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Swedish city apartment buyers in 'trouble' zone
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Swedish city apartment buyers in 'trouble' zone

One of Sweden's biggest banks has warned that too many potential buyers in Gothenburg and Stockholm are set to spend more than 30 percent of their disposable income on monthly mortgage payments and related costs, putting them in danger of potential financial problems in future. READ  

Sweden drops in leading global business rankings
Sweden is still one of the tenth most competitive nations in the world. Photo: Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se

Sweden drops in leading global business rankings

High taxes and unemployment have pushed Sweden down to ninth place from fifth a year earlier in an annual world competitiveness survey by a leading Swiss business school. READ  

'Rotten’ business claims at Nordic TeliaSonera
A TeliaSonera conference in Stockholm last year. Photo: TT

'Rotten’ business claims at Nordic TeliaSonera

Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera has been accused of “rotten” business dealings in Azerbaijan, following a separate bribery scandal in Uzbekistan. READ  

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Healthcare: Nine questions every expat should ask
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Healthcare: Nine questions every expat should ask

We all know living abroad brings lots of adventure and excitement, but also raises lots of questions. And when it comes you and your family's health, we often don’t know what questions to ask until an unforeseen event prompts us to look for answers. READ  

Swedish banks 'make life easy for terrorists'
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Swedish banks 'make life easy for terrorists'

Sweden’s financial watchdog has hit two of Sweden’s biggest banks, Nordea and Handelsbanken, with heavy fines for their failure to prevent money laundering. READ  

Swedish Spotify teams up with US cafe chain
Spotify will allow Starbucks to create playlists for its stores. Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Swedish Spotify teams up with US cafe chain

Starbucks customers could soon be listening to Spotify lists as they sip their lattes, after the coffee giant announced a new partnership with the Swedish streaming leader. READ  

Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe
A company partly owned by a Swedish firm is being investigated for alleged diaper cartels. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Swedish firm SCA in Colombian diaper probe

A company owned by scandal-hit Swedish industry giant SCA is suspected of having been part of two secret cartels to push up the price of, among other things, toilet paper and diapers in Colombia, according to a Swedish newspaper. READ  

Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange
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Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange

The world's first Bitcoin-based security on a regulated exchange has been launched in Sweden. The digital currency began trading on the Stockholm market on Monday. READ  

Push to up prices in Swedish stores stalls
Shoppers in Malmö. Photo: TT

Push to up prices in Swedish stores stalls

Consumer prices failed to go up in April, despite a package of measures designed to boost inflation, increase spending at Swedish tills and grow the nation's economy. READ  

Sweden dumps toxic ash on Norway island
Part of the facility on Langøya. Photo: Noah

Sweden dumps toxic ash on Norway island

Sweden has dumped than 500,000 tonnes of toxic ash from waste incinerators on a small island just outside Oslo, enraging Norwegian environmentalists. READ  

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Why Sweden's economy is 'brightening' in 2015
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Why Sweden's economy is 'brightening' in 2015

Sweden's economy is set to get a boost in 2015 and the coming years, with "strong investment and a brightening outlook for exports", according to a key EU report released on Tuesday. The Local looks at why the Nordic nation is on the up. READ  

Night owls nab jobs at Sweden's Volvo Cars
Volvo shift worker Sandra Hellgren. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall / TT

Night owls nab jobs at Sweden's Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars has reintroduced night shifts at its plant in Torslanda in west Sweden, creating an extra 1,500 jobs in the company's home region. READ  

Why is Sweden keeping a negative interest rate?
Swedish kronor. Photo. Jessica Gow/TT

Why is Sweden keeping a negative interest rate?

UPDATED: Sweden's central bank (the Riksbank) has announced that the nation's key interest rate, the repo, is likely to remain at its record low of -0.25 percent until 2016. READ  

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'Educated immigrants get stuck in limbo in Sweden'
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'Educated immigrants get stuck in limbo in Sweden'

Countless degree holders who move to Sweden struggle to get their credentials recognized and find work. The Local speaks to a Swedish union group trying to change that. READ  

1,000 jobs to go at Swedish energy giant
Swedish energy giant Vattenfall is to cut 1,000 jobs. Photo: TT

1,000 jobs to go at Swedish energy giant

UPDATED: One thousand workers are set to be let go after Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall announced major staff cuts on Tuesday morning, in a bid to curb costs. READ  

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