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Interview
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm

Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. READ  

The Local List
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Photo: TT

Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Swedish football hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the headlines almost as much for his offhand comments as for his footballing prowess. Here are our ten favourite Zlatan quotes. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden should follow Norway on conscription'
Sweden's Armed Forces in action. Photo: TT

'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  

My Swedish Career
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Musician Luigi Bozzolan playing his favourite instrument, the piano. Photo: Private

Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland

For this week’s My Swedish Career we meet Italian musician Luigi Bozzolan, whose love for jazz led him to move to Sweden, not once but twice. Now lingering in Lapland, he's sharing his passion with students in the frozen north. READ  

Interview
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
Comedian Al Pitcher has launched his new tour. Photo: www.alpitcher.com

'Swedes are funnier than they think'

New Zealand-born Al Pitcher launched his new comedy show in Stockholm this week. There wasn't a dull moment as The Local phoned up the man who has become one of Sweden's hottest comedians, while he took an eventful stroll in the capital. READ  

Analysis
Why a foreign vessel lurks in Swedish waters
The HMS Stockholm patrols Jungfrufjärden in the Stockholm archipelago on Monday morning. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

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  

My Swedish Career
US woman starts up Swedish toy store online
Leigh Neil and a llama hand puppet. Photo: Private

US woman starts up Swedish toy store online

For this week's My Swedish Career we meet Leigh Neil, who one day came to realize that there was a gap in the Swedish market for children's toys and decided to do something about it. READ  

The Local Quiz
How good is your Swedish?
Could this picture be a clue to the language quiz? Photo credit: Shutterstock

How good is your Swedish?

Think you know the Swedish language? Think again. We've compiled a list of ten tantalizingly tricky questions, each with three mind-bogglingly tough red-herring answers that are completely wrong. Can you get the highest score? READ  

The Local List
Ten things expat men notice in Sweden
Nudity in Sweden is a thing. And the expat guys notice. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Ten things expat men notice in Sweden

Last month The Local's list of things expat women notice when they move to Sweden got people talking. But what about expat men? Our Deputy Editor Oliver Gee has been living here for four years and takes on the topic with some of his foreign friends. READ  

The Local's expat shopping basket
Sweden second priciest for home comforts
Photo credit: Shopping photo: Shutterstock

Sweden second priciest for home comforts

It's the question on everyone's lips: Which country in The Local's network offers the best value for wistful expats craving comfort food and drink from home? Well, wonder no more! READ  

Nobel Prizes
The Local's alternative guide to the Nobel Prizes
Most Confusing Win? Meet Patrick Modiano, Laureate for Literature. Photo: TT

The Local's alternative guide to the Nobel Prizes

Now that the Nobel dust has settled, The Local's Oliver Gee hands out his own prizes for the best and worst moments of the week - from Best Laureate Name to the Most Helpful Simile. READ  

JobTalk Sweden
Five golden rules for a Swedish job interview
The dreaded wait for a job interview. Photo:Shutterstock.

Five golden rules for a Swedish job interview

You've landed a job interview at a Swedish company, but how should you approach it? Peter Helin - Marketing Coordinator at careerbuilder.se - has given his top tips to The Local. READ  

Exclusive interview
Swedish child bride's mother 'heartbroken'
12-year-old 'Thea' who will marry this weekend. Photo: Plan International

Swedish child bride's mother 'heartbroken'

There has been global outrage over a wedding blog supposedly written by Norway's first child bride. But the schoolgirl in the photos is actually an actress from Sweden and her mother has spoken exclusively to The Local. READ  

Opinion
Why high-earners should not pay more tax
High earners in Sweden will have less cash in future. Photo: Shutterstock

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  

Lifestyle
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Peter Haber as Beck. Photo: TT

Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss

Scandinavian television has developed a global reputation for quality, thanks to The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen and Wallander. The Local's Paul Connolly has picked five more great Swedish box sets to curl up to this winter. READ  

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Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
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'Swedes are funnier than they think'
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QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
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