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Eighth happiest: why are the Swedes not pleased?
Swedes are the eighth happiest people in the world. Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

Eighth happiest: why are the Swedes not pleased?

Sweden is the eighth happiest country in the world, according to the UN. But the result has not gone down well in the Nordic country. The Local caught up with an expert to find out why. READ  

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How to make Swedish strawberry cream cake
Strawberry cream cake is a Swedish favourite. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make Swedish strawberry cream cake

As the first strawberries of the season went on sale in southern Sweden this week for a whopping 894 kronor ($103) a box, we bring you this timely recipe for traditional Swedish strawberry cream cake by food writer John Duxbury. READ  

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My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get
Swedes eat crayfish in August. Only in August. Photo: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the Swedes have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, The Local's Emma Löfgren, who has recently returned to Sweden from the UK, lists some of the Nordic traits that leave her foreign friends bemused. READ  

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'Security Council needs Sweden's soft power'
The Swedish government is lobbying for a seat on the UN Security Council. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

'Security Council needs Sweden's soft power'

Sweden is needed on the United Nations Security Council, but it should not forget its soft power values as it lobbies for a seat, Aleksander Gabelic, chairman of the UN Association of Sweden writes in this week's debate article. READ  

Swedish baby groups help immigrant parents
Parenthood in a foreign country can feel lonely. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish baby groups help immigrant parents

Sweden has just been rated the top place in the world for expats to raise families, as The Local reported last week. But there is a flip side and immigrant parents often report feeling isolated from their native neighbours, so some Swedes are helping to break the ice. READ  

My Swedish Career
'Cultural events aren't as common as you expect'
Laura Pertuy preparing leaflets for the French Film Festival. Photo: The Local

'Cultural events aren't as common as you expect'

Parisian Laura Pertuy, 27, helped relaunch Stockholm's French Film Festival this month and is hoping to forge closer links between the two European countries closest to her heart as she embarks on a new life in Sweden. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish cardamom ice cream
Cardamom ice cream. Photo: John Duxbury

How to make Swedish cardamom ice cream

As Sweden edges closer to summer, how about learning how to make a cool dessert with one of Swedes' favourite spices? This creamy cardamom ice cream (kardemummaglass in Swedish) is easy to make and easy to scoop. John Duxbury shares his favourite recipe with The Local. READ  

The Local List
Sweden's best beautiful bargain property spots
A home for sale in Tomelillia, Skåne this week. Photo: TT

Sweden's best beautiful bargain property spots

Fancy owning a stunning home in Sweden for the same price as a shed in London or New York? It's the best time in years for Brits and Americans to invest in the Nordic nation, thanks to the weak kronor. Here's The Local's guide to snapping up a gorgeous property for less than €100,000 (£72,000, $106,009, 933,210 kronor). READ  

My Swedish Career
'Running's for creatives, not just nerds'
Stockholm has numerous running trails. Photo: Richard Ortega

'Running's for creatives, not just nerds'

From working front of house at Stockholm's biggest summer club to launching a running and lifestyle brand aimed at hipsters, 35-year-old Australian Kristian Hell is one of the hottest names on the capital's creative scene and says networking is the key to his success. READ  

The Local Music
The Local's top Swedish songs of  the month: April
Sweden's Seinabo Sey is one of the stars with a new track out this month. Photo: TT

The Local's top Swedish songs of the month: April

The Local's music guru, Paul Connolly, chooses six songs to take you through the first bright days of spring as part of our monthly series of top Swedish tracks. READ  

Interview
'Sweden has met every test of global citizenship'
Madeleine Albright (right) with President Obama in 2008. Photo: TT

'Sweden has met every test of global citizenship'

The first woman to represent the US in foreign affairs, veteran politician Madeleine Albright spoke to The Local's blogger Natalia Brzezinski following a recent visit to Stockholm and reflected on Sweden's role in shaping global democracy. READ  

The Local List
Six real bonds between Sweden and Scotland
Haggis, Swedish style. Photo: Peter Isotalo/Wikicommons

Six real bonds between Sweden and Scotland

Scotland and Sweden may be separated by sea, but they have a lot more in common than you might think. After The Local's spoof video on a fake language link last week, we're taking a look at some of the real and striking similarities between the two nations. READ  

Opinion
Northern Sweden needs immigrants and tourists
Northern Sweden needs to do more to attract immigrants and tourists, argues Paul Connolly. Photo: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Northern Sweden needs immigrants and tourists

Our northern correspondent, Paul Connolly, explains why northern municipalities need to get their act together on immigration and tourism. READ  

Immigrants need time to learn Swedish: OECD
A Swedish class for immigrants in Stockholm. Photo: TT

Immigrants need time to learn Swedish: OECD

Sweden needs to do more to help its immigrants and refugees learn Swedish so they can become fully-integrated members of society who hold down jobs, the OECD has argued. READ  

My Swedish Career
'We give you the chance to drink through history'
Tiffany Alnefelt (left) giving her debut tour: Photo: Private

'We give you the chance to drink through history'

History buff Tiffany Alnefelt, 30, met her Swedish husband while she was studying in Ireland. The pair now run an alternative tour for visitors to Stockholm, via some of the city's oldest pubs. Bobbie Carlson tagged along. READ  

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