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Migration agency ’to get rid of LGBT experts’
Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

An internal report looking at ways to make Sweden’s Migration Agency more efficient has proposed the agency gets rid of specialists dedicated to LGBT-related issues. The move has prompted the country’s main gay rights group to see red.

23 people tricked into renting the same Malmö apartment
Sweden's housing market is notoriously tricky. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

"I have never felt so stupid and so conned."

Furious fireman lashes out at Malmö car arsonists
Firefighters battle a blaze in Malmö earlier this month. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A fireman in Malmö has won praise across Sweden for calling out arsonists on the “bullshit” reasons behind a spate of car fires in the southern city.

Analysis
Gothenburg grenade blast is 'part of a cycle of violence'
Police investigators at the scene of the grenade blast in Gothenburg. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The Local speaks to two crime experts about why an eight-year-old boy became the latest victim of gang-related conflicts in Gothenburg.

Why Sweden could change its pre-trial detention laws
A Swedish remand prison in Malmö. Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT

"We have received strong international criticism over a number of years," Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented on the much-criticised current system.

Opinion
'Integration is about more than a language and a job'
Abdulalim Alkatea. Photo: Private

Learning the local language and finding a job is not enough to become fully integrated in a society, argues Abdulalim Alkatea, a Syrian architect living in Sweden.

Stockholm metro could be 'driven by robots' by 2025
File photo: Ingvar Karmhed/TT

Stockholm County municipality has proposed modernisation plans including the goal of making one line of the city's metro system driverless within ten years.

New reports of Swedish festival sexual assaults
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

38 complaints have been filed at a single festival in Stockholm.

Olympics
Queen's 'adorable' phone case makes Rio headlines
Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustav at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Sweden's Queen Silvia's Olympic selfie did not go unnoticed.

Swedish store shamefaced over 'racist' receipt joke
Facepalm. Photo: Jazbeck/Flickr

A Swedish supermarket chain has apologized after a joke printed on one of its receipts was criticized by customers.

Immigration propels Swedish population close to ten million
Swedish football fans at Friends Arena. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Sweden's population is racing towards the ten million mark, new figures from Statistics Sweden show.

Drunk knight in armour detained in Stockholm
We're fairly sure this isn't the same knight. Photo: Staffan Lövstedt/TT

His helmet and sword gave him away.

Swedish Church membership takes a summer plummet
Uppsala Cathedral, seat of the head of the Swedish Church. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Preliminary figures show that a record number of members are asking to leave the Swedish Church during the summer, with the exodus blamed on media coverage of an expenses scandal.

Swedish footballer left in tears by national anthem debate
Astrit Ajdarevic playing for Sweden at the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Should footballers be forced to sing the national anthem before a match?

See Sweden's King and Queen pop out for pizza
King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and one happy pizza maker. Photo: Sangar Gafuri

'I'll have two capricciosas in the name of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, please.'

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