• Sweden edition
 
University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Swedish pupils' maths skills don't add up
A Swedish student does her homework. File: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish pupils' maths skills don't add up

The majority of Swedish high-school students can't work out simple sums, researchers have warned after grading a math skill test taken by 1,500 pupils in Sweden. They were stumped that teachers had not raised the alarm. READ () »

Op-Ed
'Using the F word disrespects immigrants'
File photo: Shutterstock

'Using the F word disrespects immigrants'

American expat Karen Rowland argues that immigrants would never make light of the Swedish language's worst profanities, so why should native Swedes use the F word jokingly? READ () »

Op-Ed
No wonder Swedish kids can't solve problems

No wonder Swedish kids can't solve problems

As another dismal Pisa report leaves parents up in arms and policymakers fretting, The Local’s David Landes tells of a recent letter from a teacher that helps explain why Swedish students can’t solve problems. READ () »

Sweden tumbles again in Pisa school rankings
High-school students take a selfie with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. File: TT

Sweden tumbles again in Pisa school rankings

A new Pisa education report about children's problem solving abilities has seen Sweden drop below the OECD average again. Swedish kids scored the poorest marks among children in the Nordic countries. READ () »

Op-Ed
Nobody hates men as much as other men do
Kawa Zolfagary and an excerpt of a Swedish law text. Files: Private, TT

Nobody hates men as much as other men do

As a Swedish court frees a teen of sexual coercion because he didn't understand that shooting his victim with an air gun was threatening, writer Kawa Zolfagary explains why he's tired of a justice system that treats men like dumb monsters. READ () »

Opinion: Free speech
Why Sweden should cherish pupils who blocked Sweden Democrat
File image of Globala Gymnasiet, March 24th 2014. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Why Sweden should cherish pupils who blocked Sweden Democrat

A national newspaper has slammed a group of students that prevented a young Sweden Democrat from speaking at their school. But really we should be proud they took a stand, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld. READ () »

'We need emojis with Muslim headscarves'
A crown, a halo, and a turban... but no hijab or kippah. Photo: The Local

'We need emojis with Muslim headscarves'

A Swedish art professor has applauded Apple's promise to diversify its emoticon options, including figures wearing religious headgear such as the hijab. READ () »

'Swedish kids should be graded from age ten'
File photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

'Swedish kids should be graded from age ten'

The Swedish government said on Monday that Swedish school children should be graded from year four when students are around ten years old, cutting the current grading norm by two years. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Equip yourself with knowledge
Photo: Stockholm School of Economics

Equip yourself with knowledge

Statistics from UNESCO reveal that there were approximately 100 million people with a higher education in 2000. Ten years later, the figure was 178 million, and it is estimated that more than 400 million will have a degree by 2030. READ () »

New bid to help foreign pupils learn Swedish

New bid to help foreign pupils learn Swedish

The Swedish government wants to inject 1.8 billion kronor ($250 million) into Swedish language courses for students with foreign backgrounds, a move that would see a surge in new teaching positions. READ () »

China unlocks profit for Volvo Cars
An employee at the Volvo plant in Chengdu, China. File: AP/TT

China unlocks profit for Volvo Cars

Cost cuts and China sales have increased Volvo Cars' profit despite a slump in revenue. The company hopes to ramp up production in Chengdu fivefold and use its ownership structure to its advantage. READ () »

Op-Ed
Banksy, you are not welcome in Stockholm!
A Banksy piece in London. File: Kenneth Lyngaas/Flickr

Banksy, you are not welcome in Stockholm!

The elusive superstar artist Banksy may be heading to Stockholm, but is he truly welcome here? He would be if a conservative City Hall would lift its controversial zero-tolerance policy on graffiti, argues the Greens' Mats Berglund. READ () »

Swedish court clears teacher who yanked pupil
File photo: TT

Swedish court clears teacher who yanked pupil

UPDATED: A Swedish teacher who pulled a misbehaving student out of the classroom will not have to pay damages to the pupil's family, a district court said in a ruling welcomed by the teachers' union. READ () »

Op-Ed
'Sweden's entry-level wages are too high'
Swedish kronor. Photo: Shutterstock

'Sweden's entry-level wages are too high'

A new report has blamed youth unemployment on Sweden's high entry-level salaries. Liberal commentator Nima Sanandaji says bringing Sweden's wage scale in line with other rich EU countries could boost employment opportunities. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

751
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com