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Really old stinky cheese found on royal Swedish shipwreck
A diamond ring, the stinky cheese and gold coins. Photo: Lars Einarsson/Kalmar County Museum

Swedish scientists have discovered what is believed to be 340-year-old cheese on board a 17th century shipwreck.

'Let refugees go to uni while they wait': demand
A student at Stockholm University. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Asylum seekers in Sweden should be allowed to start university studies while they are waiting for decisions on their cases, it has been proposed.

Pupils' school photo Nazi salute 'wasn't criminal'
The harbour in Simrishamn, close to where the incident took place. Photo: Jorchr/Wikimedia Commons

Four high school students who performed a Nazi salute in a school photo have had their convictions for inciting racial hatred quashed by an appeal court.

High security as Orlando top of mind at Stockholm Pride
This man might not actually be a police officer. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Nothing is being left to chance, organizers insist.

My Swedish Career
'Fashion is this big industry that can really do better'
Social entrepreneur Stefanie Smith. Photo: Elinor Magnusson

The Local talks to US social entrepreneur Stefanie Smith about transparent fashion and why Sweden's startup scene is about more than just tech.

Sweden to sizzle in the sun for a few more days
The beach at Båstad on Saturday. Photo: TT

The heatwave that hit most of Sweden last week is set to continue until Wednesday at least, according to Swedish weather forecaster, SMHI.

Muslim man fired for not shaking women's hands
File photo of people shaking hands. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

A man is suing a local council in Sweden after he lost his job for refusing to shake hands with female colleagues.

Stay out, the water's filthy! Germs ruin Swedes' swims
Seagulls only.

Fancy a dip? If so, you might want to keep your mouth shut.

Police bust major drugs ring in Sweden
A photo of 50 kilos of amphetamine seized in Malmö earlier this year. Photo: Police/TT

Police in Sweden say that they have busted a major amphetamine smuggling gang, as part of a multinational operation involving police from the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Refugee crisis
Sweden's tough new residency laws begin
Protesters outside the Riksdag on the day the laws were approved. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Asylum seekers in Sweden are now granted the minimum level of rights the EU requires of member states.

Why everyone is talking about Sweden's GTA pride parade
An image from the Los Santos Pride mod. Photo: Garbergs

The Los Santos Pride modification adds a pride parade to computer game Grand Theft Auto V. Its co-creator told The Local that it has sparked plenty of debate only a week after launching.

Swedish House Mafia DJ sparks popsicle protest
Sebastian Ingrosso's performing with Swedish House Mafia in 2012. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Temperance advocates in Sweden are unhappy with DJ and producer Sebastian Ingrosso's alcoholic popsicles.

Opinion
'Sweden is the most extreme country in the world'
Swedes celebrating National Day in Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

In terms of values Sweden is the most extreme country in the world, argues Patrik Lindenfors, associate professor at Stockholm University's Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution.

Pooping birds plague Swedish tourist town
The cormorant, scourge of Swedish town Trosa. Photo: Claus Getsen/TT & Trosa Tourism

The smell of bird poo in a popular Swedish tourist town is so bad that a local resident felt the need to take action.

Refugee crisis
Most Swedes think refugees make country stronger: poll
Asylum seekers arriving in Malmö in 2015. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

The results of a new survey of European nations show just how complex and varied opinions on refugees and immigration are in Sweden.

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