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Minecraft creator beats Beyonce in mansion bid
Markus Persson created hit game Minecraft. Photo: TT

Minecraft creator beats Beyonce in mansion bid

UPDATED: Swedish billionaire Markus Persson is reported to have outbid the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce with his half billion kronor offer ($70 million) for a 2,000-square-metre Beverly Hills mansion. 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  

What's On in Sweden
What's On in Sweden: December 18th to 25th
Gamla Stan's Christmas market. Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden: December 18th to 25th

With a week left until Christmas, the next few days are sure to be a balancing act with last minute shopping, visiting Sweden’s Christmas markets before some close for the year - and, time permitting, checking out some circus performers. READ  

Sweden and Romania to discuss begging surge
A Roma beggar in Umeå last week. Photo: The Local

Sweden and Romania to discuss begging surge

Romania's Social Affairs and Labour Minister Rovana Plumb has accepted an invitation to Stockholm in January to discuss the rising number of Roma people begging in Sweden's major towns and cities. READ  

My Swedish Career
'I came to Sweden for orienteering and stayed'
Evan Barr (left) as a GPS runner in cross country competition Lidingöloppet. Photo: Private

'I came to Sweden for orienteering and stayed'

For this week’s My Swedish Career, Mimmi Nilsson meets Australian Evan Barr, who came to Sweden to represent his country in an orienteering competition but changed lanes to work as a road traffic designer in Stockholm. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make Swedish styled snaps
A Swedish Christmas dinner means there will be snaps. Photo: TT

How to make Swedish styled snaps

Traditionally, Swedes eat herring on two occasions a year: Midsummer and Christmas. And as soon as there’s herring, there’s snaps and songs to accompany the occasion. John Duxbury shares his favourite Swedish style snaps recipe with The Local. READ  

What's On in Sweden
What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Christmas markets in Stockholm's Old Town. Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th

If you're stuck for a plan in Sweden this week you've come to the right place. Wrap up warm as the festive season gets into full swing across the country, as Umeå prepares to mark the end of its year as a European Capital of Culture. READ  

The Local List
Ten things to know before a Swedish party
Good socks (and pants) count at a Swedish party. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten things to know before a Swedish party

As the festive season gets underway, here are The Local's tips on how to prepare to party in Sweden. From bringing your own booze to the politics of snack sharing and the benefits of good underwear, we've got you covered. READ  

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Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?
Tattoo photo: Shutterstock

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  

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  

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  

What's on in Sweden
What's on in Sweden: December 4th - 11th
Actors Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia on the set of The Bridge. Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT

What's on in Sweden: December 4th - 11th

More Christmas markets are springing up around Sweden this weekend, Umeå's orchestra is performing a winter finale and in Malmö it's your last chance to hop on board the bus that celebrates Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge. READ  

Sweden's Avicii is most played Spotify artist
Sweden's Avicii performing in New York. Photo: TT

Sweden's Avicii is most played Spotify artist

House DJ Avicii was the most streamed artist on Spotify in his home country in 2014, according to new figures released by the Swedish music giant. READ  

The Local List
Five tasty cheap eats in Sweden's Gothenburg
Lunch in a record store? Photo: Routes North

Five tasty cheap eats in Sweden's Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s eating and drinking scene is one of the most exciting in Sweden. But it can be tricky to dine out without breaking the bank. For this week's Local List, Steve Vickers from travel guide Routes North presents some top tips for cheap eats that will make your mouth water. READ  

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Top Swedish songs of the month: December
Linnea Olsson. Photo: Marco Saavala/TT

Top Swedish songs of the month: December

The Local's resident music guru Paul Connolly is back with a selection of his favourite Swedish tracks to see you through December and into 2015. No Christmas songs. No Swedish Idol pop tracks. Enjoy! READ  

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