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SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

Swedish researchers warn of Russian arms
Russian tanks. Photo: TT

Swedish researchers warn of Russian arms

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand thanks to Moscow's investments, despite a downturn in global defence spending, a Stockholm-based think-tank said on Monday. READ  

Assertive Russia causes Swedish military rethink

Assertive Russia causes Swedish military rethink

With an assertive Russia next door, Sweden has started to beef up its military after a decade of downsizing, but a credible deterrent may take years to achieve, analysts warn. READ  

Elections 2015
'Our party will stand alone': Stefan Löfven
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

'Our party will stand alone': Stefan Löfven

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has announced that the Social Democrats will not be entering the March elections together with the Green Party - and will be campaigning alone. READ  

Opinion
'All nuclear weapons must be abolished'
Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Photo:Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

'All nuclear weapons must be abolished'

The lessons of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 1940s must never be forgotten and there should be a united front to ensure all nuclear weapons are decommissioned, says Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

Sweden's opposition to get new woman leader
Anna Kinberg Batra speaks to the press after being put forward as the nominee to become the new Moderate Party leader. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Sweden's opposition to get new woman leader

Sweden's Moderate Party has nominated Anna Kinberg Batra to become its new leader in a move that could see her become the country's first ever female Prime Minister. READ  

Election 2015
Support for nationalists swells in Sweden
Fans of Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo:TT

Support for nationalists swells in Sweden

The number of Swedes intending to vote for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats has shot up according to a new poll by YouGov released on Monday. READ  

Election 2015
'Plenty of space in Sweden for refugees'
File photo: TT

'Plenty of space in Sweden for refugees'

Former Prime Minister and outgoing Moderate Party leader Fredrik Reinfeldt has once again ruled out any cooperation with the Sweden Democrats, stating that Sweden has plenty of space for more refugees. READ  

'Neo-fascist' Sweden Democrats want apology
Sweden Democrat party secretary Björn Söder giving a speech at the party's meeting in Västerås. Photo: Per Groth/TT

'Neo-fascist' Sweden Democrats want apology

The Sweden Democrats have demanded an apology from Prime Minister Stefan Löfven after he branded the party "neo-fascists" in a newspaper article. READ  

Video: The Local asks...
What should happen to capital's iconic junction?
Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

What should happen to capital's iconic junction?

Stockholm's Social Democrat-Green city council recently halted demolition work on Slussen, an iconic Stockholm junction that has split opinion in the city for decades. The Local asked Stockholmers what they thought should happen next? READ  

Submarine hunt
Submarine hunters 'robbed' of reward cash
Swedish military ships during the search. Photo: TT

Submarine hunters 'robbed' of reward cash

Swedish soldiers who volunteered to join the hunt for a foreign vessel in Swedish waters in October are complaining that they lost earnings by taking part in the search in Stockholm's archipelago. READ  

Election 2015
Sweden prepares for frosty election campaign
Ten million ballot papers are on standby in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden prepares for frosty election campaign

Swedens's top politicians were spending Thursday looking ahead to fresh spring elections in March 2015, after the country's Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Löfven called a snap vote following a budget defeat. READ  

Opinion
Sweden's mess reveals Denmark's strength
Unlike her counterpart in Stockholm, Helle Thorning-Schmidt knows that what matters is what can pass through parliament. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Sweden's mess reveals Denmark's strength

With Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven forced to call a new election just three months into his term, Danish journalist and political commentator David Trads says the crisis reveals the strength of Denmark's coalition government. READ  

Budget crisis
Ten million ballot papers on standby in Sweden
Ballot papers stacked up in Malmö in September 2014. Photo: TT

Ten million ballot papers on standby in Sweden

Sweden’s election authority says it has already ordered millions of new ballot papers as the country faces the prospect of a new election. A future vote could spring some surprises, according to polling firm Novus. READ  

Analysis: Budget crisis
'Sweden will have a new election in the spring'
Three leading figures in the centre-right Alliance, Anna Kinberg Batra, Annie Lööf and Jan Björklund, leave government building after talks on Tuesday with PM Stefan Löfven.

'Sweden will have a new election in the spring'

Sweden's government crisis will most likely result in fresh elections in the spring, political scientist Jenny Madestam tells The Local. READ  

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