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Video: The best & worst of Swedish Christmas
Tom says he is a big fan of the food. Photo: The Local

Video: The best & worst of Swedish Christmas

What's the best thing about Christmas in Sweden? The worst? And perhaps most importantly, the tastiest? The Local's Paul O'Mahony hits the Old Town's Christmas market as the first snow of the season falls to find out more. READ  

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How to make Swedish Christmas ham
The traditional Christmas ham. Photo: Max Holmberg/Flickr

How to make Swedish Christmas ham

Every year Swedes devour the Christmas ham - or julskinka - with relish, with an estimated 7,000 tonnes sold annually. But just how do you prepare this succulent delight? Fear no more as The Local finds out. READ  

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Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå
The sun sets early in Umeå, but luckily there is still plenty to do. Photo: Umeå2014

Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå

After a recent trip to the wild north, The Local's Oliver Gee recommends eight things to do in Umeå when the sun isn't shining. Which at this time of the year, is almost all day. READ  

Video: Light therapy
Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school
Dragonskolan in Umeå at 2pm in December. Photo: The Local

Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school

Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December and a high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons. The Local’s Maddy Savage went to take a look. READ  

Opinion
Why it's time to celebrate Sweden's diverse identity
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Why it's time to celebrate Sweden's diverse identity

Sweden will never eliminate cultural differences by trying to deny they exist or avoiding discussing them. Now, more than ever, Swedes must embrace them instead, argues Norhan Elhakeem, a Stockholm-based Canadian journalist with Egyptian blood. READ  

Interview
'Watch my movie and then get a divorce'
Swedish film director Ruben Östlund. Photo: TT

'Watch my movie and then get a divorce'

With a Golden Globe nomination under his belt, Director Ruben Östlund talks to The Local about his new movie, why Scandinavia shouldn't follow in Hollywood's footsteps, and why he wants you to get a divorce. READ  

Opinion
'All nuclear weapons must be abolished'
Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Photo:Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

'All nuclear weapons must be abolished'

The lessons of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 1940s must never be forgotten and there should be a united front to ensure all nuclear weapons are decommissioned, says Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

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Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?
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Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?

Tattoos have become so commonplace in Sweden that Stockholm is now believed to be home to the world's most inked population outside of tribal societies. The Local takes a closer look at the trend. READ  

Opinion
'Immigration has to become a political issue'
Uppsala mosque. Photo: TT

'Immigration has to become a political issue'

Sweden's politicians will fuel further segregation and the rise of the nationalist Sweden Democrats if they refuse to develop a new language on immigration, argues Mohammed Amin Kharraki, a teacher and spokesperson for Sweden's Islamic Association. READ  

Swedes host festive meals for 'lonely' guests
A traditional Swedish Christmas dinner. Photo: Leif R Jansson/TT

Swedes host festive meals for 'lonely' guests

A Swedish woman's plan to embrace the spirit of Christmas by inviting a stranger around for a festive feast has caused a social media stir, as reports emerge of similar initiatives across the country. READ  

My Swedish Career
'I'm one of 300 people in the world with my job'
Robin Allen at work. Photo: Private

'I'm one of 300 people in the world with my job'

For this week’s My Swedish Career, The Local's Mimmi Nilsson chats to Robin Allen, a British flight inspector who recently touched down in Norrköping. With a happy-go-lucky attitude, he says he's 'winging it' in Sweden, but seems to have made a safe landing so far. READ  

Video: The Local asks...
What should happen to capital's iconic junction?
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What should happen to capital's iconic junction?

Stockholm's Social Democrat-Green city council recently halted demolition work on Slussen, an iconic Stockholm junction that has split opinion in the city for decades. The Local asked Stockholmers what they thought should happen next? READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish gingersnap biscuits
Swedish gingerbread creations in the making. Photo: lottasvensson/Flickr

How to make Swedish gingersnap biscuits

Ginger snap biscuits or pepparkakor are enjoyed throughout the winter in Sweden and the nation celebrates the sweet festive snack on December 9th each year. Food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local... READ  

Election 2015
Majority of Swedes back snap election in 2015
Sweden is holding a snap election. Photo: TT

Majority of Swedes back snap election in 2015

More than two thirds of Swedes have backed Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's decision to call a fresh election next March according to a new poll, while Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson has been tipped to make a comeback for the vote. READ  

Opinion
Sweden's mess reveals Denmark's strength
Unlike her counterpart in Stockholm, Helle Thorning-Schmidt knows that what matters is what can pass through parliament. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Sweden's mess reveals Denmark's strength

With Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven forced to call a new election just three months into his term, Danish journalist and political commentator David Trads says the crisis reveals the strength of Denmark's coalition government. READ  

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