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'I was ashamed of not being fully Swedish'

'I was ashamed of not being fully Swedish'

What’s it like growing up in Sweden when you don’t look like anybody else? Swedish-Eritrean singer and social activist Sa’ra Charismata tells The Local about immigration, peace, and why it’s okay to be scared of other cultures. READ  

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Swedish mum makes kids' dolls with genitals
Some of Julia Taube's dolls. Photo: MyIDolls

Swedish mum makes kids' dolls with genitals

A Swedish mum-of-three has started making her own hyper-realistic dolls, designed to challenge gender stereotypes. The Local spoke to Julia Taube as she prepared to put the toys on sale, despite a backlash in one of the world's most equal nations. READ  

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Six essential shopping spots in Stockholm
Exclusive shopping street Biblioteksgatan in Stockholm's Östermalm district. Photo: TT

Six essential shopping spots in Stockholm

Sweden has a reputation for style and the nation's capital is a haven for shopaholics - once you know where to go. Here's The Local's beginner's guide to Stockholm's shopping scene in 2015, from the latest designer stores and independent boutiques to handy malls. READ  

Opinion
'Swedes need to ditch cakes at coffee time'
A very Swedish coffee break. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Swedes need to ditch cakes at coffee time'

Grabbing a cake and a coffee at least once a day is one of Sweden's best loved traditions and even has a special name: 'fika'. But Swedish medical student Haroon Bayani is calling on Swedish nationals and foreigners alike to stop reaching for sweet treats in the workplace. READ  

My Swedish Career
'Stockholm is the prettiest city in Europe'
Joshua Goddard has visited all of Europe's countries. Photo: Private

'Stockholm is the prettiest city in Europe'

In this week's My Swedish Career feature, we meet a Kiwi teacher who relocated to Stockholm and became a semi-professional globetrotter. The Local speaks to Joshua Goddard just after he completed his grand tour of Europe. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

Interview
'Serious blow' to EU if UK leaves says minister
Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

'Serious blow' to EU if UK leaves says minister

Two months after one of Sweden's biggest diplomatic disputes in decades, foreign minister Margot Wallström is ready to look to the future. In an exclusive interview with The Local, she discusses Sweden's strong stance on the Mediterranean migrant crisis and why she wants the UK to remain in the EU. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make crispy Swedish asparagus
Crispy baked asparagus. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make crispy Swedish asparagus

Asparagus season is upon us. Swedes love this green vegetable, so what better way to celebrate than with some crispy asparagus baked with traditional Swedish cheese. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local. READ  

Interview
Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis
The problem is not confined to Sweden. Here Severine Ali Mehenni holds pictures of her daughter Sahra who left France to join jihadists. Photo: AP/TT

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis

More girls and women than ever before are leaving Sweden to fight with terrorist groups like Isis. The Local speaks to terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University about what’s luring them to leave one of the safest countries in the world to wage jihad. READ  

The Local List
Nine perfect hiking spots on Stockholm's doorstep
Björnö island just outside Stockholm. Photo: Maddy Savage/The Local

Nine perfect hiking spots on Stockholm's doorstep

Sweden has one of the cleanest, greenest capitals in the world, boasting a total of 26 parks. But you don't have to go too far outside the city centre to find some even more magical beauty spots. Alec Forss shares his favourite hiking locations just a short bus or train ride away. READ  

The Local List
Five top facts: Sweden's Eurovision entry
Sweden's Eurovision star Måns Zelmerlöw. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Five top facts: Sweden's Eurovision entry

UPDATED: Just three years after winning Eurovision, Sweden is again tipped as one of the favourites to take home the crown on Saturday. Here, The Local brings you the five things you need to know about the 28-year-old Swedish heartthrob who has stirred up quite the social media buzz in Vienna. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden's smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce'
Sweden's neutrality is not its own choice, argues Bruce Acker. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

'Sweden's smug wisdom of neutrality is a farce'

Sweden's ability to defend its borders remains a hot topic as fears of an aggressive Russia grow stronger. In this week's debate article, defence expert Bruce Acker argues that the Nordic country's neutrality plays right into the hands of its eastern neighbour, which is unlikely to launch a military attack on Sweden as long as it is not in its interest to do so. READ  

Analysis - Sweden's school crisis
Low marks for Sweden's muddled teacher training
Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Low marks for Sweden's muddled teacher training

Serious failings in Sweden's teacher training system go a long way to explaining the country's steep drop in school rankings, according to a new OECD report. READ  

The Local List
Eight great Stockholm summer secrets
Enjoy a picnic at Monteliusvägen in Stockholm. Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

Eight great Stockholm summer secrets

What is there to do in Stockholm when you've done everything on the tourist trail? Here are some of the best - and least known - activities to try out in Sweden's beautiful capital. READ  

My Swedish Career
‘I brought my childhood summerhouse to life’
Finnish businesswoman Sara Vilkko, who now lives in Stockholm. Photo: Martina Klimesova

‘I brought my childhood summerhouse to life’

After growing up in Rovaniemi in Finland before enjoying an advertising career in London, Sara Vilkko, 38, chose Stockholm as the city from which to launch a new app game for toddlers based on her own childhood holiday experiences. READ  

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