Nordic home tax breaks are most generous in EU
Swedish homeowners enjoy the most generous tax breaks in the EU. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Nordic home tax breaks are most generous in EU

2 days ago

Sweden's controversial tax breaks for households are the most generous in the EU. But a Swedish homeowners' association has told The Local that ditching them could spark a crisis, despite other calls that they are stalling the country's economy.

Sweden Democrats gain in another record poll
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Sweden Democrats gain in another record poll

3 days ago

The Sweden Democrats scored record support in another poll on Tuesday, backing up previous surveys suggesting that voters are abandoning mainstream parties in favour of the nationalists.

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'Sweden should help foreign entrepreneurs'
Should Sweden help foreign-born entrepreneurs more? Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

'Sweden should help foreign entrepreneurs'

3 days ago

It is important for immigrants to get on to the Swedish jobs ladder. But too much focus is being placed on traditional employment instead of encouraging entrepreneurship, argues Mariah ben Salem Dynehäll.

The Local investigates
'You get street smart when you live in Malmö'
The scene of an explosion in the Möllevången area of Malmö in August. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

'You get street smart when you live in Malmö'

August 24, 2015

Since the start of the new year Malmö has on average been rocked by an explosion a week. The deputy police chief and residents speak to The Local about the Swedish city's summer of violence.

Opinion
'Swedes, you need to talk about immigration'
A man begging for money in central Stockholm. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

'Swedes, you need to talk about immigration'

August 11, 2015

Sweden's mainstream politicians' failure to talk openly about the country's conflicted relationship with immigration is paving the way for radical parties such as the Sweden Democrats, argues Fraser Nelson.

Video exposes Swedish 'anti-gay discrimination'
Straight and gay job seekers were treated differently. Photo: STHLM Panda screenshot

Video exposes Swedish 'anti-gay discrimination'

August 05, 2015

A member of a Swedish duo who went undercover to expose how employers treat gay job seekers has spoken to The Local about the video, which casts a dark shadow over Sweden's tolerant image.

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

'Let's promote nudity in a healthy way'

August 04, 2015

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.

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

July 31, 2015

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.

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

Booming exports boost for Sweden's economy

July 30, 2015

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.

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?

July 28, 2015

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.

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'

July 28, 2015

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.

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

July 22, 2015

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.

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'

July 14, 2015

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.

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

June 25, 2015

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.

Fresh debate for cheaper EU calls from Sweden

June 23, 2015

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.

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