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'More men must stand up against abuse in Sweden'
Equality Minister Åsa Regnér. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Sweden's equality minister Åsa Regnér on why the government is introducing a new strategy on male violence against women.

Joe Biden: 'Sweden has shown great leadership'
Joe Biden, left, and Stefan Löfven. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

US Vice President Joe Biden praised Sweden for "punching way above its weight" in the global refugee crisis.

Was there a secret plot to kill Swedish ex-UN chief?
Dag Hammarskjöld, the UN's Secretary General, pictured months before his death in 1961. Photo: TT

Ban Ki-moon wants to find out.

Joe Biden to arrive in Sweden for refugee talks
Stefan Löfven meets Joe Biden during a visit to Washington in March 2015. Photo: Monica Enqvist/Government Offices of Sweden

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive in Stockholm on Wednesday evening ahead of talks with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven that are expected to focus on migration and refugees.

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30 Swedish movies you must see before you die
Thomas Hedegran and Rolf Lassgård in thriller The Hunters. Photo: Photo: Per Pettersson/TT

Film buff Christian Ekvall picks out 30 definitive Swedish movies you must see to understand the soul of the country's cinema.

EU may block 'more generous' asylum policies in Sweden
Volunteers help refugees at Malmö Central Station in September 2015. File photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Sweden will be unable to adopt a more generous policy on refugees should the EU approve tougher laws of its own.

John Kerry's private visit to Stockholm causes stir
John Kerry pictured on a previous, more official, Sweden visit. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

American Secretary of State John Kerry – and his inevitable entourage – have been causing a stir in Sweden. However the statesman is not in Sweden on official business.

Sweden could ban begging after pressure from councils
A beggar on the streets of Stockholm. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Sweden could ban begging, after other measures to prevent Romanians and Bulgarians asking for money on Swedish streets had little effect.

'Sweden must do more to tempt UK firms after Brexit'
Andreas Hatzigeorgiou wants Sweden to be ready to pounce once Theresa May triggers Article 50. Photos: Maria Agrell/Handelskammaren, Markus Schreiber/AP

Solve the housing crisis for starters, says Andreas Hatzigeorgiou from the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Sweden minister quits over drink driving
"The biggest mistake of my life. I will take responsibility." Photo: TT

UPDATE: Aida Hadzialic, 29, Sweden's youngest ever minister, was just over the limit.

'Norrland should vote on independence from Sweden'
Should Sweden’s furthest north be independent? One journalist thinks so. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Should Norrland in northern Sweden follow Scotland's example and demand a referendum on independence? Journalist Lotta Gröning tells The Local why she thinks so.

Death threats force Swedish band to hire bodyguards
Black Ingvars, who pulled out of the Sommarfestivalen event. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

A member of Swedish group Black Ingvars says the group has received several anonymous threats.

‘Trump could be dangerous’: Former Swedish PM
'Donald Trump's statements have been characterised by being very emotionally volatile,’ said Reinfeldt. Photo: TT

A Donald Trump triumph in the US presidential election could make the world more ‘dangerous,' according to former Swedish prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Refugee crisis
Hundreds more to protest tougher Swedish asylum laws
Protestors outside the Riksdag on Wednesday. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Organizers expect more people to turn up for the second day of protests near the Riksdag than the first, which attracted around 500 demonstrators.

Swedish questions over Russia summit invitation
Moscow's Red Square. Photo: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Russia reportedly wants Nato, including non-Nato members Sweden and Finland, to come to a meeting in Moscow. But Sweden says it has received no invitation.

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