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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  

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'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
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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  

Analysis

Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters

With Sweden engaged in its biggest domestic military operation since the Cold War, The Local spoke to Johan Wiktorin, a fellow at the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences, to get insight into what’s going on in the Stockholm archipelago. READ  

Opinion

Why high-earners should not pay more tax

This week, Sweden's new coalition agreed to raise taxes for people earning more than 50,000 kronor ($6,914) a month. But the decision could damage the country's global reputation, writes Robert Biojie from trade union confederation Saco. READ  

Opinion

Should Sweden's school age be raised?

After the new coalition announced plans to extend Sweden's compulsory schooling until the age of 18, The Local asked two Swedes at high school if they agreed with the idea. READ  

Opinion

Sweden 'missed' global opportunities

As Stefan Löfven attempts to form a coalition government, Social Democrat MEP Jytte Guteland says her party needs to focus on Sweden's international image. READ  

Analysis

'Evolution' for Sweden's crowd-funding scene

The Local checks out crowd-funding in Sweden as US giant Kickstarter announces plans to launch in Scandinavia. READ  

Opinion

Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?

Scotland votes on whether to become independent on Thursday and the Scottish National Party has suggested closer ties with Scandinavia if the 'yes' camp wins. The Local asked two readers if they agreed with Scotland splitting from the UK. READ  

Opinion

Should men vote for Sweden's feminists?

The Local asked two first-time male voters in Sweden if they would cast a ballot for the Feminist party. READ  

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