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Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing
Dancing protestors oppose the dance permits on the streets of Stockholm in 2012. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing

Spontaneous dancing remains outlawed in Sweden except in venues with special “dance licences” after a majority in parliament voted down a move to free the feet. READ  

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'It was a long journey and some of my friends died'
Princess and Lloyd Justus from Nigeria are seeking asylum along with their baby daughter. Photo: The Local

'It was a long journey and some of my friends died'

A week after the Swedish Migration Board announced it was tripling the maximum number of residents allowed at asylum centres, The Local brings you a special report from inside Märsta, the country's busiest asylum application centre just outside Stockholm, where hundreds of refugees spend their first nights in Sweden each week. READ  

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Is Swedish super coach Pia Sundhage quitting?
Pia Sundhage, left, celebrating after Sweden beats Scotland in the World Cup qualifier. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Is Swedish super coach Pia Sundhage quitting?

Swedish football coach Pia Sundhage's contract leading the women's national team runs out next year. And she has not yet made up her mind as to whether or not she wants to stay on. “If they asked me today, I would say no,” she told The Local on Friday. READ  

Nine more jailed for Stockholm Nazi attack
Police in Kärrtorp in December 2013. Photo: TT

Nine more jailed for Stockholm Nazi attack

Prison sentences of between three and eight months have been handed down to nine men involved in a neo-Nazi demonstration in Stockholm in 2013. Swedish courts have already punished fourteen others for their role in the brutal violence. READ  

Southern Sweden poised for 'winter comeback'
Snow in Stockholm on Saturday. Photo: The Local

Southern Sweden poised for 'winter comeback'

Snow was forecast for Wednesday night in Gothenburg and other parts of western and southern Sweden as forecasters said it remained unclear which parts of the country could expect warm weather over the Easter break. READ  

Hiding still 'indefinite' for Swedish artist Vilks
Lars Vilks pictured in Karlstad earlier this month. Photo: TT

Hiding still 'indefinite' for Swedish artist Vilks

Swedish artist Lars Vilks who is believed to be the intended target of one of the Copenhagen shootings, says police have told him he can never return to his home in southern Sweden, as he prepares to hold a debate in a secret location on Wednesday night. READ  

Housing boost plan revealed by coalition
Sweden's Prime Minister (centre) along with the country's Green Party leaders: Photo: TT

Housing boost plan revealed by coalition

UPDATED: Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has unveiled his strategy for tackling the nation's housing crisis, pledging that 150,000 new homes will be built each year from 2016, in a move designed to help both Swedish and international workers. READ  

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Why Stockholm is the 'Boston of Europe'

Why Stockholm is the 'Boston of Europe'

It’s no secret that Stockholm and Boston are premier cities for higher education on their respective sides of the Atlantic. But a closer look reveals that similarities between the two cities go well beyond academics. READ  

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'Sweden must embrace openness and diversity'
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'Sweden must embrace openness and diversity'

Sweden needs to get better at integration and firms need to see diversity as an asset, says Swedish business veteran Michael Treschow. And strong global bands alone can't protect against Sweden getting mixed up with Switzerland. READ  

The Local List
Ten ways Stockholm is cooler than Copenhagen
Is Stockholm better than Copenhagen? Photo: Image Bank Sweden/Ola Ericson

Ten ways Stockholm is cooler than Copenhagen

Last week The Local Denmark claimed that Copenhagen trumps Stockholm as the true capital of Scandinavia. But here at The Local Sweden we're convinced our city wins the battle hands down, and it's not just because of our mighty meatballs. READ  

Small businesses seek help in cashless Sweden
Swedish Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs Minister Per Bolund talks to fruit and vegetable salesman Ramazan Korkmaz. Photo: The Local

Small businesses seek help in cashless Sweden

Cash circulation is decreasing rapidly in Sweden, but it's been causing a headache for some small businesses. The Local meets with some of those affected in Stockholm ahead of a key debate in parliament later this week. READ  

Swedish pop star pushes for more girls in tech
Robyn (centre) and the other Tekla organizers. Photo: KTH

Swedish pop star pushes for more girls in tech

One of Sweden's most famous pop exports, Robyn, is launching a brand new festival, designed to get more Swedish school girls interested in technology. READ  

Opinion
'Sweden must be able to attract global talent'
Students at Stockholm University. Photo: Cecilia Larsson/Image Bank Sweden

'Sweden must be able to attract global talent'

If Sweden wants to take full advantage of globalization, it should rethink its strategy for reaching international talent, and even make English an official language, argues Maria Rankka, CEO of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. READ  

Sweden's Jews still face threat says Obama team
Malmö Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh and President Obama's special envoy Ira Forman. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Sweden's Jews still face threat says Obama team

The situation for Jews in Sweden has improved, but there is still cause for concern, said President Obama's special envoy against anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, during a high profile visit to Malmö on Monday. READ  

Millions affected by Swedbank web shutdown
Swedbank is one of Sweden's largest banks. Photo: TT

Millions affected by Swedbank web shutdown

Swedbank's website experienced major problems on Monday morning, with customers of one of the country's largest banks also reporting that they could not withdraw cash from ATMs. But issues were quickly resolved by the bank. READ  

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