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Enough! The murder of a Swedish football fan
The memorial in Helsinborg to the slain man. File: TT

Enough! The murder of a Swedish football fan

A fortnight after a football fan died a violent death in Helsingborg, The Local’s Patrick Reilly joined the away fans at the first game in town since the killing - "It was, quite simply, the worst day in the club's history." READ () »

Northern Dispatches
Five things I love about northern Sweden
File photo: Fredrik Rubensson/Flickr

Five things I love about northern Sweden

Serial grump Paul Connolly has found a happy place in northern Sweden (and the land's cheap too). Honestly. In fact, he's listed five things worth loving about life near the Arctic Circle. READ () »

Op-Ed
'Using the F word disrespects immigrants'
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'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 () »

'Hey expats, let Swedes swear in English'
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'Hey expats, let Swedes swear in English'

The furore this week over the name of the Gothenburg sandwich shop, F**king Awesome Sandwich, is a depressing reminder of the immaturity of some expats in Sweden, argues contributor Paul Connolly. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
The magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Deepti pre-personnummer in suburban Stockholm. Photo: Private

The magic of Sweden's personal ID number

When I first moved to Sweden, I wondered how I'd ever survive the cold. But I knew little of the real struggle ahead – life in Sweden without a personnummer. Deepti Vashisht explains how a ten-digit number unlocks endless possibilities. READ () »

The Local Video
VIDEO: How to embrace The Swedish Hug

VIDEO: How to embrace The Swedish Hug

A week after writing a column about Swedes and their obsession with hugs, The Local's Oliver Gee hits the streets of Stockholm to answer his critics and to finally embrace a most intimate of Swedish customs. 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 () »

Do Italians like Sweden's Italian restaurants?

Do Italians like Sweden's Italian restaurants?

Swedes throng the Italian joints all the time, but what about the natives? There are 1,882 restaurants in Stockholm serving Italian food, but the Italian expats haven't been much satisfied by any. READ () »

Introducing: Sweden's latest pop sensation
Photo: TT

Introducing: Sweden's latest pop sensation

Swedish pop music is currently so much in the ascendancy that pop stars, the blogosphere and the music press seem to be acclaiming a “new Swedish sensation” every month, argues The Local's music contributor Paul Connolly. 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 () »

Op-Ed
I can't embrace Swedes' obsession with the hug
Swedish entertainers Danny Saucedo and Måns Zelmerlöw are HFF now. File: TT

I can't embrace Swedes' obsession with the hug

Despite years of life in Sweden under his belt, The Local's Oliver Gee simply can't come to grips with Swedes and their fascination with hugging. And he's not alone. READ () »

Religion in Sweden
Swedish prejudice 'baffles' Catholic convert
Directions to a Catholic church in Sweden. File photo: Moonhouse/Flickr

Swedish prejudice 'baffles' Catholic convert

Former flower-power commune resident Rebecka tells The Local how a near-death experience propelled her into the arms of monks, and why Swedes are taught to distrust Catholics. READ () »

Interview
Why expats should vote at the Euro-elections
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt casts his vote at the last EU elections in 2009. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix

Why expats should vote at the Euro-elections

The European Parliament elections have long been democracy’s poor relation, with only four in ten people using their votes last time around. With the next election approaching in May, the EU’s man in Stockholm tells James Savage why people - and expats in particular - should pay more attention. READ () »

The Local List
Ten hidden Stockholm gems for less than a latte
The Västerbron bridge at night. File photo: Michael Cavén/Flickr

Ten hidden Stockholm gems for less than a latte

Stockholm is an expensive city at the best of times, so here at The Local we've come up with ten hidden gems you can see around the capital - all for less than 30 kronor. But how? READ () »

The Swede who's taking over Bollywood
Elli Avram in a promotional shot for the film Mickey Virus. Photo: Mickey Virus/Facebook

The Swede who's taking over Bollywood

Bollywood's next big thing could be a 23-year-old Swede who has entranced India and mastered Hindi on the way. She tells The Local's Deepti Vashisht about her love for Mumbai, and why she feels safer there than in Sweden. READ () »

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"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 »

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